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Wed, 31 Aug, 2011:

Helsinki - the world's seventh most liveable city

Helsinki ranked seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's global liveability survey, which assessed living conditions in 140 cities around the world. Vienna was the only European city to rank higher than Helsinki in the survey. A rating of... Read more

Finnish companies spent 2 million Euros in Facebook advertising

Internet advertising continues to grow in Finland. According to IAB Finland, in the first half of the 2011 internet advertising grew 10.3 percent on previous year. Companies spent 102 million Euros on net advertising helping it to claim 16... Read more

Let the music play

Helsinki’s first purpose-built concert hall officially opens today. The Helsinki Music Centre is the new home of the Sibelius Academy as well as city's two main orchestras, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony... Read more

3 Step IT expands into Asia

IT service company 3 Step IT is expanding its operations into Asia with the opening of branches in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.  The company has operations in 14 countries. ― Our Asian business will play a significant role in the... Read more

Nokia builds greenest mobile phones

When it comes to environmentally friendly mobile phones, Nokia rules the pack according to a  ranking by Switzerland’s largest phone company Swisscom. Swisscom has just started awarding eco-points for mobile phones evaluating them in terms of... Read more

Tue, 30 Aug, 2011:

Ruukki to launch a smart roof that improves safety

Rautaruukki says it has developed smart roof technology that can be fitted to both new and existing roofs to notice any changes in roof loading. The company says the sensors can be fitted to any roof in which load-bearing sheets have been used.... Read more

Finnish companies shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Bully Award’ 2011

The Finnish music discovery company Hitlantis, and two other Finnish companies have been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Bully Award’ 2011. These awards are annually given to the leading technology, media and telecommunications companies (TMT)... Read more

Huurre Group wins European contracts worth millions

The refrigeration solution specialists Huurre Group has signed contracts worth a total of nearly 15 million euros in Norway, Hungary, Ukraine and Poland. The contracts with Norway were made during July-August and are mainly for large-scale... Read more

Mon, 29 Aug, 2011:

Finnair to replace video screens with tablets

Finnair is considering outfitting its next-generation Airbuses with tablets like Apple’s iPad instead of installing in-seat video screens, reports Australian Business Traveller. The website says Finnair may equip its 2014 line of Airbus A350... Read more

M-Files among the best companies in Europe

Document management specialists M-Files ranked among the best companies in Europe in the European Business Awards competition according to the journal Tietoviikko.  The company was awarded the Ruban d'Honneur in the Business of the Year award... Read more

Fri, 26 Aug, 2011:

Flybe Nordic announces new routes

Flybe Nordic, jointly owned by Flybe and Finnair, has announced its new route network. Nine new routes supplement those operated by the airline’s predecessor Finncomm, taking the total to 24 regional routes and up to 416 flights a week.  The... Read more

Citec establishes operations in Germany

The engineering and consulting services group Citec has acquired the system engineering business of German company Imotion. The acquisition is a key part of Citec’s strategy to expand its business operations more rapidly in Germany. - This is a... Read more

Thu, 25 Aug, 2011:

Leap project gives encouragement to strive for entrepreneurship

The Laurea Entrepreneurship Society’s Leap project takes Finnish college students and companies to Europe to network, to learn about entrepreneurship and to boost Finland’s visibility in the entrepreneurial field. The Society comprises students... Read more

Codespace soars when others dive

A software design and development company based in Jyväskyla is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Angry Birds creator Rovio after winning a prize in the Nokia Calling All Innovators competition. Codespace won the sports category of the global... Read more

New design project aims to build better healthcare and wellbeing services

Aalto University has launched project 365 Wellbeing as a part of the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 programme. The goal of the World Design Capital programme is to present ways of using design to develop our environment, and create... Read more

Wed, 24 Aug, 2011:

Nokia launches new affordable smartphones for mass market

Nokia has launched three new smartphones using the single-tap NFC technology for sharing and paring. Nokia 700, 701 and 600 smartphones have the latest Symbian Belle- technology, and with the attractive pricing they are aimed at mass markets.... Read more

