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Mon, 31 Dec, 2012:

Happy New Year!

Good News from Finland wishes its readers a happy and prosperous New Year. We will resume our normal news service on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Read more

Mon, 24 Dec, 2012:

Finnair opens a direct connection to Xi’an from Europe

The Finnish airline Finnair will be the first airline to offer a direct connection from Europe to Xi’an, China. The service to Xi’an from Helsinki with three frequencies per week will be available from June 2013 until the close of the summer... Read more

Supercell has top grossing iOS apps

Supercell’s Clash of Clans and Hay Day were the top two iOS games in revenue generation during November. That’s according to the App Annie index of global app sales which ranked the Finnish game developer in first place for monthly iOS revenues,... Read more

Happy Holidays!

The Good News from Finland website is taking a break until Wednesday, January 2, 2013. We wish all our readers a happy holiday and look forward to welcoming you back next year. Before leaving you, we would also ike to share some good news from... Read more

Fri, 21 Dec, 2012:

Finnish diagnostics company wins startup company competition

Abacus Diagnostica, a growth company based in Turku, Southwestern Finland, has won in the European Venture Contest’s (EVC) Life Science category. The product that Abacus entered for the competition is a system designed for hospital and health... Read more

Outotec concludes major deal in Namibia

Technology company Outotec will deliver gas cleaning, sulfuric acid and effluent treatment technologies to Namibia Custom Smelters. The total value of the contract is approximately EUR 130 million. The transaction includes effluent and gas... Read more

Arctech builds icebreaker for Russia

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has been awarded a contract to build a 16 MW icebreaker for the Russian Ministry of Transport. The contract has been awarded together with OJCS Vyborg Shipyard. The total value of the vessel is about 100 million euros... Read more

Canatu hopes to roll out keyboard

Imagine a full-sized keyboard for your smartphone which rolls up so small, you can stick it in your pocket. When you want to type, you can use it on virtually any surface. Thanks to flexible touch sensors developed by Finnish technology company... Read more

Thu, 20 Dec, 2012:

World’s first ice cross downhill centre to open in Finland

The World’s first ice cross downhill training centre will be launched at Serena Ski in Espoo in January 2013. The rapidly increasing popularity of the sport and Finland’s ice cross downhill team’s success have inspired the construction of the... Read more

Picosun launches new particle coating system

Picosun, the Finnish manufacturer of atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment has announced the launch of a new particle coating system. The Espoo-based company says the new design will further complement its ALD equipment range and make thin... Read more

Mendor partners Swedish diagnostics firm

Mendor, the Finnish diabetes technology company, says it has signed a distribution agreement with the Swedish affiliate of a major pharmaceutical company, A.Menarini Diagnostics. A. Menarini Diagnostics Sverige will continue the work Mendor... Read more

Wed, 19 Dec, 2012:

Rovaniemi – the number one Christmas destination

According to the American TV channel CNN , Rovaniemi is the number one Christmas destination. The news company listed the nine most Christmassy places on the planet in its article published on 12 December.  The article presents Rovaniemi, loca... Read more

Oulu University gets minipilot concentrator

The University of Oulu has taken a step closer to its aim of becoming the global leader in minerals processing technology research. The university has taken possession of what is claimed to be the first university-based minipilot concentrator.... Read more

Wärtsilä wins Mozambique power plant deal

Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has signed a 138 million euro contract to engineer, supply and install a major gas fuelled power plant to Mozambique. The company says it will be the biggest gas power plant ever installed in Mozambique and... Read more

Tue, 18 Dec, 2012:

Applifier raises funds for mobile expansion

Helsinki-based Applifier, which pioneered cross-promotion services on Facebook, has raised four million dollars in funding to expand into mobile video replays with its Everyplay network. The round was led by Lifeline Ventures, including... Read more

Stonesoft to develop Algerian cybercrime awareness

The Finnish network security company Stonesoft and the Algerian Ministry of Post and Information & Communication Technologies (MPTIC) have concluded a co-operation agreement aimed at increasing awareness of cybercrime and providing academic... Read more

Elematic delivers precast concrete plant to Iraq

Precast concrete technology supplier Elematic says it is delivering the world's highest-capacity precast plant to Iraq in a deal worth nearly 40 million euros. The plant will produce precast products for 7500 housing square meters per day. The... Read more

Mon, 17 Dec, 2012:

Floating playgrounds set to take to the water

Marinetek is launching a range of floating playgrounds. The parks will be implemented in co-operation with playground equipment manufacturer Lappset Group. Lappset will supply the equipment for the playgrounds, which will be constructed on top... Read more

Nordic TeleCom raises 1.3 million dollars

Nordic TeleCom, a Finnish unified cloud communication provider, says it has received 1.3 million dollars in Series A funding from Open Ocean Capital, a leading investor in European technology startups. Founded in 2009, Nordic TeleCom provides... Read more

Kone has lift-off at Oslo Airport

Finnish elevator and escalator company Kone has won an order to deliver 45 eco-efficient elevators for the terminal expansion project at Oslo Airport in Norway.   — We are happy to contribute to the smooth operation of Oslo Airport, says Ari... Read more

Fri, 14 Dec, 2012:

South Savo – Nordic pioneer in bio-energy expertise

South Savo served as a Nordic case study for research into actions that support green growth and innovation.  The research is part of a Nordic Council of Ministers project that aims to generate information and tools for decision-makers in... Read more

Fiskars acquires Danish porcelain company

On Wednesday, 12 December, Fiskars signed an agreement to acquire the Danish porcelain company Royal Copenhagen. The value of the transaction is some EUR 66 million.  Royal Copenhagen is well known for its traditional hand-painted dinner service... Read more

Boomlagoon’s debut game released

Finnish startup Boomlagoon, founded by former Angry Birds developers, has released its first game. Noble Nutlings is available now for free on the iPad and iPhone in Canada, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and Finland. In Noble Nutlings,... Read more

Finland shares top spot as least corrupt country

Finland has tied for first place in Transparency International's 2012 index of the least corrupt countries. It’s a return to the top of the list for Finland which shares the spot with Denmark and New Zealand. All three countries scored 90 out of... Read more

Thu, 13 Dec, 2012:

Angry Birds movie announced for 2016

Angry Birds are set to soar onto the big screen after Rovio Entertainment announced on the game’s third anniversary that it is launching a 3D feature film in the summer of 2016. The Finnish company has signed up John Cohen , producer of the... Read more

Biolan sends 100 dry toilets to Cuba

This Wednesday, 12th of December, a shipment of Biolan composting toilets will head off to the village of Juragua in Cuba. The shipment of 100 toilets departing from the Rauma harbour in Southwest Finland will reach its destination in February.... Read more

Metso signs deal with Russian Copper Company

Finnish engineering and technology company Metso and ZAO Russian Copper Company (RMK) have signed a deal to supply crushing, screening and grinding equipment to the first plant of the new Tominsky GOK copper concentrator in the Chelyabinskya... Read more

Wed, 12 Dec, 2012:

Huawei invests into R&D in Finland

Chinese telecoms multinational Huawei Technologies has announced that it will invest 70 million euros over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) centre in Helsinki. The Finnish R&D center will be a key driver in... Read more

Supercell named best startup company in the Nordics

Supercell, famous for its games Hay Day and Clash of Clans, has been chosen as the best startup company in the Nordic Countries in the Nordic Startup Awards competition. — Finland has recently produced some really top-notch startups, and the... Read more

