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Mon, 30 Nov, 2009:

Finnish expedition team on its way to Antarctica

The Finnish FINNARP 2009 expedition team began its expedition to Antarctica on November 27th. The scientific objective of the expedition is to research snow and the formation of aerosol particles in Antarctica. Finland has been actively involved... Read more

Fri, 27 Nov, 2009:

Okmetic agreed on a significant contract to Japan

Okmetic and Japanese trading company Marubeni have agreed on a contract for year 2010 whereby Okmetic will supply Marubeni silicon mono crystals. The sales contract will amount to around 7 million euro. Due to the sales contract and Okmetic's... Read more

Thu, 26 Nov, 2009:

Valio’s lactose-free milk drink enjoys international success

Valio launched the world's first lactose-free dairy drinks onto the market in 2001. By the end of 2009, the company's patented lactose-free milk beverages are sold already in 12 countries. - The demand for lactose-free milk products has grown... Read more

Anna Valtonen appointed as Rector of Umeå Institute of Design

Finnish Anna Valtonen has been appointed as the new rector of Umeå Institute of Design. The institute is one of the world's leading education providers in the design industry. As the only Nordic institution, it has continuously maintained its... Read more

City of Helsinki appointed World Design Capital 2012

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design Icsid has announced that the appointment of World Design Capital (WDC) 2012 has been conferred to the City of Helsinki. Appointed to cities based on their accomplishments and commitment... Read more

Wed, 25 Nov, 2009:

Russian trade picks up

Export, import and trade have increased significantly in the last six months, beating the figures of last winter and the spring. Only investments have decreased. The information was revealed in the latest North-West Russian Business Barometer... Read more

Karhu’s nano ski well suited for wet and warm skiing conditions

The brand new Karhu Optigrip ski makes skiing and ski maintenance easy. The ski which does not require any waxing, works well on wet snow and is convenient to store, handle and transport without stains. Karhu promises that Optigrip offers good... Read more

Tue, 24 Nov, 2009:

Wärtsilä to supply equipment for 170 MW power plant in Texas, USA

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a 170 MW gas-fired power plant to be installed in Antelope Station, located near Abernathy, Texas, USA. The power plant is to be located close to significant wind farm generation, and will serve to... Read more

Madventures takes National Geographic by storm

TV-rights to Madventures have been sold to the National Geographic Society. The brand new distribution contract means that the award winning reality travel series has been sold to a total of 189 countries. Madventures is the creation of... Read more

City of Lahti strengthens its position in Finnish design

Finnish Design Foundation has been established in Lahti. The opening took place last Thursday. The foundation collects funds and allocates them for design related research, education and development in Finland. The foundation has its own design... Read more

Mon, 23 Nov, 2009:

Tapiola Pension’s in-house investment team rewarded as Europe’s best investment organization

Tapiola Pension's in-house investment team has been chosen as the best investment organization in entire Europe. The 2009 award was given to Tapiola in a competition organized by Investment and Pensions Europe, IPE. The winners were published on... Read more

Good News Finland now also on Twitter

Good News from Finland -website can now be followed on Twitter. Our Finnish and English news headlines can be found at twitter.com/goodnewsfinland . Twitter is a popular in-line community and a microblog service, where users can send messages... Read more

Fri, 20 Nov, 2009:

A China-Finland Innovation Center to be opened in Finland

The China (Shenzhen) - Finland Golden Bridge Innovation Centre announces its establishment as China's first innovation platform that will provide access abroad for Chinese high-tech companies. Greater Helsinki Promotion and Shenzhen Nanshan... Read more

Wärtsilä to design a research vessel for the Geological Survey of India

  Wärtsilä has signed a contract to design and supervise the construction of a modern oceanographic research vessel for the marine wing of the Geological Survey of India (GSI). In addition to design and supervising the construction process,... Read more

