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Thu, 31 May, 2012:

Linda Bergroth and OK Do win Young Designer of the Year 2012

Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year Prize of 2012 has gone to Linda Bergroth and the arts/design collective OK Do with Anni Puolakka and Jenna Sutela.The Young Designer of the Year Prize was instituted in 2000 and has been awarded... Read more

China’s ZTE launches smartphones with Rightware’s technology

World’s fourth largest handset maker, Chinese ZTE, has launched new Android 4.0  smartphones with technology provided by Finnish Rightware. Rightware and ZTE have entered in partnership where by ZTE licences Rightwares Kanzi UI solution to their... Read more

UPM shortlisted for ethical innovation

UPM has been shortlisted for the Ethical Corporation awards in the category of the Most Innovative Company. The awards will be presented in London on June 25. The winner of the Most Innovative Company award has to demonstrate how the company has... Read more

Wed, 30 May, 2012:

YIT to build several new blocks of flats in Moscow

The construction company YIT is currently building six apartment blocks in Moscow. Upon completion in the near future, the blocks will house a total of some 1 500 flats. Three of the buildings are being built in Shchelkovo, and a 17-storey... Read more

Moventas lands major offshore deal

Moventas has landed an 80 million euro deal to supply Areva with gear units for its 5MW offshore turbines. The Finnish gear manufacturer has already supplied two 5MW medium-speed offshore wind gears to the French energy group’s M500 wind... Read more

Tue, 29 May, 2012:

Game development centre to open in Lappeenranta

The idea behind the operating environment is that enterprising game enthusiasts need not purchase their own equipment and programs, but can instead cultivate their ideas at a game development centre. The centre allows game developers to test out... Read more

Planmed’s scanner for extreme fractures is a gold winner

The Planmed’s scanner Planmed Verity has been awarded Gold Winner at the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards. The scanner was also nominated “Best in Show”. Established in 1998, the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) is the medical device... Read more

Pöyry helps Eastern Africa in geothermal hunt

Pöyry's Energy business group has won a consulting contract for the establishment and operation of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) for Eastern Africa. The four-year contract by the African Union Commission (AUC) in cooperation... Read more

Mon, 28 May, 2012:

S Group and Foodie.fm take gold in the US

S Group and Foodie.fm’s e-commerce service won the gold medal in the US-based Retail TouchPoints’ Channel Innovation Awards. The annual award was granted in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, for the second time. The Platinum award was given to the... Read more

Kone supplies elevators and escalators for Finland's largest infrastructure project

Kone is delivering elevators and escalators to the West Metro project which is the Finland’s largest ongoing infrastructure project. Helsinki is extending its current metro line 14 kilometres to the west of the terminus station to Espoo. Each... Read more

Cruise ship visitors flock to Helsinki

The Port of Helsinki expects a record number of foreign tourists to dock this year. About 400,000 people are booked to visit the Finnish capital on 285 cruise vessels between now and October. This represents an increase of about 15,000 visitors... Read more

Fri, 25 May, 2012:

Finnish environmental activist wins prestigious award

Field biologist and environmental activist Olli Manninen is the recipient of this year’s Nature and Environment Prize given by the Nordic Council. Manninen was awarded for his work to preserve Nordic forests and for getting grassroots-level... Read more

Science journals cite Helsinki University

The number of citations in scientific journals to research done at the University of Helsinki far exceeds the international average. A recent survey also indicates that research results from the university appear in high standard publications.... Read more

Outotec to deliver technology to Grupo México

Outotec is delivering technology for Grupo México's Buenavista del Cobre plant, in northern México. The contract value is about EUR 22 million. The start-up of the plant is scheduled in the early 2014, and the new plant will have an annual... Read more

Thu, 24 May, 2012:

Ruukki wins EUR 11 million steel frame order in Estonia

Rautaruukki has signed a contract worth around EUR 11 million with Alstom Power on the delivery of a steel frame for the construction of a power plant in Narva, Estonia. In the first phase of the project, Alstom will deliver a 300 MW circulating... Read more

Swedish Transport Administration chooses Foreca

The Swedish Transport Administration has chosen Foreca as its weather service provider for the next three-year period. The service includes weather services for roads as well as for the railways.  — Foreca has provided weather services for the... Read more

