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Fri, 29 Jun, 2012:

Finnish service measures customer satisfaction at Heathrow

London’s Heathrow Airport has launched a customer satisfaction service developed by Tampere-based company HappyOrNot Ltd. — We needed a quick and simple method to understand our passengers’ feedback on a day to day basis, explains Kevin Rendle,... Read more

UPM wins on ethical innovation

UPM has won the Most Innovative Company category at the 2012 Ethical Corporation Awards held in London. UPM was highlighted for its Eco Design approach and overall sustainable thinking. UPM’s innovative approach has seen new products created... Read more

Ford chooses Nokia’s technology for its concept car

Nokia and the car manufacturer Ford are co-operating in developing smarter and more connected cars. According to a Nokia Press release, Ford’s research organisation has chosen the Nokia’s location platform to advance innovation for smart and... Read more

Thu, 28 Jun, 2012:

Finnish design gets a unique exhibition in Shanghai

Finnish design is exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Shanghai from October to December 2012. The exhibition Design Colours Life - Contemporary Finnish Design and Marimekko, is organized by the Radical Design Week, Marimekko... Read more

Valio exports more cheese to Russia

Valio has expanded cheese production at its Haapavesi plant in Central Finland to meet growing demand in Russia and Finland. Annual production of Valio Oltermanni cheese has increased by about five million kilos to about 30 million kilos as a... Read more

Wed, 27 Jun, 2012:

Supercell's Hay Day among top ten games in App Store

Supercell’s farming game Hay Day is one most downloaded game on the Apple’s App Store. Last week Hay Day made it into the top ten downloaded games for the iPad in the US and rose to 26th place on the top grossing games chart in just three days... Read more

Konecranes wins raft of US orders

Konecranes has announced a range of new orders from the United States. They include a deal to deliver three rubber tired gantry (RTG) cranes in June 2013 to transportation supplier CSX Intermodal Terminals. CSX Corporation is one of the leading... Read more

Tue, 26 Jun, 2012:

Deltamarin joins Titanic replica project

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer and Finnish-based ship design company Deltamarin have concluded a contract according to which Deltamarin will be involved in the project to build a new Titanic. The news was covered by, among others, the... Read more

Fitch gives Finland AAA credit rating with stable outlook

Fitch Ratings has given Finland a high credit rating despite the turmoil in eurozone. The rating agency has affirmed Finland's long-term foreign and local currency credit rating AAA with the stable outlook. The rating agency has also affirmed... Read more

UEFA awards Fortum Tutor programme

A national programme, sponsored by Fortum, to develop the skills of coaches of junior football teams has been named UEFA's Best Grassroots Project in Europe. UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, handed the UEFA Grassroots award to... Read more

Mon, 25 Jun, 2012:

Vigorous growth in foreign investments in Helsinki area

The Greater Helsinki area attracted significant numbers of foreign investors in 2011. Helsinki shot ahead of neighbouring metropolises Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Tallinn. This is the first time that the city has topped the list in both... Read more

Rovio’s Chairman makes a major investment on Kiosked

Kiosked has received $ 5.75 million investment from Rovio’s chairman Kaj Hed, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and private investors. This is the Hed’s first major investment outside the Angry Birds parent company... Read more

New Oksanen book to break print record

A new novel by Finnish author Sofi Oksanen, which is scheduled for publication in the autumn, will have a record-breaking print run of 100,000 copies for its first edition. That is more copies for a first edition than any other book printed in... Read more

Fri, 22 Jun, 2012:

Happy Midsummer!

Good News from Finland is on a Midsummer break on the 22nd of June. We will be back with fresh news on Monday, 25th of June. We wish you a sunny weekend! Editorial staff Video by VisitFinland Read more

Thu, 21 Jun, 2012:

Transfluent launches a Facebook service for corporates

Transfluent, the start-up offering near real time translation services, has launched a new service, Transfluent for Facebook, for global corporate clients which have a presence on Facebook. The company is offering to translate the companies... Read more

Former President Martti Ahtisaari receives Global Economy Prize

Former Finnish President and Nobel laureate Martti Ahtisaari has received the prestigious 2012 Global Economy Prize from Germany’s Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The prize is awarded for active discourse on economic matters as well as for... Read more

Wed, 20 Jun, 2012:

Rovio plans to build thousands of amusement parks in China

Rovio and Lappset are building their first two Angry Birds parks in China this year, one in Haining and another one in Chengdu. A Lappset press release states that all the equipment for the parks will be manufactured in the Lappset factory in... Read more

VTT first to offer uCode service in Europe

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the first organisation in Europe to set up a uCode server, which can be used to easily connect various digital information to objects. The uCode system is closely connected to the Internet of... Read more

