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Mon, 31 Oct, 2011:

Marimekko store opens in Norway

Marimekko continues its expansion in Scandinavia. The Finnish design company has opened its first company-owned retail store in Oslo, Norway. According to Marimekko, the expansion is in line with the company’s internationalisation strategy. The... Read more

The Finnish miracle

The newly-published book  The Finnish Miracle presents the best as well as the  most challenging sides  of the Finns best and describes the Path of Possibilities, a success model founded on Finnishness, reports the Finnish website Maabrändi. ... Read more

Lemminkäinen building wins award

A building in Lapland by construction group Lemminkäinen has won the Wood Structure of the Year 2011 award. The Pilke House, an office building and science centre for state enterprise Metsähallitus in Rovaniemi, is highly considered for its... Read more

Fri, 28 Oct, 2011:

Heikki Salonen is new head designer at Diesel

Clothes designer Heikki Salonen has been named head designer at the Italian brand Diesel Female. The news was announced in the British magazine Vogue. The Diesel Female collection will be reshaped in a softer, more feminine direction and the... Read more

Wärtsilä gets EUR 150 million loan for research and development

Wärtsilä has been granted a EUR 150 million loan by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance the company's research, development and innovation activities in several European countries. Wärtsilä says that the company will invest the funds... Read more

Human Rights Centre to be set up next year

Finland plans to set up a Centre for Human Rights next year, reports Helsingin Sanomat.  The new centre will direct and monitor the observation of human rights in Finland and bring together the different players in the human rights sector.... Read more

Thu, 27 Oct, 2011:

Nokia launched its long-awaited "true Windows Phones"

Nokia launched its first, long-awaited “true Windows Phones” at Nokia World event in London on Wednesday. The company introduced Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710, the first Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone. Nokia also unveiled four... Read more

Ekolite represents Finnish cleantech expertise in the USA

Specializing in natural composites, Ekolite Oy has been selected to represent Finnish cleantech expertise at an internationally prestigious idea competition held in the United States.  The five most promising Nordic cleantech companies have been... Read more

Finavia updates Wifi at Helsinki Airport

Finavia says it has updated the free Wifi network at Helsinki Airport.  — We've updated the entire wireless network's technology, increased the number of base stations and increased the capacity of Internet connections, says Jarno Putta, Vice... Read more

Wed, 26 Oct, 2011:

Renewa to deliver two boiler plants to France

Energy company Renewa Oy has won two significant orders from France.  Renewa will supply a 17.3 MW boiler plant to EBM Thermique for the town of Saint-Louis and a 22 MW boiler plant to the French energy company Dalkia Nord. The planned... Read more

Valio brings top designers to breakfast table

Valio, the leading dairy product group in Finland, will introduce artistic milk cartons to its consumers in November. The dairy company has commissioned top eight Finnish designers to create milk cartons to honour small Finnish dairy producers.... Read more

Tue, 25 Oct, 2011:

Microsoft donates 1.8 million Euros to Finnish universities

The American software company Microsoft has given 1.8 million Euros to Finnish universities. The software company donated 1.4 million Euros to Aalto University, and 210.000 Euros each to University of Oulu and University of Tampere. These... Read more

Neste Oil’s NExBTL wins biofuel award

Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel technology has won top place in the Biofuels Technology of the Year category at the international Biofuels 2011 Awards. The awards were announced at the World Refining Association's Biofuels Conference... Read more

Mon, 24 Oct, 2011:

Rovio enters the Chinese feature phone market

Rovio, the developer of the Angry Birds game, has signed a partnership agreement with VoDone Ltd, a Beijing-based video and telemedia service provider. This news was announced by China Daily. The co-operation aims to expand Rovio’s business into... Read more

Finnish companies on top for their climate change disclosure

Finnish companies are among the top Nordic companies for their climate change disclosure practices. Eleven Finnish companies are included on the top 26 companies in the Nordic Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. The index highlights companies... Read more

Bright future for solar energy

The Technology Academy Finland has presented its Millennium Distinction Awards to two Finnish researchers and three companies operating in the solar energy sector. Millennium Distinction Awards are presented to Finnish researchers and growth... Read more

Fri, 21 Oct, 2011:

