Finland’s autumn parliament session gets underway today, in the freshly renovated parliament building. Politicians had been in temporary debating venues during the remodeling work. Security will be on the agenda for autumn, as MPs decide if more powers are needed for the security services in the wake of August’s Turku knife attack. But the government and opposition parties all agree that the economy and employment are their biggest priorities – getting people back to work, and continuing Finland’s economic recovery. Read more in our original story here.
Tampere Fire Under Control
A terrain fire in Kurikka neighbourhood has been brought under control by firefighters, after smoke spread to nearby downtown Tampere. The blaze broke out around 03:00 this morning, with rescue services saying they received many calls from people worried about the smell of smoke. At one point, heavy smoke drifted to the nearby highway, according to the Finnish Transport Agency. Nobody was injured in the fire, which has now been contained.
Nurse Neglect Court Case
A court case begins in Turku today, for nurses charged with negligence of elderly patients at Kupitta Hostpial. One nurse is accused of assault and breach of duty of care; another is accused of deprivation of liberty, breaches of official duties and ill-treatment; and the third has been charged with two breaches of duty over incidents involving elderly psychiatric patients. The alleged crimes took place between 2009 and 2013. In May, one Kupitta nurse was convicted of assaulting a patient.
Car Import Sales Up
There’s been an increase in the number of second-hand cars imported from abroad, after several years of economic slump in Finland, according to Uutissuomalainen newspaper group. Import volumes rose about 30% between 2014 and 2016 according to their research. In 2014, there were 19,000 cars imported to Finland. By 2016 that number had risen to 24,700 vehicles. Pekka Rissa, Managing Director of the National Car Dealers Association says he expects 28,700 cars to be imported from abroad to Finland during this year. In 2014, Finnish courts lowered the level of tax paid on used imported cars.
The men’s Eurobasket tournament continues today in Helsinki with the Finnish national squad Susijengi – Wolfpack – taking on Greece. The top four teams in the group proceed to the next round of the tournament, and if Finland beats Greece – considered the weakest in their group – they will secure a place.
Tuesday starts out bright and fresh across the whole of the country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Temperatures range from +2°C along the eastern border, to a pleasant +10°C in Lapland and +13°C in the Åland Islands at the start of the day. However, a stiff breeze along south and southwest coastal areas will take the edge off the warm sun, making it feel cooler than you’d expect.