Morning headlines: Wednesday 3rd July 2019

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Report: Authorities suspect secrets leak to Helsingin Sanomat 

STT Finnish News Agency says authorities are investigating a possible security leak in connection with a Helsingin Sanomat newspaper story from December 2017 about Finland’s top secret communications centre. Police have already been investigating how two HS journalists got hold of the decade-old material, which authorities say was classified. Now, STT says another line of enquiry is being followed by the National Bureau of Investigation looking at who exactly had access to the documents which were passed to the journalists at the paper.

Japanese royal visitors head to Turku 

The Crown Prince and Princess of Japan continue their official visit to Finland today. The day begins with a wreath-laying ceremony at Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki, and later the royal couple will travel west to tour Turku where they’ll tour the castle and cathedral and meet with President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio at Kultaranta in Naantali. The four-day visit wraps up on Friday.

Man rescued from Pori water 

A passer-by has potentially saved the life of a man who was spotted in Kokemäenjoki in Pori. The incident happened around 22:00 on Wednesday night when someone spotted the man in the water and alerted rescue services. The man was unable to get out the water on his own due to the height of the embankment at that spot in the river. Rescue crews arrived at the scene and were able to fish the man out of the water and administer first aid. It’s not known how long he had been in the water, or how he fell in.

Cool weather brings more tourists to Finland

Tourists from continental Europe – and further afield – are coming to Finland to escape the hot weather in their homelands. That’s a story being reported by Ilta-Sanomat newspaper today. The newspaper talks to tourist officials who say a recent heatwave in Europe has prompted a spike in last-minute demand for holidays in Finland where the weather can be cooler – even on hot days it’s cooler than many other parts of the continent. In eastern Finland marketing company GoSaimaa says the feedback from Indian tourists in particular has praised the cool weather – as well as clean air and water in Finland.

Wednesday morning weather

It’s another mixed weather picture for Wednesday morning depending where in the country you happen to be. There’s sunshine around Kilpisjärvi in the far north west but rain in the north east of Lapland and cloudy with showers across much of the rest of the region. Further south there’s sunshine in the morning forecast for Oulu; sunshine too down the west coast, in to Turku, Tampere, and patchy sun in the capital city region as well. Expect cloud cover through Central Finland with a chance of rain in Jyväskylä during the morning. Temperatures range from +6C in Lapland to +15C down the eastern border.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 3rd July 2019 / Credit: FMI