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Fri, 31 Jul, 2009:

Industrial executives foresee an increase in electricity consumption

Despite the economic recession and increases in energy efficiency, most executives of large Finnish industrial enterprises estimate that the demand for electricity will increase in Finland over the next 10-30 years. One out of every ten believes... Read more

New Marimekko concept stores open in Tokyo and Copenhagen

A new Marimekko concept store opens in Copenhagen today on 31 July. The 250 sqm store is located in the Copenhagen's premier shopping district, where several clothing and interior decoration shops are concentrated. The address of the Copenhagen... Read more

Thu, 30 Jul, 2009:

Ministry forecasts good grain harvest

Prospects for the year's grain harvest are good. According to the preliminary advance forecast by the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the harvest will reach 4.3 billion kilos this year, if growing conditions up to... Read more

Little radioactivity in Finnish berries

According to STUK - Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, the amount of radioactive caesium in Finnish berries is small. The caesium originates from the nuclear power plant accident at Chernobyl. The caesium content in the berries varies... Read more

Wed, 29 Jul, 2009:

Lattelecom and Valimo launch mobile ID services in Latvia

Lattelecom, the leading provider of electronic communications services in Latvia, and a Finnish software company Valimo have commercially launched mobile ID services in Latvia. Jointly deployed based on Valimo mobile ID technology, the services... Read more

Konecranes to supply advanced fuel-saving RTGs to Port of Houston

Konecranes has received an order for nine RTG (rubber tired gantry) cranes from the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) in the USA. These are the first Konecranes fuel-saving RTGs for PHA, which already has 40 Konecranes RTGs in its terminals. The... Read more

World Rally Championship a shot in the arm for Jyväskylä region

The biggest annual sporting event held in the Nordic countries once again brings the rally circus to central Finland. The recession only goes to underline the economic significance of the rally weekend for the Jyväskylä region. Neste Oil Rally... Read more

Mon, 27 Jul, 2009:

People still willing to put their hand in their pocket – income for relief organizations increases in spite of recession

Donations by individuals to relief organizations have increased in spite of the economic downturn. Keskisuomalainen, a newspaper that comes out in Jyväskylä in central Finland, has interviewed eight charitable and relief organizations, almost... Read more

Helsinki Festival brings city to life in August

Helsinki Festival will once again take over the city between 13-30 August. During the festival it will be possible to see concerts, ranging from chamber music to alternative rock, poetry recitals, a circus and dancing. There will also be a... Read more

Fri, 24 Jul, 2009:

The reference price system of medicines will reduce medicinal costs significantly

The reference price system for medicines, which was taken into use in the beginning of April this year, will reduce the medicinal costs in Finland by 40-120 million Euros. Another factor reducing medicinal costs has been the generic substitution... Read more

Turku offers a mobile experience of Tall Ships’ Race

Tall Ships' Race, a sailing competition held annually in European waters, takes place in Turku's Aurajoki River this weekend. The special feature of this year's event is a mobile phone service, where the visitors will be able to receive a map of... Read more

Thu, 23 Jul, 2009:

Comptel has received a major order in India

Comptel Corporation has received a significant long-term order for mediation and provisioning solutions being used by a leading operator in India. The project includes consolidation of separate mobile mediation systems by Comptel Convergent... Read more

Andritz signs a 160 million Euro contract on technology delivery to China

Andritz, and international technology group, has signed a 160 million Euro contract of process technology delivery to the Chinese Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings, one of the largest pulp and paper producers in China. The company is building a... Read more

Wed, 22 Jul, 2009:

Wärtsilä supplies power plants to the islands of Lesbos and Cyprus

Wärtsilä has received two power plant orders from the Eastern Mediterranean islands. This strengthens the company's leading position in the Mediterranean market. One order has been received to supply power generation equipment to the Greek... Read more

Tue, 21 Jul, 2009:

Savonlinna and Kuhmo listed among the top festivals of the world

Savonlinna Opera Festival has ranked second best among the world's castle festivals, reports the Austrian Festspiele magazine. Glyndebourne ranked highest in the series. The same magazine placed Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival as the 14th on the... Read more

Finnkino cinema adopts brand new digital technology

Finnkino, the leading cinema chain in Finland, has adopted brand new HD-ready digital presentation technology for opera screenings. The season opener, Salome, performed by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, played to full theatres. The opera... Read more

Mon, 20 Jul, 2009:

Finnish education expertise to international markets

The Minister for Education and Science, Henna Virkkunen, wants to turn Finnish education expertise into an export item. A taskforce, whose responsibility is to prepare the export strategy, has already been established. The strategy will be... Read more

Finland has the opportunity to become a forerunner in bioeconomy

Finland has the opportunity to become a forerunner in bioeconomy by taking advantage of the full potential of renewable wood, if we so wish, says Stefan Sundman, Senior Vice President of Energy and Environment at the Finnish Forest Industries... Read more

Finncomm Airlines opens a route between Helsinki and Norrköping

Finncomm Airlines, in cooperation with Finnair, starts flying between Helsinki and Norrköping in Sweden. The route will be flown daily from Sunday to Friday. One-way ticket on the route may cost as little as 49 Euros including taxes and other... Read more

Thu, 16 Jul, 2009:

Environmental prize awarded to Kemira's waste effluent technology

A waste effluent treatment plant built and developed by Kemira has been awarded an environmental prize in Germany. The prize was awarded by the Association for Studies and Promotion of the Economy of Schleswig-Holstein. The prize was awarded for... Read more

European Youth Olympic Festival 2009 starts in Tampere

European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) will begin on Sunday, 19th July in Tampere. The festival is a competition organized by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and it is directed to young European athletes. The event is held biennially both... Read more