Lahti Symphony Orchestra visits China

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra is touring China and playing its first concert on December 12 at the new Wuxi Grand Theatre opera house, designed by Finnish architectural design firm PES-Architects. A programme of activities in connection with the... Read more

Tue, 11 Dec, 2012:

Laura Birn nominated for Best Actress Award in US

Actress Laura Birn has been nominated for a Satellite Award for her role in Antti Jokinen’s film Purge. Birn plays Aliide Truu in the film. Such international recognition is rare for a Finnish film. Birn was nominated in the category of Best... Read more

Wärtsilä wins order for LNG ferry

Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä says the first North American ferry to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) will use its propulsion system. The boat, ordered by Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), will be used on routes crossing... Read more

Beneq acquires EL business from Planar

Beneq, the Finnish supplier of thin film coating equipment, has acquired the Finnish-based electroluminescence (EL) business of Planar Systems, a digital display technology company based in the United States The name of the new business unit,... Read more

Mon, 10 Dec, 2012:

Kesko launches its first food store in St. Petersburg

Kesko has opened its first food store in St. Petersburg, Russia. Its goal is to open four large food stores within the St. Petersburg area by the end of 2013 and then to continue its expansion in the Moscow region.  Kesko aims to achieve EUR 500... Read more

Kone acquires San Franciscos’s Ascent Elevator

Finnish elevator and escalator company Kone has acquired the San Francisco-based business of Ascent Elevator Services. Ascent is an independent elevator company with a significant share of the service market in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has... Read more

Metso strengthens presence in China

Metso is strengthening its presence in the fast growing Chinese construction market. It has established a joint venture with LiuGong Group Corp. Ltd based in Liuzhou, the largest wheel loader manufacturer in the world. It has also acquired 75... Read more

Fri, 07 Dec, 2012:

New method facilitates early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be facilitated through the PredictAD software tool, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and based on the patient’s measured data combined with large databases. VTT has proven that,... Read more

Finnish Ani Labsystems gets an Indian owner

Trivitron Healthcare, based in India, has bought Finnish Ani Labsystems and Ani Biotech in a transaction worth of 15.8 million Euros. According to Trivitron, the deal is the first foreign acquisition for an Indian medical technology company. Ani... Read more

Kiosked and Relaxbirth named Red Herring Global Winners

Finland’s Kiosked and Relaxbirth have been selected to the 2012 Red Herring Top 100 Global Winners list. The award honours the year’s most innovative and far reaching private technology companies and entrepreneurs around the globe. The... Read more

Thu, 06 Dec, 2012:

Finland celebrates independence today

Today, the 6th of December, marks Finnish Independence Day. The anniversary is being celebrated today for the 95th time since the declaration of independence from Russia was made public on this date in 1917. The public holiday is traditionally... Read more

Nokia announces Lumia deal in China

Nokia is launching a version of its flagship Lumia 920 smartphone in partnership with China Mobile, the world’s largest operator. China Mobile, which has more than 700 million subscribers but no contract to sell iPhones, has a greed to carry the... Read more

VTT awarded for bio-oil development work

VTT has won the European Innovation Prize for its development of a bio-oil production method. The prize was awarded by the non-profit organisation the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO) on 4 December in... Read more

Konecranes gets further orders from Abu Dhabi

Konecranes, the world wide group of lifting businesses, has received a further order for its cranes from Abu Dhabi. The company has received an order of 12 cranes to the new Khalifa Port where it has already delivered 30 automated stacking... Read more

Wed, 05 Dec, 2012:

Helsinki gets green with electric and hybrid busses

Helsinki is planning to get green by introducing approximately 100 new all-electric buses and 350 hybrids to Helsinki region by 2018, if the tests of busses prove successful, writes Finnish business daily Kauppalehti. Helsinki City Transport... Read more

Finland scores high in World Justice Project

When it comes to the rule of law, Finland is one of the top countries in the world. The annual survey of 97 countries conducted by the Washington-based World Justice Project (WJP) ranks Finland fourth. The index, which measures corruption,... Read more

Tue, 04 Dec, 2012:

Breakthrough for cleantech company in Italy

There Corporation is a Finnish company that offers home energy management systems. The company has gained a foothold in the Italian market with the signing of a distribution agreement with the country’s largest energy company, Enel Green Power.... Read more

Finland’s railway system the sixth most efficient in Europe

Finland’s railway system is the sixth most efficient in Europe, the Boston Consulting Group’s European Railway Performance Index (RPI) 2012 reveals. According to the index, Finland leads tier two countries followed by Britain, the Netherlands... Read more

Faron secures EC grant

Turku-based Faron Pharmaceuticals says the European Commission has granted six million euros for its Traumakine programme designed to develop a treatment for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Faron knew about the positive evaluation of... Read more

Mon, 03 Dec, 2012:

Pasi Sahlberg wins education award in the US

Pasi Sahlberg has been granted the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education for his book that unlocks the secrets of the Finnish school system and its success. Pasi Sahlberg’s book Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn... Read more

Safe web surfing tool WOT downloaded by 50 million users

Web of Trust (WOT), the community-powered safe surfing add-on, has been downloaded by 50 million users this year. During 2012, the number of its users has doubled. The company has just raised one million Euros new investment from Inventure, a... Read more

Mongolia opts for Gemalto ID card

Digital security specialist Gemalto has announced that the Mongolian Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs has selected its Sealys secure multi-service electronic ID cards for its national identity programme. The programme will also pave the way... Read more

Fri, 30 Nov, 2012:

Finnair to launch non-stop route to Hanoi

Finnair will offer direct flights to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi beginning in summer 2013. The new route will continue the airline’s strategic investments in its traffic between Asia and Europe. Finnair is the only European airline that offers a... Read more

FourChords guitar karaoke goes global

Finnish mobile development company Musopia has launched its "ultimate guitar karaoke" application, FourChords, globally. The application will be launched in 20 countries including USA,  Britain, China and Japan. The free iPhone and iPad... Read more

Finland powers ahead with biorefinery plans

Finland is forging ahead with biorefinery development. The Academy of Finland reckons that the country has the potential to become a world leader in this field. Three consortiums - Stora Enso/Neste Oil, UPM and Metsäliitto/Vapo - have plans to... Read more

Thu, 29 Nov, 2012:

Nokia launches a dedicated Facebook button on its new phone

Nokia, the mobile phone manufacturer and Facebook, the social networking site, have extended their collaboration. Nokia has announced that the users of its new Nokia Asha 205 phone will have a built-in, one click Facebook button on the phone... Read more

Phone bill app launches in United States

Finnish startup Alekstra has launched its Ratemizer iPhone app in the United States which helps customers shrink their phone bills by picking the best data and calling plan based on recent usage.   Alekstra says an analysis of 2,000 Finnish... Read more

Wed, 28 Nov, 2012:

Neighbours share surplus food in Helsinki

A globally unique experiment is being launched at a housing company located in Roihuvuori, Helsinki, to find out whether it is possible to reduce the amount of household food waste by sharing any excess food with neighbours.  In the housing... Read more

Angry Birds soda expanding to Australia and New Zealand

Angry Birds Soda is expanding to new markets outside Finland, claims the website The Next Web . The drink has also outperformed Coke and Pepsi in Finnish markets and is biggest soft drink brand in Finland, claims Rovio’s Chief of Marketing,... Read more

Finland’s education system comes out top

Finland’s education system has been ranked best in the world, according to a global league table published by education firm Pearson. The study, carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit combines international test results and data such as... Read more

Tue, 27 Nov, 2012:

Finnish Professor awarded EUR 2.75 million grant

Karri Muinonen, a Professor at the University of Helsinki, has been awarded a EUR 2.75 million grant by the European Research Council, ERC, for research on electromagnetic scattering. This is the largest ERC Advanced Grant ever awarded to the... Read more

Online banking group Holvi planning expansion to Europe

Holvi, the Finnish financial services start-up, is planning to expand its operations to Europe next year. The company, which offers online funding especially to groups such as sports organisations and political campaigns, is already up and... Read more

Metso supplies biomass power plant to Sweden

Finnish engineering and technology company Metso has announced it will supply Värnamo Energi AB with a biomass power plant for combined heat and power production in Värnamo in Sweden. The start-up of the plant is scheduled for autumn 2014. The... Read more

Mon, 26 Nov, 2012:

Finnish invention reduces plastic packaging emissions

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a method in which the oil used to produce plastic packaging is replaced with renewable raw materials. A reduction of up to 70 per cent can be achieved in the carbon emissions levels for... Read more

Transfluent will translate WordPress content with a single click

Transfluent, the Finnish language translation service company, has partnered with Automatic, the company behind the popular Web publishing platform WordPress.com VIP and Unity, the world's most popular game development platform. The partnership... Read more

Finnair checks in customers automatically

Finnair says that from November 28 it will check in customers automatically and send boarding passes to their mobile phones. The check-in confirmation includes the seat number and a link to a mobile boarding pass.   The automatic check-in... Read more

Fri, 23 Nov, 2012:

Metso wins EUR 100 million order from Indonesia

Metso will supply two power boilers to T Cikarang Listrindo, located in Babelan outside of Jakarta in Indonesia. The order is valued at around EUR 100 million. The delivery will also include a Metso DNA control system. Following the investment,... Read more

Software companies lead the growth in Finland’s technology sector

The Finnish software company Dream Broker has won the title of fastest growing technology company in Finland in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 competition. The company has grown by 2,712 percent between 2007 and 2011. The other software... Read more

Picosun introduces new ALD technology

Picosun, the atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment manufacturer, is expanding its product range by introducing a new roll-to-roll ALD coating system. There is a growing demand for continuous ALD processing thanks to fields such as flexible,... Read more

Thu, 22 Nov, 2012:

Jolla launches new Sailfish operating system

The Finnish mobile company Jolla unveiled its new Sailfish operating system today on 21 November in Helsinki. The company’s CEO, Marc Dillon, and his team introduced the new operating system at the international Slush startup conference in... Read more

Major games industry hub has emerged in Tampere

Tampere’s games industry hub is second in size only to the Helsinki metropolitan area’s. Growth has been rapid; the number of new games industry companies established in the last three years alone amounts to 20, and the number of new jobs... Read more

Outotec delivers a biomass power plant close to Istanbul

Outotec, a worldwide technology company, is delivering a 90 MW biomass power plant for Eren Holding at Corlu, located close to Istanbul in Turkey. The value of the order is approximately 55 million Euros, and its building is subject to... Read more

DocMorris chooses HappyOrNot 

Pharmacy chain DocMorris has rolled out HappyOrNot’s customer satisfaction monitoring service at all its locations in Sweden. DocMorris, which is part of Germany’s Celesio Group, has 76 pharmacies stretching across Sweden, from Trelleborg on the... Read more

Wed, 21 Nov, 2012:

Alma Media becomes a leading job portal in Eastern Europe

Alma Media, the Finnish media corporation, has become a leading job portal company in Eastern Europe. The company has acquired full ownership of the leading online recruitment assets in the Slovakian and Croatian markets, and minority stakes of... Read more

Researchers make cheaper and safer batteries

Researchers at Aalto University say they have developed a method for producing lithium batteries which is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than previously used methods. The new process replaces the harmful methylpyrrolidone (NMP)... Read more

Tue, 20 Nov, 2012:

Restaurant Day – a worldwide feast

Gourmets once again hit the streets for the ever-popular Restaurant Day on Saturday 17 November. On Restaurant Day anybody can set up a restaurant for a day and this time around, nearly 700 restaurateurs signed up to take part. The event has its... Read more

Raisio expands its confectionery stable with Candy Plus

Raisio, the Finnish food company, has expanded its confectionery stable by acquiring Czech company Candy Plus. According to Raisio, the 20.5 million Euro deal "complements" its UK confectionery operations and expands its global footprint. Candy... Read more

Vacon opens Kazakhstan office

Finnish AC drives manufacturer Vacon has opened a new office in Almaty, in the southern part of Kazakhstan. The new office is responsible for Vacon's business operations and service in Central Asia, including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,... Read more

Mon, 19 Nov, 2012:

Tampere gives growth companies a EUR 60 million boost

A novel project for financing companies in the startup, growth and internationalisation stages has been launched in Tampere, Finland. The objective of the Startup Tampere project is to establish a EUR 60 million fund, which will be used to... Read more

Forbes ranks Finland among top ten countries for business

Forbes, the American business magazine, has ranked Finland as number 9 in its annual ranking of “Best Countries for Business”. The top country in this year’s rankings is New Zealand followed by Denmark, Hong Kong and Singapore. Forbes determines... Read more

Pöyry supervises Lao PDR hydropower plant

Finnish consulting and engineering company Pöyry has won a contract to supervise the construction of the Xayaburi hydropower project in Lao PDR. The energy production of the plant is sufficient to provide electricity to nearly a million people... Read more

Fri, 16 Nov, 2012:

The Switch and Eniram win in international cleantech competition

Finnish companies were showered with awards at the Global Cleantech Cluster Association’s Later Stage Award competition held in the United States. The Switch came first in the Wind Energy category, while Eniram won in Transportation. Finland... Read more

UPM and Metsä Board get WWF environmental paper awards

Finnish paper producers UPM and Metsä Board have been awarded WWF environmental paper awards 2012. The awards were given to seven global paper producers and 46 paper brands. Both UPM and Metsä Board were awarded for transparency, and UPM was... Read more

Ruukki steels for Swedish contracts

Finnish steelmaker Rautaruukki has signed contracts to design, manufacture and instal steel frames and load-bearing roof structures for the Bauhaus store near Stockholm and for Ikano's shopping centre in Uddevalla, Sweden. The contracts are... Read more

Thu, 15 Nov, 2012:

We are proud to present the new Good News mascot!

In October, Good News from Finland organised a mascot design competition that was open to all. Our editorial staff received 14 mascot designs, each one more fabulous than the last. Animal designs were popular, ranging from lions to elks. Our... Read more

Finnish film and TV productions pitched to Hollywood bigwigs

The export organisation FAVEX (Finnish Film & Audiovisual Export) has been actively marketing Finnish film and television production in the United States by participating in film industry events in Hollywood. Potential buyers, financiers and... Read more

Metso to supply new tissue lines to China

Metso has received a repeat order for four complete tissue production lines for HengAn Group in China. Two of the lines will be located at Shandong HengAn Paper in Shandong Province, and two at HengAn Wuhu Paper Co in Anhui Province. The value... Read more

Ixonos wins Asian contract

Mobile solutions provider Ixonos says it has won a multi-million euro contract with an operator in Asia. The contract covers full-blown multi-platform user experience implementation for televisions and computers as well as mobile devices such as... Read more

Wed, 14 Nov, 2012:

Nine Finnish firms listed as Red Herring Top 100 finalists

Nine Finnish companies have been chosen as finalists in the esteemed Red Herring Top 100 Global competition. At the end of November, 100 of the worl d’s most promising technology companies will be chosen from among the finalists. Among this... Read more