Wärtsilä helps power Australian mine

Fortescue Metals Group, one of the world’s leading producers of iron ore, has awarded Wärtsilä the contract to supply engines, generators and associated auxiliary equipment to a power plant serving an iron ore mine in Western Australia. The six... Read more

Kuhmo diamond find looks promising

The test drilling by Karelian Diamond Resources at Kuhmo’s Seitaperä field has brought promising results, Yle Kainuu announced.. Previous surveys have uncovered 67 diamonds per hundred kilos in Finland’s largest known deposit of kimberlite.  In... Read more

Tue, 23 Aug, 2011:

Unemployment rate drops below seven percent

The unemployment rate in Finland dropped below seven percent in July.  According to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, the number of unemployed persons in July was 192,000 - 14,000 lower than one year ago. At 6.9 percent, the unemployment... Read more

Finnish Nationality Act changes in September

Rules on gaining citizenship change next month, making the process to acquire Finnish nationality more flexible says the Finnish Immigration Service. The most significant change is the residency requirement. Language skill needs have also been... Read more

Mobile guide makes getting to know Helsinki easier

Currently being trialled, Walk and Feel Helsinki is a guide concept for cruise passengers at Hernesaari.  The idea is to encourage cruise passengers to look around Helsinki.  A guided route leads them from the harbour to the centre of Helsinki... Read more

Mon, 22 Aug, 2011:

Ministers take pay cut as a part of national belt tightening

The Finnish government is expected to announce budget cuts on Tuesday, and as a part of national belt tightening, ministers salaries are going to be lowered. According to Taloussanomat – an online business news provider – ministers are taking... Read more

Finland dominates mobile phone throwing championships

Finnish competitors triumphed at the 2011 Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships in Savonlinna, holding down the top three places in the men’s, women’s and junior competitions. Oskari Heinonen won the men's category with a 76-metre throw,... Read more

Pori yard to build giant oil platform

Technip Offshore Finland’s contruction yard in Pori has won a new lease of life, following the award of a tender to build a giant oil drilling platform. The order for the oil and gas production platform was confirmed on Friday, guaranteeing work... Read more

Finnish gaming companies introduce new products at Gamescom

Finnish game developers introduce their newest products this week at the Europe’s biggest gaming event Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The event lures around 250,000 eager players from Europe to test 300 newest products. Finnish gaming industry is... Read more

Prestigious award for Finnish cancer researcher

Molecular cellular biologist Professor Johanna Ivaska has won the Anders Jahre Nordic award for younger researchers.  Her group has discovered  a new mechanism to stop the spread and growth of new cancers revolutionizing previous understandings... Read more

Fri, 19 Aug, 2011:

Finnair and Flybe complete FCA acquisition

Finnair and UK regional carrier Flybe say they have completed their 25 millon euro acquisition of Finland’s biggest domestic carrier Finnish Commuter Airlines (FCA). The airlines plan to announce their new route network this month. The goal is... Read more

On Sunday you can dine under an archway or up in a hot air balloon

Once again the popular event that is Restaurant Day will be held around Finland.  Restaurant Day is the initiative of private individuals in which anyone is able to set up their own restaurant for a day.  This pop-up restaurant group event seems... Read more

Thu, 18 Aug, 2011:

Fiskars Boats get media hype thanks to Putin and Medvedev

Fiskars Boats has got surprising marketing aid from two of the Russian’s most powerful politicians: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dimitri Medvedev. The pair was spotted cruising around on Volga in Fiskars Buster Magnum boats, and... Read more

Lappeenranta University of Technology invests in wind and solar power

A wind turbine will soon begin to generate electricity on the campus of the Lappeenranta University of Technology. The turbine will be used as a demonstrator both for teaching and research and it is planned to start up in November. Professor... Read more

Finland’s first wooden apartment building in Heinola

Construction of a passive energy, five-storey wooden apartment building has reached roof height in Vierumäki in Heinola.  The building shows the way for eco-efficient construction of wooden apartment buildings for which demand is growing. The... Read more