Finnair saves costs by shifting flights to Flybe

The Finnish carrier Finnair is shifting third of its European services to Flybe Finland, and as a part of the deal Finnair will transfer twelve 100 seat Embraer aircraft to Flybe. In connection with this business transfer, cabin attendants and... Read more

Wed, 23 May, 2012:

University of Oulu’s 4G project wins international award

The EARTH project, a collaborative effort between the University of Oulu and several other international organisations that aims to find energy-efficiency solutions for communications, has been granted the Future Internet Award. The EARTH... Read more

Everest climber on course for Seven Summits

Finnish mountaineer Atte Miettinen is on course to be the first Finn to complete the Seven Summits challenge after conquering Mount Everest. The telecoms executive, based in Dubai, has now climbed six of the Seven Summits – the highest mountains... Read more

Neste Oil producing renewable diesel from waste fish fat

Neste Oil has begun to produce  renewable diesel from waste fat sourced from the fish processing industry at its Singapore refinery. The fat in question comes from the gutting waste generated when processing freshwater pangasius farmed in... Read more

Tue, 22 May, 2012:

Researchers identify compounds that stem breast cancer metastasis

Researchers from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, in co-operation with the University of Turku, Indiana University in the US, and two Turku-based companies, Biotie Therapies and Pharmatest, have discovered new information in breast... Read more

Konecranes receives one of the biggest orders from India

Konecranes has received new orders from India and Estonia. The Finnish company is delivering 21 heavy duty industrial cranes to steel manufacturer JSW Steel Ltd in India. According to Konecranes, this order is one of the biggest single orders in... Read more

Researchers identify leukemia gene mutation

Researchers in Finland have discovered that a gene mutation is an underlying cause of LGL leukaemia, a rare, malignant blood disease of the mature T-cells which is often related to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Since the... Read more

Mon, 21 May, 2012:

Fortum Tutor football programme scores UEFA prize

The Fortum Tutor programme, which hones the skills of junior football coaches, has been chosen by the Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, as the top European Grassroots project. The award is part of the UEFA’s Grassroots Day held on... Read more

Pavilion gives heart to Design Year

One of the busiest months in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme is in full swing after the opening of a pavilion made from Finnish wood. The temporary pavilion located between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design... Read more

Finnish economic growth strongest in eurozone

Finnish economic growth was strongest in eurozone in the first quarter of 2012. According to the figures released by Eurostat, Finnish Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 1.3 percent on previous quarter. GDP measures the combined value of products... Read more

Fri, 18 May, 2012:

YIT receives EUR 10 million order from Fortum

YIT has confirmed a contract with Fortum for the delivery of piping for the company’s new waste combustion plant. The deal is valued at around EUR 1 0 million. The delivery includes the plant’s district heating system, district heating battery,... Read more

Finland exports a record number of food products

Finland exported last year a record number of food products. The value of exports was EUR 1.6 billion, an increase of 20 percent on previous year. The biggest increase was seen in dairy products and grains, and overall export was helped by... Read more

Sun and wind power VTT apartment

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has built an energy self-sufficient test apartment in Oulu, powered only by solar and wind energy.   The apartment will be used for the research and development of building-specific energy production... Read more

Thu, 17 May, 2012:

ThingLink acquires fashion image tagging service from Sweden

ThingLink, the innovative Finnish interactive image service, has acquired Pixboom, the leading image tagging service for the Swedish fashion industry. Pixboom was founded in 2008 in Stockholm and the service enables interactive images on... Read more

Finnish-Chinese project aims for cleaner air

Finnish environmental expertise is heading to China in the form of the China Testbed project. Set up by the Finnish energy and environment consortium CLEEN, the project develops applications for monitoring air quality in cooperation with... Read more

Wed, 16 May, 2012:

Finnair’s inflight film receives international awards

The Unique Design of Finland , a short film created for inflight entertainment purposes, has won accolades at festivals in Germany and the United States. The film showcases Finnish design, from buildings and vehicles to dishes and apparel. The... Read more