Nanocomp has been awarded for nanophotonics expertise

Nanocomp Oy Ltd, the establisher of the nanophotonics sector in Finland, will receive this year's annual technology award of the Eastern Finland High Technology Foundation. The award values 10,000 Euros. Nanocomp is the only Finnish company in... Read more

Thu, 19 Nov, 2009:

Popularity of virtual Santa Claus grows

Santa Claus' popularity is increasing also virtually. The ten-year-old Santatelevision.com, an Internet television channel focusing on Santa Claus, his elves, Christmas around the world and northern lights, expects a million visitors this... Read more

Rauma Shipyard builds a research vessel for South Africa

STX Finland Oy and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs have signed a contract for the construction of a Polar Supply and Research Vessel. The ship will value approximately 116 million Euros and its employing effect will be... Read more

Wed, 18 Nov, 2009:

EU companies increase their R&D investments

The R&D investment growth of companies headquartered in the European Union increased by 8.1 per cent in 2008. The global increase was 6.9 per cent. Over two subsequent years the growth has been clearly faster within the EU than in the USA and... Read more

Tue, 17 Nov, 2009:

Viking Line, National Land Survey Finland and Dextra receive Quality Finland 2009 awards

Viking Line Abp has won this year's Finnish Quality Award -competition. The award, which is given annually by Excellence Finland (Suomen Laatukeskus), is presented to organizations operating in Finland as recognition of excellence in efforts to... Read more

Andritz delivers a High Energy Recovery Boiler and an evaporation plant to Chile

International technology Group Andritz will supply and install a High Energy Recovery Boiler, HERB and an evaporation plant for CMPC's pulp mill in Laja, Chile. The delivery includes also the complete instrumentation, control system and... Read more

Mon, 16 Nov, 2009:

Raisio elucidates carbon footprints by color codes

Raisio is the very first food producer in Finland that has marked a carbon footprint meter on its products. The color code tells about the size of the product's carbon footprint. With the meter Raisio aspires to help consumers in making... Read more

Fri, 13 Nov, 2009:

Cleantech and food processing industry enter Tekes’ accelerator program Vigo

The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy has chosen three new accelerators for Vigo-program coordinated by the National Technology Agency of Finland, Tekes. These new participants are Cleantech Invest Ltd, Koppi Ltd and Food Process... Read more

Thu, 12 Nov, 2009:

Alex Karttunen, 11, wins international See the Bigger Picture -photography competition

Finnish 11-year-old Alex Karttunen is one of the winners of the See the Bigger Picture- photography competition. The competition was part of The Green Wave, a youth engagement programme of the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity,... Read more

Finnish Amateur film hits the bullseye

Finnish film What Became of Us has won the Best Euro Feature award at the International Film Festival of South Africa. In September the film, which has been directed by 22-year-old Miika Ullakko and realized entirely by an amateur film crew, was... Read more

Wed, 11 Nov, 2009:

Heartbeats and Letters to Father Jacob win at Nordic Film Days in Lübeck

Heartbeats (Kohtaamisia) directed by Saara Cantell and Letters to Father Jacob (Postia pappi Jaakobille) by Klaus Härö received awards at the international Nordische Filmtage - Nordic Film Days 2009 -film festival in Lübeck, Germany. Heartbeats... Read more

Ruukki delivers bridge components to Russia, Poland and Sweden.

Rautaruukki has signed contracts for delivering components for bridge projects in Vladivostok, Russia; Warsaw, Poland and Sweden. The value of the three contracts totals 5,5 million Euros. The components will be made at Ruukki's Toijala plant in... Read more

Tue, 10 Nov, 2009:

Metso to deliver biomass boiler to USA

Metso will supply a biomass boiler to the Nacogdoches Generating Facility in Sacul, Texas, USA. The installation features a boiler and a distributed control system. The commercial operation of the plant is scheduled for 2012. The biomass boiler... Read more