Millennium award brings young gifted people to Finland

Next June a group of gifted people of high school age from various countries will gather in Finland as the third Millennium Youth Camp goes into action again. The global application process for the science camp started October 19th.  30... Read more

Finnair and Finavia name new Quality Hunters

Finnair and Finavia have chosen the seven Quality Hunters, who will observe flight operations and service with the aim of improving customers’ travel experience. For the next six weeks, this group will travel on Finnair flights from Helsinki to... Read more

Thu, 20 Oct, 2011:

ThingLink unveils Rich Media Notes

ThingLink, the company which lets you embed links into images on the web, has turned its attention to traditional print with the launch of its Rich Media Notes. While the company’s Rich Media Tags turned images on web pages into navigational... Read more

Rovio opens Shanghai office

Known for the mobile phone game Angry Birds, Rovio have opened their first office outside Finland.  The new office was opened Tuesday this week and it is the company’s first branch office outside their Espoo headquarters.  The news was announced... Read more

Nokia second biggest R&D investor in Europe

Nokia is the second biggest investor in research and development (R&D) in Europe, and 11th biggest in the world. Nokia’s ranking is revealed by the European Commission’s 2011 “EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard”. The global top 50 companies... Read more

Codenomicon helps educate German IT professionals

Security software company Codenomicon has signed a deal to help educate German IT professionals with the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences (FH Brandenburg). Codenomicon's Defensics software will be available for students in the... Read more

Wed, 19 Oct, 2011:

Tatarstan and Wuxi to innovate in Lahti

The Russian Republic of Tatarstan is founding a technology centre in Lahti in the spring of 2012.   The deal was signed recently by Tatarstan’s TechnoPark Idea and Lahti Science and Business Park. TechnoPark Idea is planning to lease about 300... Read more

Finland among top ten in OECD well-being report

Finnish people have one of the best well-being and work-life balance among the developed industrial nations according to a new OECD report. It’s How’s Life report assesses 11 specific aspects of life – ranging from income, jobs and housing to... Read more

Helsinki Airport upgrades air traffic control system

Helsinki Airport has introduced a new electronic air traffic control system making it one of the most advanced airports in Europe, reports Tekniikka & Talous . The new system should ensure smoother and more effective traffic control even during... Read more

Tue, 18 Oct, 2011:

Start-up Desentum to develop new generation allergy vaccinations

VTT has established a new spin-off Desentum which develops next generation allergy vaccines. The company’s operations are based on a VTT patented technology, but according to VTT years of research, testing and official approval cycles are still... Read more

Chicago awards go to Finnish films

Two Finnish films have taken top honours at the Chicago International Film Festival Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre won the Gold Hugo in the main competition and Zaida Bergroth’s The Good Son came first in the new directors competition. Organisers of... Read more

Wärtsilä announces dual fuel milestones

Wärtsilä says its dual fuel (DF) medium speed engines have performed for more than three million running hours and that its new low-speed gas engine technology complies with strict emission limits.   The company says it has delivered 470 DF... Read more

Mon, 17 Oct, 2011:

Finnish company wipes out US Air Force virus problem

The United States air force used a product from the Finnish data security firm Jetico Oy to remove viruses from its drone fighter software, reports the newspaper Kauppalehti. According to the magazine Wired, the US air force discovered a virus... Read more

Artek launches a new vintage shop in Helsinki

Artek, the Finnish design company, is opening a vintage shop in the centre of Helsinki called Artek 2nd Cycle. The company is celebrating its 76th birthday by opening a new 600 square metres shop designed by architect Niko Tiula. The products on... Read more

Finland and US launch virtual wireless institute

Researchers from Finland and the US are setting up  a virtual institute to develop futuristic wireless communication technologies. Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, the Academy of Finland and the US National... Read more

Scientists test algae to clean Baltic

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is investigating whether algae can be used to clean the Baltic Sea. The algae cultivation research is part of an international project called Submariner, which aims to find new ways of combining economic... Read more

Fri, 14 Oct, 2011:

Finnish finalists in global Cleantech awards

The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) has shortlisted four Finnish companies among 30 finalists in its 2011 Later Stage Awards. Akkuser, Beneq, Chempolis and Moventas were selected from 4000 companies represented by the GCCA’s member... Read more

