Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th May 2019

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New government coalition announcement expected today 

Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne is expected to announce later today which parties he has asked to form the country’s next coalition government. Since the election on 14th April which saw Rinne’s party take a slender lead in the number of seats, the Social Democrats have been asking the other political parties first to fill in a detailed policy questionnaire, and then having a series of meetings with them. Rinne needs one big party – widely expected to be the National Coalition Party – plus other moderate-sized parties like the Greens, to form a majority government.

One person dead in overnight fire 

One person has been killed in an overnight house fire in Pieksämäki, South Savo. Rescue crews received an emergency call around 01:00 on Tuesday morning and when they arrived at the building they tackled the blaze which was contained in a flat on the first floor of a three storey block. Other residents inside the apartment building were evacuated, and firefighters found the victim’s body in the bathroom of their apartment. This morning, police and fire investigators will be looking into the cause of the fire.

Arctic Council Ministerial day 2 

The Arctic Council Ministerial meeting continues today in Rovaniemi. It brings together politicians and officials from eight Arctic nations, plus representatives from indigenous groups and non-governmental organisations. Monday’s important item was a bullish speech from America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said his country would increase military and diplomatic engagement in the region in response to what he said were damaging Russian and Chinese actions. Read more at our story here.

Finnish startup workers earn less than Nordic counterparts

A new study this morning from Danske Bank finds that people working in Finnish startups are earning less than their Nordic counterparts – but they’re also working fewer hours as well. The survey finds that Finnish startup workers earn on average €45,000 per year while in Denmark startup wages are an average of €61,000. But Finns work the shortest working week at 42 hours on average while Norwegians toil at their startups for 49 hours each week. The Danske Bank survey also finds that men working in startups earn more money than women.

Tuesday morning weather 

It’s a bright start to Tuesday morning across the whole country, with the temperatures slightly warmer than they’ve been in recent days. Temperatures range from +3C in parts of Lapland to +7C in the south of the country at the start of the day. It’s generally sunny all over, but with increasing cloud cover for Central Finland and parts of the country south of that.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 7th May 2019 / Credit: FMI