Mint of Finland honours Marimekko’s founder

Mint of Finland is issuing a commemorative coin for Armi Ratia, the founder of textile and design house Marimekko. The coin features Armi Ratia and Marimekko’s trademark Unikko poppy flower which was designed by Maija Isola. — Armi Ratia was a... Read more

Sayduck helps you choose furniture

Helsinki and London-based startup Sayduck has created a mobile app which lets users see exactly how a piece of furniture looks in a room using augmented reality. The iPhone and iPad app lets shoppers visualise objects in their homes from any... Read more

Tue, 15 May, 2012:

Outotec delivering technology for Indian plant

Outotec is delivering technology for a new iron ore sintering plant to be built in Rengali in the state of Orissa, India. The company has signed a EUR 20 million contract with Indian Bhushan Power & Steel Limited (BPSL).The scope of Outotec's... Read more

Finnish golf technology qualifies for European Tour

The European Tour has begun co-operation with golf technology specialists Viherio Technologies, based in Oulu, Finland. Viherio’s products will first be utilised during the tour at the BMW Championship tournament, to be played in England between... Read more

Wallpaper blocks Wi-Fi

An affordable wallpaper which blocks Wi-Fi signals could be brought to market next year by Finnish materials company Ahlstrom. French news services The Connexion and Le Point are reporting that Ahlstrom has bought the rights to Metapaper which... Read more

Mon, 14 May, 2012:

ZEF voting engine brings democracy to Egypt

ZEF Solutions is bringing the world a voting application developed in Finland. The application, called VotingAid, was developed in co-operation with the Finnish media company MTV3 and has been used in six Finnish elections. ZEF’s VotingAid has... Read more

Amazing Alex to follow Angry Birds

Angry Birds developer Rovio says that its new game will be called Amazing Alex and that it will be released in two months’ time. Company CEO Mikael Hed revealed details about the upcoming puzzle game in an interview with Yle’s breakfast... Read more

China’s largest science and technology park is coming to Finland

China’s largest science and technology park is coming to Espoo, in Finland. According to Marko Vanska, CEO of China-Finland Golden Bridge, the aim of the new ZPark Software Park is to help Chinese companies start business and research... Read more

Fri, 11 May, 2012:

Floriade World Expo pavilion created using Metsä Wood’s products

Among the exhibits at the Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo presently taking place in the Netherlands is the My Green World exhibition centre, constructed from Metsä Wood’s wood-based products. The architecturally unique wooden structure is... Read more

Fazer, Fiskars and Paulig have highest reputation rankings

Fazer, the Finnish catering, bakery and confectionery company, has the highest reputation ranking in Finland. Fiskars, the global consumer products company, has the second highest ranking followed by the Finland’s leading coffee company Paulig.... Read more

Finnish mothers have it good

Finland is the sixth-best place to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s 13th State of the World’s Mothers report, which compares 165 countries. The ranking looks at factors such as a mother's health, education and economic status, as... Read more

Thu, 10 May, 2012:

Finnair flies direct to Chongqing

Finnair has become the first airline in the world to fly direct between Europe and Chongqing in China. The new route forms part of the carrier's strategy of offering the shortest connections between Asia and Europe via Helsinki. Chongqing is... Read more

Outotec acquires a Brazilian service company

Outotec has agreed to acquire all shares in Demil Manutenção Industrial Ltda in Brazil from Marcos Del Pupo and his children. Demil provides industrial maintenance services for iron ore pelletizing plants and is located in Guarapari, Espírito... Read more

Wed, 09 May, 2012:

Oilon gas burners to Beijing

The Lahti-based family company Oilon is set to deliver 83 large-scale gas burners to China’s capital, Beijing. The contract is valued at more than EUR 5 million. The news was reported by Kauppalehti. The end user in the project is the Beijing... Read more

Nokia 808 PureView starts selling in India and Russia

Nokia starts to roll out its Nokia 808 PureView smartphone this month in select markets – including Russia and India. The company unveiled the latest gadget in February at the Mobile World Congress 2012. According to CNET UK website, the new... Read more

Loyalty pays for Finnair Plus frequent flyers

To celebrate 20 years of the Finnair Plus programme, Finnair is launching Lifetime tiers for its most loyal customers.  Frequent customers who have reached Finnair Plus Lifetime Gold or Platinum tier membership can now enjoy Finnair Plus tier... Read more