Finland among the ten most peaceful nations in the world

Finland is among the ten most peaceful nations in the world. Finland is ranked number 9 in the Institute for Economics and Peace annual Global Peace Index (GPI). The index is ranking 158 nations based on their levels of peacefulness. According... Read more

Kone delivers elevators for China’s Suning Rui City

The global lifts and elevator company Kone has won an order to deliver 54 elevators to the Suning Rui City development in Nanjing, China. The mixed use complex with an area of 150,000 square meters will house a luxury hotel, as well as office... Read more

Tue, 19 Jun, 2012:

Helsinki is now more affordable than a year ago

Helsinki is now more affordable city than a year ago, dropping off the Mercer’s list of 50 world’s most expensive cities. According to the latest Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey, Helsinki is ranked 65th most expensive city in the world, down 23... Read more

Mon, 18 Jun, 2012:

International money poured into AV industry in 2011

In 2011 film and television production companies amassed a total of EUR 43.8 million in export revenue and financing. This is an increase of more than EUR 7 million from the previous year. The results are revealed by a study conducted by FAVEX,... Read more

Altia establishes major new logistics centre in Sweden

Altia, the leader in the Nordic alcoholic beverage business, is developing a major logistics centre in Brunna near Stockholm. According to the company, the new logistics centre will improve its overall efficiency and service offering in Sweden... Read more

Nokia acquires Scalado from Sweden and sells Vertu

Nokia, the global mobile manufacture, is acquiring the imaging company Scalado based on Sweden in a move to improve the camera technology use on its Lumia Windows Phone devices. The deal is expected to close during the third quarter of 2012.... Read more

Fri, 15 Jun, 2012:

Mendor receives an international technology prize

Mendor, a diabetes technology start-up, has been awarded the international TiE50 technology prize for its innovations in the field of advanced diabetes management, combining new user friendly design and technology to address the needs of those... Read more

Wärtsilä notches up dual-fuel milestone

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply its 50DF dual-fuel propulsion engines to 100 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Carrier vessels. The milestone was passed with the supply of a LNG carrier in a South Korean shipyard. The 100 LNG Carriers represent... Read more

Thu, 14 Jun, 2012:

Prysmian Group invests in submarine cable factory

The Italian cable company Prysmian Group has inaugurated its new submarine cable factory in Pikkala in Kirkkonummi, near Helsinki. The company has invested roughly EUR 40 million in expanding its production at the factory. — Our positive... Read more

Millennium Technology Prize shared first time by two winners

Two prominent innovators, Linus Torvalds and Dr Shinya Yamanaka, are joint Grand Winners of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize, one of the world’s major technology prizes. This is the first time that the Grand Prize has been shared by two... Read more

UK soap signs Nokia product placement deal

Nokia has signed a product placement deal with Hollyoaks, a long-running British soap opera. Hollyoaks will be showcasing the Nokia Lumia smartphones over four months from July. Producers of the show have confirmed that selected characters will... Read more

Wed, 13 Jun, 2012:

American stars wear Ivana Helsinki

American stars are showing growing interest in Ivana Helsinki’s new Concept Store which opened in New York in February. Actors Eva Mendes and Holland Roden as well as Gossip singer Beth Ditto have been seen wearing the label’s dresses. Pictures... Read more

Rapala fishing lures win international awards

Rapala, the global market leader in fishing lures, has won international awards for its products. Rapala Balsa Xtreme Minnow has been honored with the Best New Hard Lure Award, and Blue Fox Vibrax Super Bou named the Best New Metal Lure at the... Read more

UPM Raflatac buys Swiss ops of Gascognes Labelstock

UPM Raflatac, one of the world’s leading suppliers of self-adhesive labelstock, has signed a deal to acquire the business operations of Gascogne Laminates Switzerland. The parties are not disclosing the purchase price. The deal is subject to... Read more

Tue, 12 Jun, 2012:

Ekokem expands operations into Sweden

Waste management company Ekokem has acquired all of the shares of Swedish environmental management company SAKAB AB from international energy company E.ON. SAKAB’s three areas of operations are waste treatment using two incineration lines, soil... Read more

Kone launches new energy efficient lifts

Kone is introducing new eco-efficient lifts which are expected to cover approximately 60 percent of company’s elevator offering. The new products will be available in Europe and Asia Pacific during the second half of 2012, and in the Americas in... Read more

Lahti to host 2017 Nordic Worlds

The Finnish town of Lahti has been chosen to stage the 2017 Nordic skiing world championships. O rganisers hope to make the event the greenest in history and attract 450,000 visitors to the stadiums. The competition will be returning to Finland... Read more

Mon, 11 Jun, 2012:

Finnish tourism achieves third highest growth in Europe

The number of overnight stays by foreign travellers in Finla nd increased in the period between January and March by 14 per cent compared to the previous year. This was the third highest result in Europe. When compared with its Nordic... Read more