Failure day is a reminder of successes

Finland yesterday celebrated National Failure Day.  The purpose of the day was to stimulate dialogue about failure, risk taking and learning and how these all contribute to bringing about success stories.  Behind the project were Aaltoes (Aalto... Read more

Designer Tiia Vanhatapio gets best collection award from Elle

Designer Tiia Vanhatapio has received the Best Collection prize in the Finnish Elle Style Awards 2011. She received the award for Autumn/Winter collection named Girls on Film which is inspired among other things by the band Duran Duran, which... Read more

Technopolis wins acclaim with its money matchmaking forum

Technopolis has won international acclaim with its money matchmaking forum The Technopolis MoneyTalks Forum. The Finnish company’s corporate financing matchmaking event won the Access to Finance category of the Enterprise Europe Network Best... Read more

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011:

New flights bring Finland and Estonia closer

Competition in the sky is making it easier and quicker to fly between Finland and Estonia. Last month, Copterline  relaunched daily helicopter flights between Helsinki and Tallinn. Traveling time takes 18 minutes with five return flights every... Read more

Fortum to develop wave power in France

The Finnish energy provider Fortum has signed a letter of intent with French DCNS to research and develop wave power in France. The two companies will start a joint project by the end of 2011. DCNS is a world leader in naval defence and an... Read more

Nokia Tune goes electro

Italian DJ and sound design student Valerio Alessando Sizzi has won the tune competition arranged by Nokia and the Finnish start-up company Audiodraft, the aim of which was to find a new version of the Nokia Tune.  The jury picked the... Read more

Wed, 12 Oct, 2011:

Kone wins a major order from Hong Kong

Kone, one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, has won a major order from Honk Kong. The Finnish company will supply 139 elevators and five dumbwaiters to Hong Kong's Express Rail Link project by the MTR Corporation. 117... Read more

Akkuser’s recycling technology wins award in Madrid

Problem waste recycling specialist Akkuser Oy has been named winner of a European Responsible Care award.  The award was given in recognition of the company’s recycling technology for batteries and laptop batteries. The Responsible Care awards... Read more

Citec awarded contract in Russia

Citec has been appointed general designer for the Wärtsilä TMH Diesel Engine Building Plant in Penza, Russia. The contract from StroyTechProekt, LLC is worth 2.5 million euros. The major part of the work will be carried out by Citec's Russian... Read more

Metso equips coal port in Canada

Metso has won an order to supply railcar unloading technology for a coal storage and loading terminal in British Columbia, Canada. Financial details of the deal, signed with port operator Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership, were not... Read more

Tue, 11 Oct, 2011:

Helsinki University ranks among world’s top 100 universities

Helsinki University has been ranked within the world’s top 100 by the British weekly magazine Times Higher Education. The University of Helsinki was ranked 91st, up from 102 in last year's table.The Finnish Aalto University and University of... Read more

Ecological cruise vessel surpasses expectations

The Inari III, a hybrid technology vessel which last summer cruised Lake Inari in Finland, proved to be so economical and efficient that even its developers were taken by surprise. The vessel in question is a 120-seat 16 metre long catamaran... Read more

Cargotec partners London Gateway project

Cargotec says it has been chosen to supply 40 Kalmar automatic stacking cranes with related technology and 28 Kalmar shuttle carriers to DP World's deepsea container port London Gateway. Cargotec and DP World have signed a cooperation agreement... Read more

Mon, 10 Oct, 2011:

Two Finnish companies win European start-up competition

The transformers of web advertising Kiosked and the music service Hitlantis have both received White Bull Awards, reports Kauppalehti.  A total of five European start-ups were named winners in the competition for having developed in their... Read more

Rihanna and Lady Gaga are fans of FINSK shoes

The Finnish shoe designer Julia Lundsten's design label FINSK is flying high. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Fearne Cotton, are fans of the Finnish designer’s shoes. In her interview with Good News from Finland (GNF), Lundsten insists... Read more

Wärtsilä to supply methane plant to Rwanda

Wärtsilä has won the contract to supply a power plant to Rwanda which will use naturally occurring methane gas from Lake Kivu as fuel. The order has been placed by KivuWatt, a subsidiary of the New York- based international power company... Read more