Tue, 08 May, 2012:

Finland Pavilion at Cannes for the first time

Finland will be present at the Cannes Film Festival from 16 to 25 May for the first time with its own pavilion. The Finland Film Commission and regional film commissions, together with their co-operation partners, will distribute information... Read more

Kone buys Eagle Elevator in Minnesota, USA

Kone has acquired the business of Eagle Elevator Corporation, an independent elevator service company with long history in the Minnesota market. The two parties don’t disclose details of the size of transaction. Eagle and Kone will be combining... Read more

Top award for Karita Mattila

Opera News, published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild in the United States, has given one of its annual awards to Finnish soprano Karita Mattila. The magazine described her as one of the four best singers in the world. This was the seventh year... Read more

Mon, 07 May, 2012:

Hermo Pharma secures 1.2 million euros in venture capital

Finnish biopharmaceutical company Hermo Pharma has recently completed a capitalisation round worth 1.2 million euros. Investors include Aloitusrahasto Vera and the Helsinki University Funds. A number of private investors, including Jonathan... Read more

Marimekko enters the Chinese market by opening a shop in Hong Kong

Marimekko, the Finnish design house, has entered the Chinese market by opening its first store in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong store is located in Causeway Bay on a block that enjoys growing popularity among interesting fashion, interior design and... Read more

Fri, 04 May, 2012:

Neste Oil sells renewable diesel to US

Neste Oil says it has sold its first batch of NExBTL renewable diesel to the US market. The fuel, which qualifies as an advanced biofuel in the US, was produced at the company's Porvoo refinery in Finland from waste fats. — Our entry into the US... Read more

Angry Birds Space has become the fastest growing mobile game

Angry Birds Space has made a new record since it hit 50 million downloads within 35 days, making it the fastest growing mobile game yet and breaking all our previous records, reveals Rovio Entertainment’s corporate blog. “This has been simply... Read more

Finland boasts freest press

Finland  shares the top spot with Norway and Sweden in the global press freedom index published annually by Freedom House, a non governmental organisation, based in the United States. In total, Freedom House examined the state of press freedom... Read more

Thu, 03 May, 2012:

Lumene first to introduce stem cell technology to skin care

Lumene has, together with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, developed stem cell technology based on the Finnish cloudberry. The cloudberry stem cell extract is used in Lumene’s skincare products to be launched in May. The Excellent... Read more

Finnish designers win at Hyères

Finnish designers Siiri Raasakka, Tiia Siren and Elina Laitinen have won the main prize at the 27th edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography. After the ten finalists presented their collections in a runway show,... Read more

Finland has a record number of women on boards

Finland holds an European Union record in regards to number of women in company boards. According to new figures released by Finland Chamber of Commerce, women now account for 22 percent of listed companies' board members in Finland compared... Read more

Wed, 02 May, 2012:

The Punk Syndrome rocks Swiss film festival

The documentary film Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome) won the award for most innovative documentary at the Visions du Réel festival, organised in Nyon, Switzerland from 20–27 April. The Punk Syndrome, directed by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi,... Read more

Record number of people immigrated to Finland last year

A record number of people immigrated to Finland last year. The figures published by Statistics Finland show that 29,500 persons immigrated to Finland from foreign countries during 2011. The figure is 3,100 higher than in the previous year and... Read more

Fair WinWinD to France

Finnish wind energy company WinWinD has continued its collaboration with French firm InnoVent by installing six WWD-3 wind turbines in wind parks in the municipalities of Fiefs and Sains-lès-Pernes in northern France. All turbines are now... Read more

Tue, 01 May, 2012:

Outotec provides technology for Utah in the U.S.

Outotec is providing flotation technology for Kennecott Utah Copper concentrator in the U.S. The concentrator is located close to Salt Lake City, Utah, processes ore mined from Bingham Canyon and produces copper and molybdenum concentrates. The... Read more

Finland shines in Nordic Cleantech Open

Finnish cleantech start-ups Ultranat and MetGen took second and joint third place respectively in this year’s Nordic Cleantech Open. Ultranat turns ashes from bio-fuel power plants into valuable nutrition and fertilizers. The only thing left is... Read more