Morning Headlines: Wednesday 1st November 2017

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Tax Day

It’s tax day in Finland, when the taxable incomes of the rich and famous (and everyone else) in the country are revealed. Finnish media traditionally works itself into a frenzy finding out how much politicians, sports stars, entertainers and the business elite earn, and pay in tax. This year, three executives from Supercell gaming company had the highest taxable incomes in the country.

Lapland MP’s Catalan Connection

MP Mikko Kärnä (Centre) will publish details of his parliamentary motion today, calling for Finnish recognition of Catalan independence. Finland’s most northerly member of parliament has become an online star after his passionate supporter of the Catalan cause in recent weeks. But his tweets have caused some problems for the government; drawn praise and criticism from fellow politicians; sparked a slew of media stories of questionable quality; and made him a popular figure in Barcelona – even though he’s never visited. So who is Mika Kärnä? Read more in our original story.

Nordic Council Prizes 

The Nordic Council meetings continue in Helsinki today, but tonight the organisation will present its annual prizes. They’re awarded to people from Finland, Norway, Åland, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, Faroes and Denmark in categories covering literature, music, film and the environment. This week Prime Ministers, parliamentarians and experts are holding the 69th session of the Nordic Council in the Finnish capital.

Wednesday Morning Weather

It’s a cold start to Wednesday morning, and a mixed weather picture across the country according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. There will be some rain on the southwest coast; while along the southeast border bright sunshine to start the day. Temperatures start to dip down to -6°C in Central Finland and north in Lapland don’t expect anything warmer than -16°C.