Konecranes delivers cranes to USA’s number one port

Konecranes is delivering cranes to the Port of Houston which is the number of port in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage. The harbor handles nearly 230 million tons of cargo a year. ― The cranes are equipped with a variable-speed... Read more

Mobile monitoring helps arthritis sufferers

Researchers at Lappeenranta Central Hospital say that using mobile phone monitoring for people with rheumatoid arthritis increases the likelihood that people with the disease will follow treatment. Close monitoring of the disease plays a crucial... Read more

Tue, 13 Nov, 2012:

Finland leads industrial nations in R&D investments

Despite the poor economic outlook, Finland is making substantial investments in science and research. The R&D expenditure of Finnish companies, universities and the public sector totalled more than EUR 7 billion last year. After Israel, that is... Read more

Eltete TPM delivers pallet technology to Japan

Eltete TPM Engineering, the machine-building division of Eltete TPM Group, has announced the delivery of PaperRoll-to-PaperPallet and automatic paper pallet assembly (APPA) technology to Nagoya in Japan. The capacity of the factory will be about... Read more

Finnish Citec gets a substantial order from Swiss HZI

Citec, the Finnish company specialised in energy planning and consulting, has received a substantial order from the Swiss company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI). Citec will provide piping detail engineering for a new waste to energy plant in West... Read more

Mon, 12 Nov, 2012:

UPM’s label business expands in China

UPM’s label business UPM Raflatac is expanding its operations in China. The company is investing in new hotmelt adhesive mixing and coating technology as well as in research and development at its self-adhesive labelstock factory in Changshu,... Read more

Finnish food production – leading the way in climate awareness

MTT Agrifood Research Finland has presented Finnish food production companies with a recommendation that harmonises the calculation of the climate impact of their products, i.e. their carbon footprint.  According to MTT, the project is unique on... Read more

Outotec plans to build sewage plant in Switzerland

Outotec has signed a contract with the City of Zürich to design and deliver the largest and most advanced sewage sludge thermal treatment plant in Switzerland. The Finnish minerals and metals processing company, based in Espoo, says the value of... Read more

Fri, 09 Nov, 2012:

Nothing succeeds like failure

An initiative, conceived in Finland two years ago, to change our attitudes to failure has proved so successful that it is generating global interest. Organisers of the Day for Failure say they are taking phone calls from as far afield as Serbia,... Read more

Finnish cleantech know-how showcased in China — Oilon awarded

The Finnish company Oilon and the Chinese Beijing District Heating Company were the winners of the CleanDesign Awards in Shanghai on 2 November.  The award, granted by Lahti Science and Business Park, recognises successful combinations of design... Read more

STX Finland gets a second cruise ship order from Germany

STX Turku shipyard has received its second order from the Germany based TUI Cruises. The shipyard will build a cruise ship which is 294 meters long and approximately 36 meters wide. The production of ship starts in summer 2013, the new cruise... Read more

Kone clinches Suzhou deal

Finnish elevator and escalator company Kone has won a major order to supply the Suzhou Modern Media Plaza, a landmark project in the city located west of Shanghai. Forty-five Kone lifts and 24 escalators have been ordered for the high-rise... Read more

Thu, 08 Nov, 2012:

Hotel Kämp ranks among the best in Europe

Readers of the acclaimed travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler have chosen Hotel Kämp as the second best hotel in Northern Europe. In the magazine’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, Northern Europe consisted of Finland, Germany, the Netherlands,... Read more

Grey Area, Ovelin and PS2 Media Group big winners in the WSA-mobile awards

Three Finnish companies have won prestigious awards in the World Summit Award-mobile 2012 competition making Finland one of the most successful nations in this year’s contest. Finland, China and Germany had each three winning mobile projects in... Read more

Wärtsilä books major Middle East contract

Wärtsilä has won one of its largest ever orders from the Middle East. The Finnish engineering company will supply the engines and complete propulsion systems for two newbuild vessel projects. The order consists of 28 engines for 14 vessels being... Read more

Wed, 07 Nov, 2012:

China-Finland Nano Innovation Center opened in Suzhou

The China-Finland Nano Innovation Center was opened in Suzhou, China, on Friday, 2 November. The centre’s goal is to promote co-operation between Finnish and Chinese companies and universities in the development, application and... Read more

Dream Broker expands in Sweden

Dream Broker, a Finnish software company producing online video solutions, is opening a subsidiary in Sweden. — As the key market in the Nordics, Sweden has always been a natural step for us in our internationalisation process, says Mika Ahokas,... Read more

Tue, 06 Nov, 2012:

Traditional Finnish delicacy wins design award

The Hämeenlinna-based traditional prepared food product Patakukkonen won bronze in the food packaging category of the Pentawards international packaging design competition. This marks the second significant international design award for... Read more

Finland scores high in a wealth and wellbeing index

Finland has been ranked among top ten countries in the Legatum Prosperity Index 2012 which measures wealth and wellbeing in different countries. In this year’s index Norway was ranked as a number one, Denmark number two and Sweden number three.... Read more

Russian icebreakers choose Wärtsilä 

Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä, has won the contract to supply integrated power and automation systems for two new icebreakers being built for a Russian state-owned enterprise by Vyborg Shipyard JSC. The vessels, scheduled to be delivered... Read more

Mon, 05 Nov, 2012:

Marimekko plans even further expansion in Australia

Marimekko, the Finnish design house, is continuing its expansion in the Pacific region. The company has opened its first company-owned stores in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. The company’s long-term aim in Australia is to expand... Read more

Beneq sets up subsidiary in Russia

Beneq, the Finnish provider of thin film coating equipment for research and industry, has announced plans to establish operations in Russia and the CIS. The opening of a subsidiary follows the investment of 25 million euros in Beneq by Russia's... Read more

Fri, 02 Nov, 2012:

Software Point signs a contract worth millions

Espoo-based Software Point is set to deliver a laboratory information system for hospitals in the Oslo Region in Norway. This is the most comprehensive delivery of an information system for hospital laboratories ever to be implemented in the... Read more

AppCampus programme attracts 1200 proposals

AppCampus, the programme established by Aalto University, Nokia and Microsoft to create 700 new Windows applications in three years, has attracted 1,200 submissions from 70 countries since it started six months ago. Speaking to Good News from... Read more

Neste Oil opens a pilot plant which makes microbial oil from straws

Neste Oil, the Finnish refining and marketing company, has opened the first pilot plant for producing microbial oil from waste and residues in Europe. The plant, which produces microbial oil from industrial and agricultural residues such as... Read more

Thu, 01 Nov, 2012:

Iittala opens an international web store

Iittala, the Finnish design brand for products of living, dining and decorating, has opened an international web store. According to Fiskars, which owns the brand, the buyers from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, and Great... Read more

Finns develop first full waveform hyperspectral laser scanner

The Finnish Geodetic Institute has developed the world’s first hyperspectral laser scanner that provides 3D colour data. The Finnish magazine Tekniikka & Talous was the first to report the news. According to the magazine, the Finnish Geodetic... Read more

Orion plans new packaging and logistics centre

Finnish pharmaceutical company Orion is planning to establish a new packaging and logistics centre in Salo using former Nokia premises. Orion says that due to increased production volumes, it is planning to centralise some of the packaging and... Read more

Wed, 31 Oct, 2012:

Brand Finland is ninth in the world

Finland placed ninth this year in FutureBrand’s international Country Brand Index. The country did especially well in the Environmental Friendliness category, placing second. Finnish nature was considered to be the third most beautiful in the... Read more

Swedish capital Stockholm goes with Tieto

Tieto, the  leading IT service company in Northern Europe, has won an IT operation and administration contract from Swedish capital Stockholm. Tieto will provide operation and administration of the city’s central business systems and service... Read more

Finnair and Marimekko launch design collaboration

Finnair and Finnish design house Marimekko have announced a new design partnership. From spring 2013 all Finnair aircraft will feature a Marimekko for Finnair collection of textiles and tableware, featuring Marimekko’s classic patterns. Two of... Read more

Tue, 30 Oct, 2012:

Nokia teams up with Verizon Wireless in the US

Nokia is teaming up with the largest wireless carrier Verizon Wireless in the US to get a vital footing in the marketplace. According to a Nokia press release, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer will provide Verizon Wireless with an exclusive... Read more

Investing in design makes financial sense

A team in Finland is developing a tool to help companies measure and predict the financial impact of design. The Design ROI research project is working on both a model and indicators to measure the benefits of design investments. The project has... Read more

Mon, 29 Oct, 2012:

Vaisala is catching up with Kone in reputation rankings

Kone, Vaisala and Ponsse are ranked most reputable companies in Finland by study conducted by Pohjoisranta Burson-Marsteller and Arvopaperi magazine. According to the study, Vaisala “in particular has improved its reputation convincingly over... Read more

Finnish invention gives a voice to those who can’t talk

Patients will soon be able to get their voice back with the help of a new voice prosthesis. The results of a research project led by Professor Samuli Siltanen from the University of Helsinki enable more varied voice production with the use of... Read more

Arctia sells icebreaker to Estonia

Arctia Shipping has sold its multipurpose icebreaker Botnica to Estonia for 50 million euros. The vessel will be transferred to its new owner, the Port of Tallinn, at the end of November. Completed in 1998, the Botnica is the newest of Arctia’s... Read more

Fri, 26 Oct, 2012:

VTT surveys weather hazards for the European transport system

A research group led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has estimated the risks of extreme weather on traffic in all 27 EU countries. This is the first survey globally to assess the risks caused by weather events to traffic at country... Read more

Nokia among the greenest companies in the world

Nokia, the Finnish mobile company, has been named one of the greenest companies in the world in Newsweek’s Green Rankings 2012.  Nokia has climbed seven places from last year, and is ranked as a number 14 by its environmental credentials.... Read more

Finnish design gets radical in Shanghai

Shanghai is celebrating Finnish design over the next ten days with a series of events including exhibitions, seminars, workshops and discussions.  Radical Design Week 2012 (RDW2012), which runs from October 26 to November 4, brings Finnish... Read more

Thu, 25 Oct, 2012:

Music Kickup expands to Singapore and New York

Music Kickup, a cloud-based record label from Helsinki, will open up branch offices in Singapore and New York next year. Music Kickup is a community platform for artists, offering tools for making music, among other things. The service also... Read more

Finnish researchers came up with a phone that allows you to cuddle

A group from Nokia Research and the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) has developed a prototype of a squeezable mobile phone. According to the website Discovery.com, the two parties have created a smartphone prototype dubbed... Read more

Gender gap narrows even more

Finland has moved back up to second place in an annual report by the World Economic Forum which looks at how well resources and opportunities are divided among men and women. The Global Gender Gap Report by the Geneva-based WEF ranks countries... Read more

Wed, 24 Oct, 2012:

Skiing season kicks off in Ruka

The downhill skiing season has started in north of Finland. The first lift was started up yesterday at Ruka in Kuusamo, and other skiing resorts are expected to open their slopes according to schedule. Ruka will increase the number of pistes... Read more

Konecranes gets a landmark order to Texas

Konecranes, the world’s leading group for lifting businesses, has received one of its largest orders in the US. Konecranes will supply all of the cranes for Tianjin Pipe Corporatio’s (TPCO) new seamless steel pipe manufacturing facility near... Read more

Startups get helping hand

Finnish startups are benefiting from a range of new opportunities. Tecnotree, a provider of IT solutions for telecom operators, has launched a coworking campus for technology startups next to its headquarters in Espoo. Teams of three are given... Read more

Tue, 23 Oct, 2012:

IMO type approval for Auramarine’s ballast water treatment system

Auramarine, a Finnish company based in Turku, southwest Finland, has received an IMO type approval and the first order for its ballast water treatment (BWT) system CrystalBallast. BWT systems prevent the transportation of any harmful plants or... Read more

Record levels of Russians shopping in Finland

Record levels of Russian visitors are shopping in Finland. A study conducted by a research organisation TAK for the Federation of Finnish Commerce (Kaupan Liitto) found that tax-free purchases by Russian tourists increased by 26 percent from... Read more

Researchers discover new blood vessel generating cells

Researchers from the University of Helsinki believe they have found stem cells which play a crucial role in the new growth of blood vessels. They say that these cells, found in blood vessel walls, will offer new opportunities to treat... Read more

Mon, 22 Oct, 2012:

Grafetee app lets you to contact police with few clicks

A new smartphone application by Finnish company Grafetee lets you to contact police just with a few clicks. The company has launched its location-based tagging application for Apple and Google Android devices globally. So far, the police reports... Read more

Pihla Viitala – a Hollywood star in the making

Finnish actor Pihla Viitala plays a central character in the upcoming American television series L.A. Noir, reports the website Deadline Hollywood.  Viitala plays Anya, a bartender at Bunny’s, in Frank Darabont’s new series. Darabont is known as... Read more

Metso wins orders in Saudi Arabia and Sweden

Metso has announced it is rebuilding a board machine for Obeikan Paper Industries in Saudi Arabia and delivering a biofuel-fired boiler to Jönköping Energi in Sweden. The value of both orders has not been disclosed. Metso will rebuild the PM 1... Read more

Fri, 19 Oct, 2012:

Finnish companies ranked on top in the Nordic climate index

Finnish companies have been ranked highly in the top Nordic climate index. The Nordic Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, which assesses the disclosure of climate change information, included 13 Finnish companies. The index comprises 26... Read more

Biohit’s cancer invention granted US patent

The BioFood method, developed by Biohit, has been granted a patent in the United States. The method aims at reducing the amount of acetaldehyde exposure through food intake, which is the single most significant factor in the development of... Read more

Outotec plans industry firsts with loan

Outotec has ambitious research plans following the grant of a 45 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank. The money will be invested between now and 2015 in projects designed to help the company retain its position as a leading... Read more

Thu, 18 Oct, 2012:

New technology reduces harmful sulphur emissions from ships

Collaboration between Wärtsilä and Metso Power is developing a new technology for the cleaning of harmful sulphur emissions from ships. A sulphur emissions directive recently approved by the European Parliament considerably restricts the volume... Read more

Fazer hits all-time sales record with Angry Birds sweets

The Finnish confectionery and catering company Fazer has hit an all-time sales record with its Angry Birds sweets. According to company, it has sold five million bags of Angry Birds sweets globally since the product was launched in June this... Read more

Komas and Ruukki merge engineering units

Capman-backed Komas and Rautaruukki Corporation (Ruukki) are merging engineering units to create a new company called Fortaco. Fortaco, created through an asset deal, will be Europe's largest system and component manufacturer for the mechanical... Read more

Wed, 17 Oct, 2012:

