Morning headlines: Wednesday 13th March 2019

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Brexit uncertainty is already hurting Finnish businesses 

On an industrial estate in Vantaa, the effects of Brexit are already being felt. Even though the United Kingdom hasn’t yet left the European Union, the uncertainty of what comes next after 29th March makes life both complicated and worrying for Finnish companies that do business with Britain. Colly Company is a small engineering firm with 15 employees, and the two biggest suppliers for their specialist equipment both have their European distribution hubs in UK. “For us it’s been a miserable time. You know that somebody is going to shoot you, but you don’t know with what, or where. It’s a very unpleasant situation” says Managing Director Juha Nyberg. The situation at Colly is being mirrored at companies across Finland, and the uncertainty is bad for business. Read more about the situation in our original story here.

Norwegian cancels Finland flights over Boeing ban 

Low-cost airline Norwegian has canceled five Finland flights, as European countries impose a ban on a specific type of aircraft flying around the continent. The Boeing 737 Max 8 is the same model that crashed in Ethiopia on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. Another of the planes, belonging to Lion Air, crashed in Indonesia last October. Both of those planes were only a few months old. The EU, Australia and China are among the countries that have ordered the Max 8 aircraft to be grounded for the time being as a safety precaution. Norwegian uses those planes on flights from Stockholm to Helsinki, and from Helsinki to Oulu which have been canceled.

Finns distancing themselves from religion 

Organised religion is falling out of favour with young Finns especially. In new figures released this morning by the Church Research Centre show the biggest changes in attitudes from people aged 25 to 34. In this age group 29% of women and 22% of men say they’ve abandoned their believe in a ‘God’. More generally, the survey reveals that the number of people not preferring belief in a specific religion is still on the rise in Finland, up to 1.45 million people by the end of 2017. The proportion was highest among the 30 to 39 year old age bracket, where 40% don’t believe in any religion.

Wednesday morning weather 

There’s only one corner of the country that starts Wednesday morning with temperatures on freezing. That’s Åland. For everywhere else expect temperatures below zero. In Lapland there’s plenty of sunshine again, but temperatures drop as low as -20C. That sunshine continues across most of the rest of Finland with temperatures down to -17C on the eastern border, -12C in Central Finland with a chance of snow, and warming up to -2C around the south coast from Turku to Helsinki.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 13th March 2019 / Credit: FMI