Supo – no election interference detected
The Finnish Security Police Supo says they didn’t detect any signs of interference in April’s general election. The findings come as the Ministry of Justice concludes that its pre-election efforts to train thousands of people in Finland about possible election interference were successful. However, the ministry’s report made it clear there is still work to be done to deepen know-how, and recommends that the electoral system should be defined as part of Finland’s critical infrastructure in future.
More than half of Finns follow news mainly online
More than half of Finns say that their biggest sources of news can be found online – and the number of people using only the internet to get news is growing. Those are some of the results found in the Digital News Report from Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford which asked thousands of people around the world about their news habits. In Finland, the popularity of blogs and social media as the main source of news is also growing steadily – and one casualty is print media, whose role is less than in previous years.
Report: Government plans to increase maternity & paternity leave
The government is planning to make changes to family leave, by increasing paid maternity and paternity leave to five months. The Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen (Left) is working on plans in conjunction with unions to reform the country’s legislation on family leave.
Finland beats Lichtenstein – ranked number 182
Finland’s men’s national team scored a 2-0 win on the road in Vaduz on Tuesday night, overcoming the world’s 182nd ranked football team with goals from Teemu Pukki in the first half and Benjamin Källman in the second half. Tuesday’s win means that Finland has won three out of their four games played in Group J, trying to qualify for the 2020 European Championship tournament. The next time the national team take to the field in European action is to play Greece in a qualifier game in September.
Wednesday morning weather
It’s a cool but bright start to Wednesday morning across most of the country – apart from a band of cloud across central and southern Lapland. Temperatures range from +5C in north east Lapland to +10C in Oulu; +9C through Central Finland; +12C in Turku and the south west; and +13C in Helsinki and the capital city region.