Vehicle telematics company receives environmental award

Helpten, a Finnish growth company providing driving data services, has been awarded the Telematik Award. Helpten was granted the first prize in the ECO telematics category for its environmentally friendly driving behaviour analyses, which can be... Read more

TM Systems doubles production capacity in China

Finnish industrial energy efficiency company TM Systems has established a new factory in Kunshan, China, doubling its production capacity in the country. TM Systems specialises in delivering tailored industrial air systems, which can... Read more

Two Finnish companies agree on delivery of a breast cancer related drug

Two Finland based companies, Ark Therapeutics and Laurantis Pharma, have signed an agreement on manufacturing and supplying a breast cancer related drug Lymfactin. Lymfactin is an investigational treatment for breast cancer associated... Read more

Tue, 16 Oct, 2012:

Finland aims to be a model of Arctic expertise

The Finnish Government aims to develop Finland into a model of Arctic expertise and utilise the country’s knowledge of Arctic conditions. The Government evening session met last week to discuss its policies and strategies concerning the Arctic... Read more

The distribution rights of Vares detective films sold to USA

The distribution rights of the Finnish detective films Vares have been sold to North-America, South-America and Europe. According to Markkinointi & Mainonta, the production company Solar Films  sold distribution rights to the USA, Canada,... Read more

Basware buys Certipost’s e-invoicing network

Finnish purchase-to-pay and e-invoicing company Basware has bought parts of the Certipost business of Belgium’s bpost for 18.2 million euros. By acquiring the network and e-Invoicing business of Certipost, Basware will become the market leader... Read more

Mon, 15 Oct, 2012:

Wärtsilä announces Jordan tri-fuel power deal

A Wärtsilä-led consortium has won the contract to build the world’s largest tri-fuel power plant in Jordan. The new 573 megawatt facility will be capable of using gas, heavy fuel oil and light fuel oil. The overall contract is valued at 552... Read more

Prestigious award for paper machine technology developer

The Marcus Wallenberg Prize, worth SEK 2 million, has been awarded to Mika Viljanmaa for his ground-breaking development work in paper machine technology. Sweden’s King, His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, presented Viljanmaa with the prize in a... Read more

Finnish BetterDoctor goes nationwide in the USA

The Finnish startup BetterDoctor, located in San Francisco, has launched its doctor-search site nationwide in the USA. BetterDoctor is a web and mobile service where consumers seeking doctors can find lists of professionals filtered by location,... Read more

Fri, 12 Oct, 2012:

Finnish television on show in Cannes

MIPCOM, the largest international television and entertainment business sales event, is taking place this week, with more Finnish TV production companies taking part than ever before. 15 companies are showcasing Finnish television expertise in... Read more

Pöyry improving railway capacity on Swiss-German border

Pöyry, the global consulting and engineering firm, has been engaged in a project which will improve railway capacity on Swiss-German border. Pöyry's Urban business group-led consortium is managing and supervising refurbishment of the German -... Read more

Finland ranks highly on economic freedom

Rising two places from last year, Finland is ranked ninth in the world and second in Europe in the 2012 Economic Freedom of the World report. The report, which is jointly published by the Fraser Institute and the Libera Foundation, finds Finland... Read more

Thu, 11 Oct, 2012:

Multiple Finnish companies in a top global sustainability index

Nineteen Finnish companies have been listed in a top global sustainability index.  The companies have been included in to STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index which consists of companies which are seen as the global leaders in environmental behavior,... Read more

Health sector cluster to create 700 jobs in Oulu

The City of Oulu is investing in OuluHealth, a competence cluster combining ICT and health care operators. The city expects the investment to create some 700 new jobs in the area over the next few years. The campus area strives to bring together... Read more

Finland has major undiscovered nickel deposits

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) says significant nickel resources are waiting undiscovered in Finland’s bedrock. The announcement follows an extensive study of nickel, copper and cobalt resources in two important types of nickel deposits... Read more

Wed, 10 Oct, 2012:

Fortum boosts electric car infrastructure

Finnish energy company Fortum and Japanese car maker Nissan have signed a deal to create the infrastructure for quick charging electric vehicles in the Nordic Countries. The aim is to make electric vehicles a viable option for all car drivers in... Read more

Kone delivers elevators and escalators to Canada, Singapore and the UK

Kone, a Finnish elevator and escalator company, has got new orders from Canada, Singapore and the UK. Kone is delivering 33 elevators and escalators to Marine Gateway mixed-use development in Vancouver, Canada. The company is also supplying 52... Read more

Tue, 09 Oct, 2012:

Rovio announces Angry Birds Star Wars

Rovio has announced a Star Wars version of its popular Angry Birds game. The game, which is scheduled to launch worldwide on November 8, will feature Angry Birds characters starring as heroes and villains of the epic space fantasy. It will also... Read more

New York gets a taste of Finnish school food

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York City is offering Finnish school food on 1 — 12 October. The lunch-time event is part of the museum’s Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900–2000 exhibition, which takes a look at the relationship... Read more

Finnair sees strong passenger growth in Asia and Europe

Finnair, the Finnish carrier, saw a strong growth in airline’s passenger volumes in September. According to Finnair, the traffic rose significantly on regularly-scheduled routes especially in Asia and Europe which were both up by more than 10... Read more

Mon, 08 Oct, 2012:

Finland gets the first Fablab – a fabrication laboratory

Aalto Media Factory opens the first Finnish Fablab – the Aalto Fablab – on the Arabia campus. A fab lab which is short for fabrication laboratory is an open workshop where everybody can make objects using techniques such as 3D printing or laser... Read more

Outotec acquires mining expertise from Down Under

Technology company Outotec has announced its acquisition of Backfill Specialists Pty Ltd, which mainly operates in Australia. The acquisition price will not be disclosed. Backfill Specialists offer technical consulting and engineering services... Read more

ABB Finland powers new Arctic icebreaker

Power and automation technology group ABB has won a 35 million dollar order from the Baltic Shipyard to supply propulsion and energy efficient electrical systems for a new icebreaker vessel for Russia’s state shipping company, Rosmorport. ABB... Read more

Fri, 05 Oct, 2012:

Konecranes receives orders from West Africa

Konecranes has received two orders for a total of nine gantry cranes from West Africa. The cranes were ordered by Bollore Group, and they will be delivered to container terminals in Ghana and Benin. The parties haven’t disclosed the value of the... Read more

Transfluent strikes a deal with Spanish football clubs

Finnish translation service provider Transfluent has announced a partnership with three Spanish La Liga football league clubs. Sevilla FC, Athletic Bilbao, and Osasuna will begin using Transfluent to communicate with fans on social media in... Read more

Design Capital Helsinki sparks global interest

World Design Capital Helsinki has attracted half a million visitors so far to its projects and events and featured in more than 6,000 articles in the international media. — Our main goal was to raise discussion about design and its power to... Read more

Thu, 04 Oct, 2012:

Good News from Finland is looking for a mascot — design it and win!

