Morning Headlines: Wednesday 25th October 2017

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Truck Crashes to Bridge – Morning Traffic Delays

There are likely to be lingering delays to traffic going to central Helsinki from Itäkeskus this morning, after a road accident. A cargo truck crashed on Itäväylä around 06:30. According to preliminary reports, the cargo load was too high and that’s why it hit a bridge overpass. The accident didn’t cause any personal injuries, nor significant damage to the bridge. Fire crews closed two out of three lanes on the motorway and the third may be closed as well while the truck’s cargo is removed. Delays could still hit morning commutes.

Finnish Classrooms for Saudi Teachers

One hundred teachers from Saudi Arabia have been spending six months learning about the Finnish education system – and more than half of them placed in Espoo schools. So what lessons have they learned so far, and can they implement change back home in their own classrooms? Plus, is Finland’s formerly stellar education system at risk of faltering due to government budget cuts? Read more in our original story here.

Economic Outlook

The outlook for the rest of 2017 will be revealed today by the technology industry, as they present their latest research. They’ve culled information from tech company order books, order backlogs, turnover and number of employees and think it helps them map out where their industry’s economy is going over the next few months. The tech industry is an important engine for the Finnish economy. For example, in 2015 the turnover of Finnish technology companies was more than €68 billion.

Saara Aalto Record Deal

Finnish singer Saara Aalto has a new record deal this morning. Aalto says she will switch record labels from Sony to Warner, and end cooperation with music mogul Simon Cowell. In 2016, Aalto finished as runner up on Cowell’s X Factor reality television show, after winning the British public’s support for her big voice song-and-dance routines. She tells The Sun newspaper there is no bad blood between her and Cowell, but that Warner has promised to turn her into a “big theatrical actress” with this new global deal.

Wednesday Weather

That winter weather meteorologists have been talking about? It’s likely to hit today, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Wednesday will see rain across most of the country, but during the night expect snowfalls from southern and western parts of Helsinki up to Oulu. Driving conditions are likely to be bad on Wednesday night in particular.