VTT-led project aims to reduce disaster impact

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a European project designed to save lives and minimise damage to property in times of crisis. The CRISMA project is developing a planning tool to help the authorities, emergency... Read more

Myontec makes it to The New York Times top innovations list

The New York Times has listed Myontec amongst “the innovations that will change your tomorrow”. The newspaper has listed 32 inspiring innovations, and Myontec’s analytical underwear is one of them. According to the business daily Kauppalehti,... Read more

Fri, 08 Jun, 2012:

Tekes boosts games industry

Tekes, the Finnish funding agency for technology and innovation, has launched a programme, mainly for startups and small and medium-sized enterprises, to make Finland a gaming and entertainment industry centre of international importance.... Read more

Samsung and VTT piloting eco-campus model in Finland

Samsung C & T Corporation and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are co-operating in an international project that looks for solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The parties have signed a framework agreement to... Read more

Thu, 07 Jun, 2012:

Nokia launches new low cost phones aimed at mass-market

Nokia has launched three new low cost Asha phones aimed at competitive mass-market. The new Nokia Asha phones 305, 306 and 311, are touch-enabled devices, and bring the Asha series count to around ten devices which are available in more than 130... Read more

Finpro opens trade centers in Peru and Colombia

Finpro, which promotes the growth and success of Finnish companies on the international market, is opening trade centers in Peru and Colombia to support the growing interest that Finnish companies have in the region. The Finpro trade centers... Read more

Wed, 06 Jun, 2012:

On-the-wall grocery store in Helsinki

On Monday 4 June, Finland’s first grocery store wall was opened in Helsinki’s city centre. Kauppakassi (“Shopping Bag”) grocery store walls can be found in the underground tunnel that leads to the Sokos Department Store in Helsinki. The stores... Read more

Biohit HealthCare signs contract with Euro Diagnostica

Finnish health care company Biohit  has signed a distribution contract with EuroDiagnostica, an International diagnostics company based in Malmö, Sweden. The Swedish company will distribute and market Biohit’s biomarker test GastroPanel which... Read more

Finland ranks high for competitiveness

The World Economic Forum has ranked Finland second among EU member states when it comes to building a smart, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economy.   The 2012 edition of the Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report covers 27 EU... Read more

Tue, 05 Jun, 2012:

Education export agreements with Saudi Arabia for Finnish schools

The JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä and the Saudi Arabian Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) entered into an education export agreement according to which 20 vocational teachers from Saudi Arabia began training... Read more

Cleantech companies turnover hits over EUR 20 billion

The Finnish cleantech companies combined turnover was last year over EUR 20 billion. According to Cleantech Finland’s survey, the turnover was growing almost 11 percent from the previous year. — Finnish companies have put lot of effort to build... Read more

Ruukki frames Scandinavia’s largest mall

Rautaruukki has signed a contract to design, manufacture and install the steel structures for the largest shopping centre in Scandinavia. The contract is worth over 30 million euros. When completed in Solna, near Stockholm in 2015, the Mall of... Read more

Mon, 04 Jun, 2012:

Finnish research brings carbon material to solar cells

Kerttu Aitola , a researcher at Aalto University, is the first person to replace the most expensive parts of solar cells with carbon nanomaterials. In her doctoral dissertation she compares the suitability of different carbon nanomaterials as... Read more

Finland’s first Angry Birds theme park planned in Lapland

Rovio Entertainment is rapidly expanding Angry Birds brand to activity and theme parks. According to YLE, the playground equipment maker Lappset Group wants to build Finland’s first Angry Birds- themed activity park in the town centre of... Read more

Financial Times finds plenty to praise in Finland

In a five-page special report, the London-based Financial Times has described the Finns as "rich, happy and good at austerity". According to the newspaper, Finland's troubles seem minor compared with those that face other European states. Budget... Read more

Fri, 01 Jun, 2012:

Finnish-Russian advisory council for SMEs set up in St Petersburg

On 30 May in St Petersburg, a contract was signed on the establishment of a Finnish-Russian advisory council for entrepreneurs. The purpose of the council is to assist Finnish SMEs in gaining access to, in particular, the economic area of St... Read more

Outotec receives over EUR 350 million order from Saudi Arabia

Outotec has received over EUR 350 million order from Cristal Global, the second largest titanium dioxide pigment producer in the world. Outotec will design and deliver technology and services for new ilmenite smelting facilities to be located in... Read more

Stora Enso to roof novel car showroom

Stora Enso is taking part in designing and building the next-generation, highly energy self-sufficient car showroom in Finland by providing the wooden roof elements for the project. The Sunny Car Centre represents a new concept for the car... Read more