Good News from Finland launched today a design competition to find a mascot for our news site – an image that immediately communicates to our readers the notion of good news about Finland. The competition is open to everyone. The author of the... Read more

VTT innovation makes kitchen furniture more eco-friendly

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a kitchen furniture framework material which challenges chipboard as kitchen furniture material. The new material is developed using plastic polymers reinforced with... Read more

SanomaVentures seeks growth in startups

Finland’s Sanoma media group has established SanomaVentures, an international fund focused on early stage investments. It has been set up to support and intensify co-operation with innovative start-up companies which operate in digital... Read more

Wed, 03 Oct, 2012:

Finland world’s second best country for dynamic businesses to flourish

Finland has been ranked as a number two country as a place for dynamic businesses to flourish. The Grant Thornton Global Dynamism Index (GDI) has ranked Finland second after Singapore and before Sweden on the third place. The United States... Read more

Metso relocates Chinese paper machine

Metso says it is relocating and rebuilding a paper machine for Chinese company Chenming Jilin. The machine is being relocated within Jilin City to the company’s new mill site. Although the value of the order has not been disclosed, the costs of... Read more

Finnish working-life education concept deemed best in Europe

The Economic Information Office’s (TAT) Enterprise Society, an economic and working life environment aimed at pupils in the 6th class, has been awarded as Europe’s best community, business and education partnership. The International Partnership... Read more

Tue, 02 Oct, 2012:

Finland plans to be the first in Europe to ban coal in energy production

Finland could become the first European country to ban the usage of coal for energy production. According to Bloomberg , Finland may phase out the use of coal in energy production by 2025. The news agency quotes Economy Minister Jyrki Häkämies... Read more

UPM’s newsprint papers first to be granted EU Ecolabel

Two of UPM’s newsprints have been granted the EU Ecolabel. They are the first newsprints to have received the label. The EU Ecolabel granted to the News and EcoBasic newsprint grades certifies that the production of the paper fulfils... Read more

Finavia improves flight connections search

Looking up flights departing from Finnish airports has just got easier. Finavia, the operator of 25 airports including Helsinki, has introduced a new search service on its website for convenient searches of flight connections and schedules for... Read more

Mon, 01 Oct, 2012:

Finnish games pick up speed

Rovio and Supercell have proven once again that the games business is a true money-maker for Finnish experts. The game Bad Piggies, published by Rovio on Thursday, and Supercell’s Clash of Clans were recently at the top of the list of the iPad... Read more

Helsinki housing wins sustainability award

A Helsinki housing project has been awarded first prize by the international Europahouse organisation which promotes sustainable housing. The Heka Malmi Ruotutorppa project by the City of Helsinki’s Housing Production Department (ATT ) carried... Read more

Finnish contraception to 27 million women in developing countries

An international initiative by United Nations expands access to long-lasting and reliable birth control to 27 million women in developing countries. The initiative employs a Finnish innovation, a contraceptive implant Jadelle, which is inserted... Read more

Fri, 28 Sep, 2012:

Investments in accelerator program exceed EUR 100 million mark

The companies taking part in the Vigo program, which accelerates the financing and internationalisation of startup companies, have acquired equity investments equalling altogether more than EUR 100 million. The direct equity investments acquired... Read more

Rovio seeks brand revival with a new Bad Piggies game

The new game by Rovio Entertainment, Bad Piggies, seems to have become an instant hit. Rovio's communications director Ville Heijari said on Twitter that Bad Piggies application has become the most downloaded game in Apple's store in the US. The... Read more

Brain research wins EU grant

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a grant of 1.3 million euros for an Aalto University project where scientists will take an unprecedented look into the functioning of the human brain. The researchers want to find out how the brain... Read more

Thu, 27 Sep, 2012:

Outotec and Sandvik start a new level of co-operation

Outotec and Sandvik Mining are starting a new level of co-operation. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a solid foundation for cooperating on future minerals processing solutions focusing on comminution.    Outotec... Read more

New Finnish products head to Sochi Winter Olympics

The Finnish company Darepro Ltd will supply two large video screens for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics’ cross-country skiing and biathlon stadium. The screens will become permanent features of the stadium after the games end. The organisers of... Read more

Organic farming finds fertile soil

More Finnish farmers than ever are switching over to organic farming. The food safety agency Evira says 365 farms have registered in the organic production control system this year.  Of these, 113 are livestock farms which is almost as many as... Read more

Wed, 26 Sep, 2012:

Medipolis in manufacturing breakthrough for an antidiabetic drug

Medipolis GMP, a Finnish biopharmaceutical company based in Oulu, has made a breakthrough for manufacturing its antidiabetic drug.  According to a company’s press release, Medipolis GMP has concluded a 5.3 million Euros technology licensing... Read more

Nokia unveils two new Asha phones 

Nokia has unveiled two new Asha touchscreen phones to meet demand from consumers in emerging markets who want handsets with features normally found on more expensive smartphones. The company says the Asha 308 and Asha 309 will be its cheapest... Read more

Tue, 25 Sep, 2012:

Slush draws most-promising North European startups to Helsinki

The end of November will see Slush, northern Europe’s biggest technology conference, convene in Helsinki. The event will gather together the most promising startups from northern Europe, the Baltics and Russia to meet up with global investors... Read more

Cargotec to list its marine unit to an Asian stock exchange

Cargotec, the Finnish handling solutions provider, is planning to list its marine unit on an Asian stock exchange by the second half of the 2013. Earlier on the company has stated that it was looking for a listing in Singapore. According to a... Read more

Purge named as Finnish Oscar entry

The Finnish Chamber of Films has selected Purge (Puhdistus) as the Finnish contender for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The movie, which premiered in early September, is based on Sofi Oksanen's award-winning novel about the brutal fate of... Read more

Mon, 24 Sep, 2012:

Finnish road weather services aim for export markets

Several Finnish actors have joined forces to produce products and services related to road weather, measuring technology and winter road maintenance. The solutions are considered highly suitable for the Northern European and Russian markets,... Read more

TAZ launches world’s first mobile Moomin game

The Finnish company Team Action Zone (TAZ) has launched world’s first mobile Moomin-themed game in the Tokyo Game Show. The game is based on Tove Jansson's beloved characters, and it includes three free games, and players can also download 15... Read more

Fortum looks for growth in India

Fortum has opened an Indian office in New Delhi. Its main focus will be to assess investment opportunities in the area of combined heat and power (CHP) in order to provide power and steam for industrial clusters. Fortum has also announced that... Read more

Fri, 21 Sep, 2012:

Prestigious award for Finnish web service

A web service for the submission and peer review of scientific manuscripts created by researchers at the University of Jyväskylä has won an international publishing award. The Peerage of Science service received the Award for Publishing... Read more

ZenRobotics raises 13 million euros

ZenRobotics says it has raised 13 million euros which should allow it to grow and to commercialise its robotic waste sorting system to customers all over the world.  The investment round was led by Invus, an international equity investor with... Read more

Outotec receives new orders worth of over 50 million Euros

Outotec has received several orders from China and a substantial order from South America. The Finnish company will supply of process technology and proprietary equipment from Chinese aluminium smelters and related industry. The total value of... Read more

Thu, 20 Sep, 2012:

Transfluent gets funding to open US office

Transfluent, the Helsinki-based startup which specialises in social media translating, has received one million dollars in angel funding to found a subsidiary in New York. The firm’s founders say they want to build sales opportunities in the US... Read more

Multitouch creates world’s largest touchscreen

The Finnish company Multitouch Ltd has announced that it has been commissioned to manufacture the world’s largest multi-touch videowall. The screen was ordered by a London-based global company that provides advice on business advancement.... Read more

FSC certificate for Metsä Group's forests

Metsä Group has been awarded an FSC group certificate that covers the forests in Finland owned by the group companies. At present, the FSC group certificate granted to Metsä Group covers around 35,000 hectares of forests which also have a PEFC... Read more

Wed, 19 Sep, 2012:

YIT builds in Russia

YIT has announced two major projects in Moscow and St Petersburg. The company has started an extensive residential construction project in the town of Lytkarino, close to Moscow, as well as launching the sale of apartments in a new residential... Read more

