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Fri, 31 Aug, 2012:

Pohjola expands its operations to Riga in Latvia

Pohjola, the Finnish banking and insurance group will expand its operations in the Baltic countries by opening a corporate branch office in Riga, Latvia. The company is also planning to open a corporate branch office in Vilnius, Lithuania. - The... Read more

Separation technology research hub established in Lappeenranta

In co-operation with the Lappeenranta University of Technology’s Centre for Separation Technology, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is setting up a new research group focusing on separation technology in Lappeenranta. The group will... Read more

Aalto University innovates with Indian incubator

India’s first telecom incubator Startup Village is due to sign a Memorandum of Understanding next week with Aalto University to maximize exposure to cutting edge product technologies to Indian start-ups, drive innovative ties, and pave the way... Read more

Thu, 30 Aug, 2012:

Millions of Japanese get a taste of Finnish metal culture

Millions of Japanese people were given a glimpse of Finnish heavy metal culture, and in particular the band Turisas from Hämeenlinna, on the popular prime-time TV show Sekai Banzuke. A film team from the Japanese show flew to Finland in July to... Read more

Blaast expands its cloud-based mobile app platforms in Asia

Blaast, the Finnish company known for its cloud-based mobile app platforms, is expanding in Asia with new operator partnerships which add 30 million subscribers to its network of 46 million users. The company also has surpassed their four... Read more

Europe’s largest heat pump commissioned at Valio’s Seinäjoki plant

Valio’s Seinäjoki plant has inaugurated an industrial-scale heat pump solution that is, according to the company, one of a kind in the world. The solution is based on reclaiming and recycling the heat and cold from production in the plant’s... Read more

Airport traffic in Finland grows again

Airport traffic in Finland has grown by three per cent so far this year after last year saw traffic surge 16 per cent to a record 19 million passengers. Most route launches this year have been at regional airports, reports airline network news... Read more

Wed, 29 Aug, 2012:

Angry Birds swoop onto home decor

Fabric specialists Vallila Interior and Rovio Entertainment have joined up to create a collection of Angry Birds home decor products. The interior design and entertainment companies have collaborated on the collection, which will include... Read more

Finnish science-fiction spoof Iron Sky comes to your console

Iron Sky, the Finnish science-fiction spoof, will be released as a video game in November, reports the Escapist website. Topware Interactive announced at video games conference Gamescom on August 19 in Cologne, Germany, that they have acquired... Read more

Metso expands mill lining capacity

Metso is expanding its rubber mill lining production capacity around the world by investing in new presses to meet the growing demand in the global mining market.                                                                When the investment... Read more

Tue, 28 Aug, 2012:

Sofi Oksanen’s latest novel sold to eight countries

The translation rights to Sofi Oksanen’s latest novel, When the Doves Disappeared, have already been sold to eight countries. The news was reported by Helsingin Sanomat. According to Salomonsson Agency, the company in charge of the translation... Read more

Kone orders from Asia-Pacific region are piling up

Kone, one of the global leaders in elevator and escalator business, has won a five-year contract from Marina Bay Sands to maintain the elevators and escalators at the integrated resort in Singapore. Kone provided the majority of the elevators... Read more

Australian projects opt for Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has won the order to supply equipment for a gas power plant expansion to the McArthur River zinc mine power plant in Australia’s Northern Territory. Wärtsilä will provide six Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas and the related... Read more

Mon, 27 Aug, 2012:

Turku University develops new fuel cell for portable devices

The University of Turku has published the promising thesis of one of its students, Wukui Zheng, a PhD student who hails from China. Zheng’s thesis proposes a low-cost fuel cell as a power source for portable electronics.   Zheng’s fuel cell... Read more

Nokia joins Samsung and Sony to drive indoor location services

Nokia has joined forces with Samsung and Sony to work together on standardising indoor location services across the mobile industry. The alliance called “The In-Location Alliance” includes 22 companies across industries to “drive innovation and... Read more

Outotec wins South Korean order

Outotec says it will supply technology worth more than 10 million euros for a nickel matte treatment facility in South Korea. The customer is Enerchem Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Korean ferroalloy producer and trader Enertec Co Ltd. Nickel matte is... Read more

Fri, 24 Aug, 2012:

Finnish music service sets stage for UK launch

LiveMusicStage, an online service offering interactive, live musical experiences, has joined forces with two of the most important players in the British music industry – Metropolis Group and PRS for Music. The new partnership will kick off in... Read more