Fri, 07 Oct, 2011:

Helsinki-Vantaa airport refurbishment

Refurbishment work Helsinki-Vantaa airport which has lasted more than two years is now complete.  The waiting and baggage handling areas have been upgraded and the facilities for airline services have also been improved.  The aim of the work has... Read more

UPM forests in Finland awarded FSC certificate

UPM, the Finnish paper company, has been awarded FSC certificate for its forests in Finland. The company is the first in Finland to be awarded a certificate for complying with the new Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, standard. The FSC... Read more

Termex-Eriste invests in cellulose insulation factory in India

Termex-Eriste, a Finnish company specializing in the manufacture of cellulose insulation, is investing in a new factory in India. The Finnish company is a partner in a joint venture that is co-owned by an Indian investor. The parties have signed... Read more

Finland ranks high for creativity

Finland has been ranked third in a new study ranking 82 countries on their creativity. The study by the Martin Prosperity Institute evaluates nations on technology, talent and tolerance, three measures it believes are critical for economic... Read more

Thu, 06 Oct, 2011:

UPM develops formable plywood

Forestry company UPM has developed a new method of manufacturing layered composite materials.  The first application of the new technology is a formable plywood, a development the company calls the greatest innovation the plywood industry has... Read more

Slow cashier helps shoppers relax

A supermarket in Espoo and Aalto University are experimenting with a slow-track checkout for the elderly, people with mental disabilities or any customers who want their shopping visit to be more relaxed. The slow-track checkout process is... Read more

Marimekko makes history by taking its fashion show to Tokyo

The Finnish clothing and design house Marimekko will show its spring and summer collection 2012 in Japan, Tokyo, first time in the company’s history. The show will be held in October 14 in conjunction with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.... Read more

Wed, 05 Oct, 2011:

Major wood city planned for Helsinki

Forestry company Stora Enso and construction company SRV are to build in co-operation a Wood City on a site in Helsinki’s Jätkäsaari district. The two companies have submitted proposal for the project to the Real Estate Board of the City of... Read more

Elop hints that Nokia will launch Windows phones soon

Nokia will launch its Window-based smartphones soon, hints Stephen Elop, the CEO and President of Nokia. Elop announced in Helsinki on Tuesday, that the first Nokia phones running Windows operating system would appear in "the weeks ahead". ... Read more

Neste Oil ships operate along Northeast Passage

Neste Oil says two of its tankers successfully traversed the Northeast Passage between Murmansk and the Pacific Ocean in August and September. Only a few vessels have operated along the route this year. The first Neste Oil tanker to traverse the... Read more

Tue, 04 Oct, 2011:

Finland tests washable, wearable fabric antenna

Patria and the Tampere University of Technology are developing an antenna made of fabric that can be sewn into a life jacket and which can be used, for example, in rescue applications when looking for missing persons. The material of the antenna... Read more

US to open an environmental innovation centre in Helsinki

The United States is to open an enviromental innovation centre in Helsinki. The Finnish Broadcasting Corporation YLE, which quotes the U.S. Ambassador to Helsinki Bruce Oreck, claims that the new centre will be built as a part of the US embassy... Read more

Cargotec wins West Africa contract

Cargotec has announced its first ever order for Kalmar ship-to-shore cranes for West African ports. The company received the order from the Bollore group of France through its Unicaf subsidiary. The group is one of the biggest container terminal... Read more

Mon, 03 Oct, 2011:

Picosun offers new corrosion protection

Picosun, the designer and manufacturer of Atomic Layer Deposition systems, has announced the development of a new corrosion protection technology which it says has proved superior to every other corrosion protection technique. The technology was... Read more

VTT combines mobile phone and microscope

VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) has developed an optical device that can be connected to a mobile phone turning it into an effective microscope.  Among those who will benefit from this device are the printing industry, consumers and... Read more

Finland number two in world’s IT competitiveness rankings

Finland ranks as the world’s second most competitive country in information technology. Despite a severe economic downturn, the United States ranks still as a the most competitive country in IT. The rankings are based on Business Software... Read more