Morning Headlines: Wednesday 25th July 2018

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Finnish Provinces Will Have To Be Reduced

The number of municipalities in Finland will have to be reduced if they want to survive. That’s the view of Päivi Nerg, Undersecretary of State for Finance, speaking to Rural Future magazine today. One of the plans in the government’s social and healthcare reform – known as sote in Finnish – is to take responsibility for healthcare away from the 311 smaller municipalities, and make them a regional responsibility in 18 or 19 larger provinces. Nerg says that the smallest municipalities will not be able to perform their duties to provide healthcare to inhabitants without cooperation, so the number of municipalities will be reduced either through a crisis of supply, or by the weakest volunteering to cooperate. Although the government wants 18 or 19 new large provinces taking care of issues like health for a bigger number of inhabitants, Nerg says five or 12 provinces would have been a better final number in some instances, for example rescue services.

Brisk Business For Posti, Kesko

Finland’s Posti increased its operating profits to €6.1 million in the second quarter. New figures announced this morning show the improvement in operating costs was accompanies by a steep increase in the number of letters and parcels being carried. In April to June, Posti carried 10.5 million items, which is a new record in the second quarter. More new figures out this morning show retail giant Kesko increased its operating profit to €89 million in the second quarter – that’s up from €84 million in the same period one year ago. Operating profits grew in all core businesses in from April to June. The company says net sales increased by 4% year-on-year.

Finnish Golfer Going To PGA

Finnish golfer Mikko Korhonen got some good news this week – he’s been invited to the last major tournament of the season, the PGA Championship in America. The PGA Championship takes place in St. Louis from August 9th to 12th and is considered one of the golfing world’s most prestigious events. Korhonen is currently having one of his best seasons on the European circuit, and is ranked 98th in golf’s most recent rankings. He’ll be only the second Finnish man, after Mikko Ilonen in 2015, to receive a PGA invitation.

Wednesday Morning Weather

There’s not too much relief from hot weather today, with temperatures forecast above +25C for most of the country today. Rain or thunderstorms are mostly found in northern Lapland, with strong winds and lightning warnings in place for some areas. There’s a forest fire warning still in place across much of the country due to drought conditions.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 25th July 2018 / Credit: FMI