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Thursday's pic of the day and news wrap

Thursday's undisputable photo of the day shows members of the public gamely bearing up in the face of chilly temperatures, high winds and rain during a visit of Nordic dignitaries to Helsinki. Read on for more of what was in the news.

Kansa seisoo sateessa odottaen Pohjoismaiden valtionpäämiehiä Presidentinlinnan edessä.
Members of the public huddled under umbrellas Thursday morning. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

Speaking of wet and windy, the official figures are in and experts at the Finnish Meteorological Institute have confirmed that May this year was one of the coldest on record.

Finland endures coldest May in nearly half a century

Turisteja kertakäyttösadetakeissaan Kauppatorilla Helsingissä.
Image: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva

In fact, new data show that the last time it was this frigid in May was back in 1969. Read it and weep here:

Nordic dignitaries get chilly reception in Helsinki

Pohjoismaiden valtionpäämiehet vierailevat helsingissä.
President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio wave from the Presidential Palace balcony along with Nordic royal - and presidential - guests. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

The man in the street wasn't the only one feeling the chill on Thursday, Nordic royals and one president visiting Helsinki Thursday also had to contend with the unseasonal conditions. Police weren't taking any chances though and shut down parts of the downtown area while the dignitaries moved around the city. Read more about the visit.

Police probe suspected discrimination against dual nationals in Finnish Defence Force

Armeija, hajoitukset
Image: Tommi Pesonen / Yle

Yle reports Thursday that police have launched a preliminary investigation into two cases of suspected discrimination involving Finnish-Russian dual citizens in the Defence Forces. Defence Minister Sauli Niinistö described the investigation as a good thing. The minister had dismissed reports by Yle earlier this year, suggesting that the Defence Force had begun to treat dual nationals differently from others. More about the probe here:

New labeling rules for dairy, meat products

Joutsenmerkki lähiruokadipin kyljessä.
Image: Jarkko Riikonen / Yle

Staring next year, all product labels displayed on consumer foods must henceforth always include the country of origin for dairy and meat, according to a new produce act that came into effect Thursday. Only products that display the "Hyvää Suomesta" "Good from Finland" logo are not required to include origin information on product packaging. Read more.

For more on the big stories headlining Finnish dailies, read Thursday morning's paper review.

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