Filming of Purge begins in Estonia

The shooting of the film version of author Sofi Oksanen’s hugely successful novel Purge (Puhdistus) is supposed to start in Estonia this week, reports Helsingin Sanomat. The novel switches between past and present, following Estonia from before... Read more

Finnair Cargo launches all-cargo flights to Mumbai

The Finnish freight carrier, Finnair Cargo, is launching all-cargo flights to Mumbai in September in co-operation with Nordic Global Airlines. Finnair Cargo is a minority shareholder in Nordic Global Airline, a new all-cargo airline based in... Read more

Millennium technology prize to target 40 candidates

A total of 40 candidates will be competing for the 2012 Millennium technology prize worth more than one million euros. Unlike the previous nomination rounds, proposals were also accepted from Finland where three candidates are vying for the... Read more

Wed, 17 Aug, 2011:

Metso shredder heads to Russian Vyksa Steel Works

Metso has announced the delivery of a metal shredder plant to the Russian Vyksa Steel Works, part of United Metallurgical Company (OMK). The order, which is the largest ever for Metso’s metal shredding technology from Russia, will be completed... Read more

Marimekko opens new shops in Europe and USA, eyes opportunities in Asia

Marimekko, the Finnish textile and clothing design house, is rapidly expanding its operations. Company announced on Wednesday that it is opening seven new stores in Europe and USA later on this year. Marimekko, which is renowned for its original... Read more

Investors believe multitouch displays will conquer Asian markets

The growth plans of Multitouch, the manufacturers of multitouch display screens, have been given a boost with the injection of a two million euro investment.  The money comes from Finnish Industry Investment Ltd and Veritas Pension Insurance.... Read more

Tue, 16 Aug, 2011:

The new UPM Living offers wood-based products for home, garden and house

UPM has launched UPM Living, the new further processed products business, which offers wood-based product for home, garden and house. UPM Living is based on the business that was separated from UPM Timber in June. The new products of UPM Living... Read more

Nokia launching Windows Phone 7 through China Mobile

Nokia plans on launching Windows Phone 7 handsets through China's largest mobile phone carrier China Mobile. According to article published in pwcworld.com, Nokia’s move to launch the new phones through China Mobile gives the company an access... Read more

Metso expands in China

Metso says it will supply two containerboard machines to Anhui Shanying Paper Industry Company in the City of Ma’anshan in Anhui Province, China. The value of the order has not been disclosed but the company says two containerboard lines... Read more

Mon, 15 Aug, 2011:

Music therapy may help depression

Researchers in Finland say music therapy helps improve the treatment of depression, at least in the short term. Their study on 79 people, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that  patients who had music therapy, as well as... Read more

GoAct Oy launches Facebook calendar app in the US

Plango, a social calendar application developed by Finnish company GoAct Oy has been launched in the US.  Plango is a social calendar application developed for smartphones that people can use to plan jointly in real-time what they are doing. ... Read more

The presidential race is heating up

The Finnish presidential race is gradually heating up. Last Thursday, Paavo Lipponen, the Former Prime Minister and Speaker of Parliament, announced that he is seeking the nomination of the Social Democratic Party in next year’s elections. The... Read more

Huhtamäki expands its films business by Brazilian acquisition

Huhtamäki, the global manufacturer of consumer and specialty packaging, is expanding its films business. The Finnish company has agreed to acquire the privately owned Prisma Pack, the Brazilian hygienic films manufacturer. In a press release... Read more

Fri, 12 Aug, 2011:

Metso wins 20 million euro order for biomass power plant

Metso has won a 20 million euro contract to build a biomass power plant for combined heat and power production (CHP) in east Germany. The plant will burn forest residues and wood based landscaping material to produce 10 megawatts of heat for the... Read more

French divers find Finnish shipwreck

French divers have found the wreck of a Finnish sailing ship which sank with all hands in the Bay of Biscay, 87 years ago. Port Caledonia was sailing from Mejilones in Chile to the French port of La Pallice with 4000 tonnes of saltpetre when she... Read more