Kesko wins Corporate Responsibility 2009 competition

Kesko has been rewarded for the best corporate responsibility report and good supply chain reporting in the Corporate Responsibility 2009 competition. The jury appreciated the openness, transparency and the variety of practical case examples of... Read more

Wärtsilä wins major ship design contract for 12 vessels

Wärtsilä has signed a ship design contract with Pipavav Shipyard of India. The contract calls for a total of 12 Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs) to be designed by Wärtsilä and built by Pipavav, for delivery to ONGC - Oil and Natural Gas... Read more

Mon, 09 Nov, 2009:

EnterpriseHelsinki – consultancy assists also immigrant entrepreneurs

There are approximately 6400 companies in Finland, which have been established by immigrants. The number is about three per cent of all the companies in the country. The number of foreign entrepreneurs has doubled since year 2000 and companies... Read more

Finnish designer receives world’s largest design-award

The Finnish Designer Harri Koskinen has received a significant design award in Gothenburg, Sweden. The award, which was presented by the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Foundation, is worth 93.000 Euros, making it the world's largest design award.... Read more

Thu, 05 Nov, 2009:

New industrial valve factory for Metso in Vantaa

The Finnish production and administrative functions of Metso’s industrial valves will be moved from Helsinki to Vantaa in Finland at the beginning of 2011. Metso’s Automation business line will lease about 22,000 m2 of production facilities in... Read more

Nokia Foundation awarded the founder of Wikipedia

The Nokia Foundation has granted its 2009 award to Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the free, multilingual encyclopedia. Wales was awarded for his contributions to the evolution of the World Wide Web as a participatory and truly democratic... Read more

Futuremark cooperates with world’s leading mobile operator China Mobile

Futuremark, a leading developer of performance-analysis software and services for smart phones, has signed a remarkable contract with the world's largest mobile phone operator China Mobile. Futuremark will develop a new benchmarking software,... Read more

Helsinki Airport named world's best in baggage delivery

Passengers have voted Helsinki Airport the world's best in baggage delivery. This was announced in the Skytrax World Airport Awards survey, where passengers are asked to evaluate their experiences with airport services. Over 190 airports all... Read more

Wed, 04 Nov, 2009:

Finnish super food from oats

Research shows that oat fibres are beneficial for the intestines and heart. Bioferme Oy, a Finnish family company, has developed the world’s first functional fermented oat products, which are now aiming for international markets. Bioferme... Read more

Number of companies increased in Finland in 2008

According to the Entrepreneurship Report of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy there were approximately 262,000 companies operating in Finland at the end of 2008, excluding primary production sectors. The number had increased by... Read more

Tue, 03 Nov, 2009:

Finnish expertise launched into space

European Space Agency ESA has launched its brand new SMOS environmental satellite, which operates on Finnish expertise. The satellite utilizes laser technology developed by Tampere-based Modulight. In addition to this Helsinki University of... Read more

Jaakko Harjula receives Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to international trade training

Consul General Jaakko Harjula has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the worldwide International Association of Trade Training Organisations, IATTO. The award is presented to individuals, who have contributed significantly to the... Read more

Mon, 02 Nov, 2009:

Lapland berries bring wellbeing

Because of the challenging conditions for their growth, berries and plants in northern areas contain high-value fatty acids, vitamins and nature’s own antioxidants in abundance. The Tornio-based company Aromtech Ltd produces seed oils, bioactive... Read more

The world’s largest luxury cruise ship sets sail across the Atlantic

Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship has set sail for its transatlantic crossing, sailing all the way from Turku, Finland to Florida's Fort Lauderdale. The ship departed Turku at 7am on October 30th with... Read more

Sun, 01 Nov, 2009:

Outotec one of the leading Nordis companies in Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index

Outotec has ranked among the leading companies in the Nordic Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. Outotec has been commended for its approach to climate change disclosure. The company scored 74/100 in the CDP ranking. The Carbon Disclosure... Read more