Finnair and airberlin expand their co-opeartion

Finnair and airberlin, the second biggest airline in Germany, are expanding their co-operation. The companies are building on their current codeshare cooperation and expanding in markets in Scandinavia and the Middle East. Finnair and airberlin... Read more

New chemical compound impacts climate and health

Research carried out in Finland’s forest by an international research team led by the University of Helsinki and the University of Colorado Boulder in the United States has led to the discovery of a new chemical compound in the Earth’s... Read more

Thu, 23 Aug, 2012:

Emotion-sensing robot being developed in Oulu

A robot that can recognise human emotions is currently being developed at the University of Oulu. The robot of the future will be able to recognise human expressions, understand speech and gestures and will be able to respond to its user via an... Read more

Five Finnish universities make top 500 list

Five universities in Finland have been included on a ranking list of the world’s top 500 universities.  The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) considers achievements such as Nobel prizes and articles published in scientific journals.... Read more

Mari Isopahkala is the Nordic Designer of the year

Finnish designer Mari Isopahkala has won the Nova Nordic Designer of the Year title. She was selected as this year’s winner for her exquisite jewellery, home furnishing fabrics and intriguing glassware. According to the jury “in sculpturally... Read more

Wed, 22 Aug, 2012:

Finnish play grabs award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A play by Helsinki based The Group Theater (Ryhmäteatteri) has won the Scotsman Fringe First Award for the best new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The winning play, Continuous Growth, is billed as comedy, a “riotous satire about... Read more

Clean-power company Merus Power lands major new orders

Merus Power, a power-quality company based in the Tampere area, has received significant orders from Russia and Asia. The total value of the orders amounts to around one million euros. Merus Power will deliver its active filters for improving... Read more

Helsinki prepares giant domino chain

One of the highlights of Helsinki’s Night of the Arts on Thursday is expected to be a four-kilometre chain of concrete dominoes tumbling through the heart of the city from Observatory Hill to Senate Square via Bulevardi and Kamppi Shopping... Read more

Tue, 21 Aug, 2012:

G.W. Sundmans receives prestigious wine list award

G.W. Sundmans in Helsinki is the first restaurant in Finland to be awarded Wine Spectator magazine’s Best of Award of Excellence for its wine list. Wine Spectator’s awards are esteemed all over the world and have been referred to as the... Read more

Supercell games make it to the top grossing iPad games

The virtual games produced by Helsinki based Supercell have made it to the top 25 grossing iPad games in the USA, reports the Arctic Startup website. The two games on the App Store top charts are Hay Day, a farming simulator game similar to... Read more

Vacon announces solar centre and trawler order

Vacon, which makes devices used to control the speed of electrical motors, says it is opening a new Solar Competence Centre in Barcelona, Spain in September and aims to open similar centres in North America and Asia. The Vaasa-based company has... Read more

Mon, 20 Aug, 2012:

Cuycha takes its carbon neutralisation method to Australia and UK

Jyväskylä-based Cuycha Innovation, which has developed a method for neutralising carbon dioxide, has established new joint ventures in Australia and the UK. There are also plans to build a carbon neutralisation plant in Australia. According to... Read more

Fiskars grabs former global marketing director of H&M

Fiskars, the manufacturer of branded consumer goods, has grabbed the former global marketing director of H&M to run its operations in Sweden. The company is strengthening its sales by appointing Per Sjödell as a new country manager for Fiskars... Read more

VTT-led project mines plant and fish waste

A project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is attempting to use plant and fish waste for food and cosmetics production. Co-streams from the food industry are excellent sources of proteins and healthy oils but at the moment... Read more

Fri, 17 Aug, 2012:

Finnish company and medical giants join forces in HIV treatment

Tampere-based FIT Biotech was chosen to be part of the international CHAIT initiative, which focuses on treating HIV infection. FIT’s HIV immunotherapy, which is still under development, is part of a new treatment strategy being developed within... Read more

New generation oil recovery system developed by Finnish companies

The Finnish companies Etteplan and Lamor have joined forces to develop a new skimmer system which will improve emergency preparedness of oil recovery operations worldwide. The companies will jointly develop an innovative skimmer system to be... Read more

Finland rates high for life, work and play

In a series of international rankings, Finland and Helsinki have once again come out at or near the top. In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) annual study of the best city in the world to live in, Helsinki comes eighth. The EIU looks at... Read more

Thu, 16 Aug, 2012:

World’s first ‘pop-down’ restaurant to open in Tytyri Mine

The world’s first ‘pop-down’ restaurant will open in Lohja in September. The Tytyri mine will open to diners from 10 to 29 September 2012. Muru, named Finland’s Restaurant of the Year 2012, will be in charge of the kitchen. Muru Pops Down in... Read more

Nokia expected to launch Windows Phone 8 in September

The mobile manufacturer Nokia is expected to launch its smartphone powered by Windows Phone 8 software on September 5, report Helsingin Sanomat, PC Advisor, CNET, Techcrunch and other international sources. According to Helsingin Sanomat, the... Read more

Helsinki’s hottest startups get Wired

The latest edition of Wired magazine features what it considers to be Helsinki’s ten hottest startups in its cover story.  The magazine lists Ovelin, developer of the award-winning guitar learning game WildChords; Kiosked, which has reshaped web... Read more

Wed, 15 Aug, 2012:

Web of Trust and Mail.ru Group intensify co-operation

The Finnish-based Web of Trust (WOT), which provides ratings on the trustworthiness of websites, and Mail.ru Group, Russia’s leading internet company, are intensifying the co-operation they launched a year ago. The WOT add-on will be included in... Read more

Outotec gets 30 million Euros order from Mexico

Outotec is delivering a 30 million Euros project to Mexico. The company has signed a contract for a turn-key project with Mexicana de Cobre S.A. de C.V. for the modernization of La Caridad copper flash smelter which is located at Sonora, Mexico.... Read more

UPM invests in China

UPM is investing 390 million euros in infrastructure and a new paper machine at its Changshu mill in China. The move reflects UPM’s strategy to reshape its business portfolio and expand in profitable growth businesses in Asia. The new machine is... Read more

Tue, 14 Aug, 2012:

Planmeca receives major order from Saudi Arabia

The Finnish dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca Oy has received an order in excess of EUR 70 million from Saudi Arabia. Planmeca’s equipment solutions are destined for an extensive dental development project in the country. The delivery... Read more

Lemminkäinen buys Wisepro’s technology to enhance energy efficiencies

Lemminkäinen is acquiring has Wisepro control technology that utilises weather forecast information. Wisepro provides its customers unique weather forecast-based energy-saving systems. The transaction will be carried out by acquiring shares. The... Read more

Shopping centres in China choose Kone

Kone has won an order to supply 200 lifts, escalators and autowalks to two super regional shopping centres in China. Kone will deliver 69 eco-efficient elevators, 121 escalators and 10 autowalks to the shopping centres in Wuxi and Beijing, which... Read more

Mon, 13 Aug, 2012:

The Founder Institute giving Finnish start-ups a boost

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest early-state start-up accelerator, is arriving to Finland this fall. The Founder helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies. According to institute’s website, in three years... Read more

Finland adds Olympic medals

Finland took two more medals over the weekend at the London Olympics. Antti Ruuskanen won the bronze medal in the javelin competition with a throw of 84.12 metres.       The gold went to Trinidad's Keshorn Walcott with a throw of 84.58 and... Read more

Fri, 10 Aug, 2012:

Scoopinion recommends high-quality journalism

Helsinki-based Scoopinion has launched an online service which recommends articles and through which the company aspires to achieve its modest goal of saving journalism. The Scoopinion service makes it easier to find high-quality articles from... Read more

Metso acquires technology from American Jacobs

Metso's Mining and Construction is purchasing technology and know-how from Jacobs Engineering Group which is based in California, USA. Metso will acquire Jacobs straight grate iron ore pelletizing technology, and staff related to the technology... Read more

Alma Media buys online dating service

Alma Media has bought e-kontakti.fi, Finland's largest fee-based online dating service, from the Swedish company Intodate International. The purchase of the service for an undisclosed sum is designed to support Alma Media's strategy of growth,... Read more

Thu, 09 Aug, 2012:

Uplause works with Samsung at the Olympics

Technology giant Samsung is using games created by the Finnish crowd game developer Uplause as part of its marketing activities during the London Olympics. The games developed by Uplause let people throw the javelin and take penalty shots at a... Read more

World’s biggest Angry Birds theme park to Eastern Finland

The world’s biggest Angry Birds theme park will open in Vuokatti, Eastern Finland, in December. The 4,000 m2 indoor park will also be the biggest indoor activity park in Nordics. The year-round theme park run under the Angry Birds brand will... Read more

Wed, 08 Aug, 2012:

Finnish technology lands on Mars

Finnish technology is aboard the Mars science rover Curiosity which landed on the Red Planet on Monday morning after a nine-month journey. Among the sophisticated instruments aboard the 900-kilogram vessel is equipment designed by the Finnish... Read more

Marimekko stores to open in Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills

Marimekko, the Finnish design house, is continuing its rapid expansion, and is opening three company-owned stores in the United States this year.  The first of the new stores has opened in Boston, the second one will open in the Stanford... Read more

Tuuli Petäjä brings Finland its first London Olympics medal

Tuuli Petäjä brought Finland its first Olympic medal at the London Olympics by taking silver in the women’s RS-X windsurfing competition. In the final Olympics race Petäjä was fourth which was enough to keep the other contenders behind her in... Read more

Tue, 07 Aug, 2012:

Sunduka’s mobile app creates personalised phone calls

The Ringi mobile application, created by software company Sunduka, makes it possible to personalise phone calls with pictures and messages. The company calls the application the world’s first call-media platform.  The Ringi application was... Read more

Outotec delivers technology to a Canadian plant

Outotec will deliver technology to a new plant in Canada. The Finnish company has signed a deal with Orbite Aluminae for a project related to the Canadian company's new plant to process high purity alumina. Outotec will deliver to the plant... Read more

Transfluent launches mobile apps translation service

Helsinki-based startup Transfluent has launched a service for easy translation of mobile applications developed for Apple’s iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad, into multiple languages. The Transfluent API for Apps is the world’s first... Read more

Mon, 06 Aug, 2012:

Finnish girl paints award-winning picture

Saana Vehkavaara from Tampere, Finland, has achieved a joint fourth place win in the international painting competition organised annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bayer. This is no small feat as the painting... Read more

MetaWatch enters consumer smartwatch markets

MetaWatch is entering the consumer smartwatch market with its newest product line called STRATA. Launching on a crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter, STRATA connects with iPhone and Android smartphones via Bluetooth technology.  The watch is... Read more

Design brings record numbers to Helsinki

Tourists have been flocking to Helsinki to catch events associated with the World Design Capital Year. Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Lahti have seen a significant rise in the number of visitors and expect to meet their tourism growth target of... Read more

Fri, 03 Aug, 2012:

Metso to rebuild Hansol Paper’s coater in South Korea

Engineering and technology corporation Metso will rebuild a coater at Hansol Paper’s Changhang mill in South Korea. The coater is part of the coated woodfree paper production line. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The main target of... Read more

Aker Arctic designs China’s first icebreaker for polar expedition

Finland based Aker Arctic Technology will design China’s first icebreaker for polar expeditions. The contract has been signed by the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, the Polar Research Institute of China and Aker Arctic Technology.... Read more

Google expands data centre in Finland

Google is planning to invest 150 million euros to expand its data centre in Finland, citing rising demand for online access to video and data. The work to expand the facility is expected to last about 18 months. Today the centre employs about 90... Read more

Thu, 02 Aug, 2012:

The Punk Syndrome triumphs at Polish film festival

The documentary film Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome), directed by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi has received an award at Poland’s largest film festival. The film was awarded the main prize worth EUR 10 000 in the Films on Art category. Eleven... Read more

Study suggests life after starch in bioplastics

Researchers from Finland say replacements to starch as a base material for biodegradable packaging could be found in agricultural and forestry sidestreams such as cereal husks and pulp. In an article in Trends in Food Science & Technology, they... Read more

Finnish companies testing wave power technologies

Finnish companies are testing the viability of wave power during this summer in Atlantic Ocean of the coasts of Portugal and Scotland. Wello, the renewable technology developer, has successfully installed its Penguin wave energy converter to... Read more

Wed, 01 Aug, 2012:

Raute receives EUR 14 million order from Germany

Raute Corporation has received an order for equipment worth EUR 14 million from German company Pollmeier Furnierwerkstoffe. The equipment will be manufactured at Raute’s units in Nastola, Kajaani and Shanghai. Raute will supply Pollmeier’s LVL... Read more

Gaming company brings yoga retreat to Facebook

A Finland based game developer Gajatri Studios has unveiled details for its first Facebook game Yoga Retreat which is going to be launched on Facebook on the week starting 6th of August. According to venturebeat.com the game tasks you with... Read more

Startup hopes to slash data roaming costs

A startup, created by former Nokia employees, is working on a device to slash data roaming costs overseas. Oulu-based Uros says on its website that the device should be available by the end of the summer. According to media reports, the device... Read more