Thu, 11 Aug, 2011:

Nokia maintained leadership position in global mobile phone markets

The troubled Finnish mobile phone company, Nokia, maintained its leadership position in global mobile phone markets even its market share shrunk in the second quarter of 2011. According to YLE, a study conducted by Gartner, Nokia was world’s... Read more

Konecranes completes acquisition of WMI Cranes in India

Konecranes has completed the acquisition of the Indian WMI Cranes by increasing its ownership in a company from 51 percent to 100 percent. The total price for 100 percent of the shares in WMI amounted to 57 million Euros. Konecranes is an... Read more

Finland’s biggest cities go green

The mayors of Finland’s largest cities have committed themselves to reducing their cities’ energy consumption. The mayors of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Oulu and Tampere made the joint declaration at a meeting in Helsinki. Stressing the... Read more

Wärtsilä wins main engines order for new container ships

Wärtsilä is to supply the main engines for the first series of eight "Bangkok-max" container ships being built at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. The ships will serve as feeder vessels in Asian waters. The eight Wärtsilä RT-flex60C... Read more

Promising results for treatment of depression in young people without medication

In a global first, a treatment programme developed in Finland is showing promising results for treating young people with depression without the help of medication.  Even a short regime of TMS therapy has shown improvements in young people... Read more

Wed, 10 Aug, 2011:

PKC becomes a leading global heavy truck wiring harness supplier

PKC Group, which offers design and contract manufacturing services for wiring harnesses, cabling and electronics, will become a leading global heavy truck wiring harness supplier by acquisition. PKG has signed an agreement for the purchase of... Read more

Marimekko store opens at Copenhagen airport

Marimekko has opened its own retail store at Copenhagen airport – another step in the company’s expansion in Scandinavia. The store carries a wide range of interior decoration items, clothing, bags and other accessories in Marimekko’s... Read more

Patent for greenhouse gas emissions control

A Finnish invention for controlling the greenhouse effect has been patented according to an Yle News article published yesterday.  Instead of storing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear physicist Mattia Nurmia’s method would... Read more

Rovio soon to sell Angry Birds baby merchandise

The success of Rovio with its mobile games development has encouraged it to launch a range of baby clothes as well, reports Reuters.  Rovio has sold some seven million Angry Birds toys, increasing the company’s income considerably. — Games... Read more

Tue, 09 Aug, 2011:

Finnish entrepreneurship interests investors

The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Europe blog reports that Nokia’s recent difficulties have benefitted Finnish entrepreneurship. The blog details how the investment of around 30 million euros in March this year into Rovio, the developers of the... Read more

Espoo school wins architecture award

The new Kirkkojärvi school in Espoo has been selected for a prestigious International Architecture Award. The school is one of ninety buildings and projects from 30 countries selected for the awards from among hundreds of entries They are... Read more

Mon, 08 Aug, 2011:

Finnish Fashion showcased in an Inno-pilot catwalk

Finnish Fashion is showcased on 26th of August in the Finnish Catwalk, an event organised by Inno-pilot.The catwalk is aimed at experts in fashion industry, business angels as well as normal consumers. During the catwalk designers are meeting... Read more

Cargotec and RHI establish joint venture in China

Cargotec is planning a joint venture with one of its Chinese suppliers, Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries (RHI). The joint venture will focus on ship-to-shore cranes, rubber-tyred gantry cranes, rail mounted gantry cranes and marine speciality... Read more

Sarah Jessica Parker boosts Marimekko’s visibility in the USA

Marimekko’s conquest of the US appears to be proceeding promisingly.  It’s not just that the company has opened four new Marimekko stores in the United States in recent months as well as the June launch of a web shop specifically intended for US... Read more

Sun, 07 Aug, 2011:

Nokia the most popular brand in China

Nokia is ranked the most popular brand in China. According to various media sources,  Superbrands has listed Nokia number one in its 2011 Top 50 Most Popular brands for Chinese Consumers. Online retailer Taobao was second on the list and search... Read more