Wed, 15 Jul, 2009:

Scenic Kuhmo charms with 40th Chamber Music Festival

Rich in tradition, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival started on Sunday. The festival, which was founded in 1970, is now held for the 40th time. The celebration of chamber music will continue for two weeks and the last concerts will be heard on... Read more

Artwork of gerbera daisies captivates in Helsinki

A labyrinth made of a hundred thousand gerbera daisies radiates colourfully on Rautatientori, right next to the Helsinki Central Railway Station. The artwork, which has been created by the artist Kaisa Salmi, will be exhibited until Friday, when... Read more

Tue, 14 Jul, 2009:

Lemcon to build new multi-assembly unit for Cargotec in Poland

Lemminkäinen Group's Lemcon Ltd has made an agreement on the project management contract for Cargotec's new multi-assembly unit (MAU) in Poland. The client is Cargotec Poland Sp. z.o.o. The MAU is being built in the county of Stargard... Read more

Finnish-Chinese Trade Forum produces billion-euro sales

The recent visit of a large-scale Chinese business delegation produced significant trade agreements for Finnish companies. The trade agreements signed between Chinese and Finnish companies during the visit totalled to 1,4 billion Euros. For... Read more

Mon, 13 Jul, 2009:

Outotec to deliver oil shale technology to Estonia

Outotec has reached an agreement with Eesti Energia for the design, delivery and construction of a new oil shale processing plant to be built in Narva, Estonia. The contract is valued at approximately EUR 110 million. Outotec has already made... Read more

Fri, 10 Jul, 2009:

Good working conditions at small companies

According to a survey carried out by the Federation of Finnish Enterprises, employees think that working conditions at small companies are particularly good. The smaller the company, the more open and confidential the relations between employer... Read more

Rapid growth of eCommerce

eCommerce increased by 16 per cent in the second quarter of this year in Finland compared with the corresponding period last year. It was also up by five per cent on the previous quarter. The Vilkas Group's eCommerce index involves about a third... Read more

Thu, 09 Jul, 2009:

Kone to modernize elevators and escalators at Los Angeles International Airport

Kone was awarded a contract to provide a mix of new installations and modernization to all elevators and escalators at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The contract covers maintenance, new installation, equipment repairs and upgrades... Read more

Wed, 08 Jul, 2009:

White-tailed sea eagles in greater numbers in Finland

White-tailed sea eagle numbers are on rise again. This year 349 chicks have hatched, the biggest number since the start of the protection work in the 1970s. The previous record was 263 last year. Recently completed calculations found 327... Read more

Considerable increase in fair trade products last year

Finns consumed fair trade products with enthusiasm last year. Sales totalled 54.4 million euros in Finland last year, an increase of 57 per cent on the previous year. At this moment more than 1,000 fair trade products are on sale in Finland, the... Read more

Tue, 07 Jul, 2009:

Metso to supply fine paper line to China

Metso has signed a contract with the Chinese Zhanjiang Chenming Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd., for the supply of the world's largest fine paper production line to the company's greenfield pulp and paper mill in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China. The... Read more

Finnair’s futuristic concept wins PR ‘Oscar’

Finnair's Departure 2093: Five Visions of Future Flying has received a Golden World Award from the International Public Relations Association (IPRA). The IPRA jury selected Departure 2093 as the best public relations campaign in the Publications... Read more

Graffiti art for grandmothers

Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) and a graffiti workshop at Tapiola service centre organized a course for elderly people with the intention of making them familiar with graffiti culture. The climax of the course was a work legally created by... Read more

Biolan expands to Russian market

Biolan, which specializes in environmental products, is setting up a sales company in St Petersburg. Biolan has been looking into and clarifying the business opportunities in Russia for a couple of years, particularly in the areas bordering... Read more

Fri, 03 Jul, 2009:

One in five cottages on the Internet

Finns are making their summer cottages more functional. One in five cottage owners have equipped their leisure-time residence with a broadband connection, more than 70 per cent of which have a wireless router. This information came to light in a... Read more

Ophthalmic pharmaceutical for world market developed at Tampere

Santen Pharmaceutical, which produces ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, has signed a worldwide marketing authorization agreement under which distribution will be expanded in Europe and North and South America. Santen, a Japanese company specializing... Read more

Thu, 02 Jul, 2009:

UN applauds Kesko for responsibility communication

The Global Compact Office that operates under the United Nations Secretary-General applauds Kesko for outstanding communication on progress. Kesko's Global Compact communication is included in Kesko's corporate responsibility reporting for 2008.... Read more

Wed, 01 Jul, 2009:

Economist Marko Terviö receives a million Euro research funding

The European Research Council has granted the researcher Marko Terviö over a million Euro funding for the project Talent and Learning in Imperfect Markets. The funding has been allocated for a five-year period. Terviö will begin his new post as... Read more

Number of foreign travellers in Finland increased in 2008

The number of foreign travellers in Finland was 6,1 million in 2008. The number is 6 per cent more than the previous year's corresponding number. The amount of money spent by foreign travellers in Finland increased also by 5 per cent to a total... Read more

Primula begins construction of brand new delicatessen

The construction of the new Primula production and logistics centre will commence this  summer in the town of Järvenpää, about 40 kilometres north of Helsinki. The construction work of the approximately 13 000 floor square metre project will... Read more

Midnight Balloon rally embellished the Finnish midsummer sky

Midnight Balloon Rally embellished the night sky of Central Finland from 24.-28.7. The event, which was held for the very first time witnessed the very first hot air balloon sauna flown up into the sky. The hot air balloon rally attracted all in... Read more