Morning headlines: Wednesday 29th May 2019

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Government talks enter final phase 

Talks to form Finland’s next coalition government are entering their final phase today. Working groups have been discussing the financial framework and today the leaders of the Social Democrats, Centre Party, Greens, Left Alliance and Swedish People’s Party will get together to assess the results. SDP chief Antti Rinne, who will become Finland’s next prime minister, says the government will increase spending by €1.2 billion, covered by taxes and budget redistribution. Rinne says the country will not take on any extra debt to fund the spending increase for the new government’s programme.

South Korean president to visit Finland 

The President of South Korea is set to pay a state visit to Finland in June. Moon Jae-in will be hosted by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio. On the agenda for the visit are bilateral talks to discussion regional issues and what the President’s office calls “global multilateral cooperation”. President Moon will also meet with politicians and visit Aalto University, while his wife goes to the new Helsinki Children’s Hospital and the Design Museum. There will be a gala dinner in the Presidential Palace in the evening. The last time a South Korean president visited Finland was back in 2006.

World Championship tour continues

For a sports tournament that comes around every year, the Finnish men’s ice hockey team are really milking their World Championship win! The team continues to tour the country showing off the silverware they won with a 3-1 victory over Canada on Sunday night. Today they’ll be in Tampere at 18:00 attending a party for fans, while the coach will be in Riihimäki at the same time where the city has organised an event to recognise his achievements.

Wednesday morning weather

It’s a rainy start to Wednesday across much of the country, with the heaviest downpours across Lapland, and precipitation covering Central Finland and the south east as well. When rain falls, temperatures range from +6C in northern Lapland to +10C in Jyväskylä. The best of the sunshine – and temperatures – this morning is in Turku and the south west, up to +14C as Wednesday begins. It’s overcast with glimpses of sun in the capital city region as well, temperatures around +11C.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday 29th May 2019 / Credit: FMI