Outotec wins EUR 100 million deal with Emirates Aluminium

Outotec has signed two contracts worth over 100 million Euros with Emirates Aluminium (EMAL). The Finnish company will deliver aluminium smelter technology to the second phase of Emirates Aluminium’s smelter expansion project in Abu Dhabi.... Read more

Sat, 06 Aug, 2011:

The Finnish economy perked up

The Finnish economy perked up in May thanks to primary production including agriculture, forestry and fishing. The official statistics by Tilastokeskus, published 5 August, show seasonally adjusted output growing by 0.7 per cent in May from the... Read more

Fri, 05 Aug, 2011:

Zinc lozenges may shorten colds

A Finnish researcher says zinc lozenges may shorten the length of common colds by up to 40%, according to a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal. Success appears to depend on the dosage of zinc and the composition of the... Read more

Angry birds flock to China

Hit mobile phone game, Angry Birds, is flying into China with new games specially designed for the country and branded products which will include themed mooncakes. Rovio Entertatinment, creator of Angry Birds, has announced new corporate and... Read more

WWF Finland’s CEO becomes senior guardian of the international Panda brand

Liisa Rohweder D.Sc., CEO of WWF Finland has been chosen as the chair of the international WWF’s steering committee for communications and marketing.  The steering group’s remit includes the broader scope of the WWF brand and global marketing... Read more

Thu, 04 Aug, 2011:

Suominen takes a pole position in global wipes business

Suominen corporation is gaining a pole position in world nonwoven roll goods for wipes by acquiring the Home and Personal wipes fabrics business from Ahlstrom. By the acquisition Suominen will grow significantly and will become a global market... Read more

Finnish ferry operators broke records

Finnish ferry operators carried record number of passengers in July. According to Talouselämä and www.uusisuomi.fi, all the major operators including Viking Line, Tallink and Eckerö had record number of passengers in July - which is the main... Read more

Metso strengthens its position in the US mining industry

The technology group Metso has acquired Copperstate Industrial Services, a mining services provider.  With this acquisition of the Phoenix-based firm, Metso strengthens its position as a leading service and technology provider.  Details of the... Read more

Wed, 03 Aug, 2011:

UPM expects Myllykoski to boost its profitability

The Finnish paper maker UPM expects the newly acquired Myllykoski to boost its profits. According to UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen, the acquisition gives company a pole position in a competitive field. — As the transaction is completed,... Read more

Cruise visa-free from Hamina to Vyborg in Russia

Visa-free cruises from the port of Hamina to Vyborg in Russia are scheduled to start next Tuesday.   The Namdalingen catamaran ferry will transport people to Vyborg and back from Tuesday to Sunday. Operatations will continue into the autumn for... Read more

Finnair and Belavia sign codeshare agreement

The Belarusian national airline Belavia has signed a codeshare agreement with Finnair covering flights between Helsinki and Minsk as of August 15. The Minsk-based airline Belavia has a fleet of ten Boeing 737s and four Canadair aircraft. ... Read more

Tue, 02 Aug, 2011:

Using your smartphone becomes a habit

Smartphone users rapidly develop the habit of frequently checking email, social media and news, according to research by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and Intel Labs. A study of users in the US and Finland found that a... Read more

Mon, 01 Aug, 2011:

Metso’s order books are bulging

Metso has recorded its best ever quarter for new orders.  The company says new orders worth 2.88 billion euros were received between April and June, 73 per cent more than the same period last year.  Among the orders booked in the second quarter... Read more

Discovery of gene in truffle dogs advances epilepsy research

Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group has discovered  a new Lgi2 epilepsy gene in the Lagotto Romagnolo breed of dogs famous for their ability to sniff out truffles.  The discovery by the research group from the University of Helsinki and the... Read more

Solar-powered pop-up restaurant wows the world

The Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant combining gastronomy, design and ecology wowed international designers for the first time this Spring at the Milan Design Week.  This highly individual restaurant toured Finland in the summer and soon the... Read more