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Morning headlines: Wednesday 1st July 2020

Thousands still affected by summer storm Päivö

The effects of summer storm Päivö, which brought heavy rain, high winds and thunderstorms to many parts of the country on Tuesday, are still being felt this morning. Overnight the worst of the storm moved from Yläa-Savo to North Karelia and towards Kainuu with gusts in Liperi reaching 26.9 metres per second. Power companies said more than 60,000 customers were left without power on Tuesday evening, as services were restored in some areas overnight. Power outages also affected train transport and VR says intercity services between Oulu and Helsinki; Pendolino services between Kajaani and Helsinki, and Karjaa and Helsinki are delayed because of track problems. Local train services between Nurmes and Joensuu are also affected by track disruptions. Trains between Suonenjoki and Lapinlahti are replaced with a bus service this morning due to power outages caused by the storm. Passengers are asked to prepare for delays, and check with VR’s website to see the latest disruptions.

Air Force quietly replaces swastika insignia

The Finnish Air Force has quietly retired the swastika on one of its official insignia, in an apparent effort to bring an end to criticism over the use of the symbol. The Air Force’s Headquarters badge, which contained the swastika, has been progressively replaced since 2017 by the more general Air Force insignia which has a golden eagle at the centre of its design. Professor Teivo Teivainen, who has written extensively about the continued use of the swastika by the military, says he had already noticed the controversial emblem’s lower profile on the Air Force’s website. “The reform has been done with minimal noise. To the best of my knowledge, no press releases or other information have been deemed necessary” Teivainen writes. The use of the swastika by the Finnish Air Force Command dates back to 1918 but has become increasingly difficult to justify, especially in an international context, in recent years. Read more at our story here.

Poll: Race tightening in potential presidential match-up

A new poll in Rural Future newspaper finds Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) still with the most support to become Finland’s next president, despite a drop in popularity. In February Haavisto was polling at 18% popularity but now the latest poll finds him with 12% support after a series of controversies over his handling of the al-Hol refugee crisis and management style at the Foreign Ministry. Haavisto has twice run the race for president, finishing second to Sauli Niinistö both times. The new poll finds the popularity of the Centre Party’s Olli Rehn holding steady in second place at 11%. Rehn is the current Governor of the Bank of Finland. Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho sees his popularity fall from 9% to 6% in the new poll while Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is on 10% support. The next presidential election isn’t scheduled to be held until early 2024, with parties traditionally announcing their candidates the year before.

Finland’s largest summer terrace opens

It’s opening day for Finland’s biggest summer terrace as Senate Square in Helsinki is transformed into an outdoor urban garden. The idea is to attract people to the heart of the capital city, and help local businesses replace some of the revenue they’re losing through lack of international tourists. “It’s going to be a really nice set up of restaurants, cafes and bars. We’re going to have 16 restaurants and cafes, and as a starting point we’re going to have 480 seats” explains Peggy Bauer the manager from Tori Quarters who is putting the Senate Square event together. The huge space is also following social distancing rules, with flower planters dividing up the square in a grid pattern to try and keep different groups apart. There’s also extra hand washing points to encourage good hand hygiene. Read more at our original story here.

Veikkausliiga top flight football kicks off today

The top flight of Finnish men’s football is back on again today, after a delayed start due to the coronavirus epidemic. There will be 32 Veikkausliiga games in July as the league tries to make up for the lost weeks. Tonight five matches will be played with reigning champions Kuopio Palloseura taking on HIFK in Helsinki; while perennial power house HJK are also playing away in Lahti. Although coronavirus restrictions have been eased somewhat there are still special arrangements in place at football grounds for the matches, which are team and stadium specific. The Finnish Football Association is urging fans to look for more detailed information on each club’s website.

Wednesday morning weather

The strong storm winds of the last 24 hours are already abating this morning, but there is still widespread rain in northern parts of the country. In central and southern areas there are still scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures this morning are on the cool side in Lapland ranging from +5°C in the northwest to +12°C in the southern part of the region. The rest of the country starts the day around +14°C with sunshine behind the clouds, and still a strong wind blowing in from the sea in coastal areas.

Morning headlines: Wednesday 1st July 2020


  1. AmySmith says

    It’s great to see the Finnish Air Force taking steps to address the criticism and retire the swastika insignia. Symbols carry significant meaning, and it’s important to ensure they reflect inclusivity and respect for all. Kudos to the Air Force for making this change.

  2. EmilySmith says

    It’s great to see the Air Force making the decision to retire the swastika from its official insignia. Symbols carry powerful meanings, and it’s important to be sensitive to the historical context and modern interpretations. Kudos to the Air Force for taking this step!

  3. EmmaSmith123 says

    Will there be any coverage on the impact of the summer storm Päivö in different regions of Finland in the upcoming news broadcast on July 1st?

    1. JohnDoe456 says

      Yes, the news coverage on July 1st will include updates on the impact of summer storm Päivö in various regions of Finland. Stay tuned for more detailed information during the morning news broadcast!

  4. EvaJohnson_83 says

    Will the effects of summer storm Päivö impact the upcoming events mentioned in the news for July 1st, 2020?

    1. ChrisSmith_91 says

      Yes, the effects of summer storm Päivö might impact the upcoming events mentioned in the news for July 1st, 2020. It’s essential to stay updated on any potential changes or disruptions due to the aftermath of the storm.

  5. EmilyJohnson says

    I believe that the actions taken by the Finnish Air Force to retire the swastika symbol from its official insignia are a positive step towards addressing the concerns and criticisms surrounding the use of such a controversial symbol. It shows a willingness to listen to feedback and promote inclusivity and sensitivity in their representation.

  6. MaggieSmith123 says

    It’s great to see the Finnish Air Force taking steps to address the controversy surrounding the use of the swastika symbol. It’s important to listen to feedback and make changes where necessary to promote inclusivity and respect.

  7. EmilyBaker82 says

    It’s great to see the Finnish Air Force taking steps to address the criticism and retire the swastika from its official insignia. It’s important to acknowledge the historical significance and sensitivity surrounding such symbols.

  8. EmilySmith123 says

    It’s great to see the Finnish Air Force taking steps to address the controversy surrounding the use of the swastika symbol. Adapting to modern sensitivities and promoting inclusivity is crucial in today’s society.

  9. Emily_1985 says

    It’s great to see the Finnish Air Force taking steps to address controversial symbols. The decision to retire the swastika on its official insignia is a positive move towards inclusivity and sensitivity.

  10. EmilySmith says

    As the effects of summer storm Päivö still linger, it’s important for everyone to stay safe and vigilant. Hopefully, those affected by the storm will receive the necessary assistance and support during this difficult time.

  11. EmilySmith says

    It’s good to see the Finnish Air Force taking steps towards addressing the use of controversial symbols. It’s important to update and evolve visual representations to reflect positive values and inclusivity.

  12. EmilyJohnson says

    Were there any specific reasons mentioned for the retirement of the swastika insignia by the Finnish Air Force?

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