Stora Enso expands its packaging business to Pakistan

Stora Enso is establishing a joint-venture company together with Pakistan’s largest packaging and board manufacturer, Packages Ltd., to serve the Pakistani market. The name of the resulting company will be Bulleh Shah Packaging Ltd. The new... Read more

Artek opens its new European headquarters in Berlin

Artek, the Finnish design house, is opening its new European headquarters A Mondial Home in the German capital of Berlin. The new headquarters resides in the building which was previously home to daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, and which is an... Read more

Tue, 18 Sep, 2012:

Major grants for eight young researchers in Finland

Eight young researchers working in Finland have been selected to receive the European Research Council’s Starting Grant this year. Four of the research grant recipients work at the University of Helsinki, three at Aalto University and one at the... Read more

Seven Finnish companies among Arctic15 finalists

Seven Finnish companies have been chosen as finalists for this year’s Arctic15 startup competition. According to the Arctic Startup over hundred companies applied to pitch at this year's Arctic15 startup competition. The finalists will compete... Read more

Neste Oil offers even cleaner diesel

At its service stations in Finland, Neste Oil is now offering the world’s first diesel fuel to comply with the toughest Worldwide Fuel Charter (WWFC) standards. The company says Neste Pro Diesel can reduce fuel consumption by up to five per... Read more

Mon, 17 Sep, 2012:

Finnish firms make Sustainability Index

Seven Finnish companies - Rautaruukki, Neste Oil, Kesko, Fortum, UPM, Outokumpo and Nokia - have been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Ruukki and Outokumpu are both ranked in the steel sector with Ruukki... Read more

Reima expands to China

Children’s clothing manufacturer Reima opened its first store in China on 1 September. The new store in Beijing marks the company’s entry into the East-Asian market. A second Reima store will be opened in the city later this month. In addition... Read more

Mawson finds more gold in Finland

Canadian mining company Mawson Resources is stepping up reconnaissance prospecting within the Rajapalot area of Northern Finland following its announcement that is has made a new gold discovery, eight kilometres east of its existing Rompas... Read more

Finland leaps in global reputation rankings

Finland has leaped upwards to the seventh place (8th) in the global reputation ranking. This is revealed by the Reputation Institute’s 2012 Country RepTrak™ that ranks the world’s most reputable countries and determines what drives people to... Read more

Fri, 14 Sep, 2012:

Triple deal in Norway for Paakkola Conveyors

Paakkola Conveyors, specialising in conveyor systems for mining and basic industries, has landed three major contracts in Norway. Paakkola will provide an infeed conveyor for Norcem AS’s cement plant in Kjøpsvik, northern Norway. The conveyor... Read more

Nokia scheme helps launch 500 companies

Former Nokia employees have established over 500 companies worldwide, almost half of them in Finland since the Finnish mobile phone giant announced redundancies over the past year. Typically, the 220 start-ups in Finland have between one and... Read more

Scientists turn dreams into music

Scientists at the University of Helsinki have developed software which makes music out of sleep patterns. Developed under Hannu Toivonen, Professor of Computer Science, the software automatically composes synthetic music using data related to a... Read more

Marimekko’ New York debut gets thumbs up in international press

Marimekko, the Finnish design house, showed its first collection in New York fashion week on Monday. The Marimekko debut has received positive international press with Euronews commenting on its video that the Marimekko dresses on the catwalk... Read more

Thu, 13 Sep, 2012:

WaveRoller technology gets a new funding boost

Fortum and Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, have increased their funding in the wave energy technology developed by the Finnish company AW-Energy. The increased funding shows confidence in the WaveRoller technology which is developed and... Read more

Seven Finnish firms named White Bull finalists

No fewer than seven Finnish companies have been named finalists in the 2012 Bully Awards honouring Europe’s leading technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) companies. They are Canatu, Cognitive Maps, Kiosked, Transfluent, Tribe Studios,... Read more

South Korea to host Purge world premiere

In its weekend box-office debut in Finland, Purge pulled in more than 30 000 viewers, and the venue for the world premiere of the movie has now been confirmed: Purge will premiere in October at the Busan International Film Festival in South... Read more

Wed, 12 Sep, 2012:

Inventure promises more investment for Startup Sauna companies

Inventure, a Finnish venture capital firm, is promising to invest annually up to three companies graduating from the Startup Sauna accelerator program. According to a company’s press release, it has been inspired by “the tremendous progress and... Read more

Three Finnish companies make it to global cleantech semi-finals

Eniram, Forchem and The Switch made it into the list of the 30 best cleantech companies in the Global Cleantech Later Stage Awards, which attracted 4,500 competing companies from around the world. — The 30 best companies of the competition are... Read more

Cancer drugs could fight influenza

Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) have developed a new cell screening method which can be used to identify potential anti-influenza drugs.   The project is an example of finding new applications for existing... Read more

Tue, 11 Sep, 2012:

Screening of Finnish film at L.A. film festival

The Finnish short film Dr Professor’s Thesis of Evil is the only Nordic movie to be presented at the LA Shorts Fest, an international short film festival held annually in Los Angeles. LA Shorts Fest is the most important short-film festival... Read more

VTT boosts development of electric vehicles

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is increasing its investment in the development of electric vehicles and machinery, battery systems and components. Besides the expansion of the vehicle laboratory in Otaniemi, a new battery laboratory... Read more

Finland among the top five in the global Web Index

Finland ranks on the fifth place in the Web Index 2012, a global ranking that measures the impact of the web on the world’s people and nations. The Web Index was launched by the Web Foundation which is led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Sweden came in... Read more

Mon, 10 Sep, 2012:

Marimekko opens new stores in Tokyo

Marimekko, the Finnish design house, is continuing its rapid expansion. The company has opened a new store in the central Tokyo and it will open the second one on September 12. On Monday September 10 the company is taking a remarkable step in... Read more

Fiskars expands in France

Fiskars, the global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors, has opened Iittala branded departments in Printemps department stores in Paris and Caen. Iittala’s design is also being presented at the Maison & Objet fair... Read more

Fri, 07 Sep, 2012:

Economic Information Office’s youth projects best in Europe

The International Partnership Network will award the youth programme of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and the Enterprise Society, an economic and working life learning environment aimed at 6th graders, as the best examples of... Read more

Finland jumps to the third place in global competitiveness

Finland has leaped to the third place and ahead of Sweden in the latest Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) published by the World Economic Forum. The most competitive countries according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 report are... Read more

UPM offers FSC standard to private forest owners

UPM has been granted a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) group certificate, which allows the company to group certify Finnish private forests and community forests in accordance with the Finnish FSC standard that came into effect last year.... Read more

Thu, 06 Sep, 2012:

Bright light improves students reactions

A new study with Finnish university students suggests that bright light therapy which can be an effective cure for seasonal depression, can also benefit the healthy too. According to the study, bright light administered through the ear canal... Read more

Nokia launches new phones, apps and partnerships

Nokia has revealed its new Windows Phone 8 devices Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Nokia also launched whole bunch of new apps for its Lumia phones. The new flagship phone Nokia Lumia 920 is using Nokia PureView imaging technology which enables users... Read more

Finland’s largest block of wooden flats is completed in Helsinki

Finland’s largest block of wooden flats, with 104 apartments, has been completed in Viikki, Helsinki. The block is made up of five three-to-four-storey houses equalling altogether 6,300 square metres. — The project proved that building in wood... Read more

Wed, 05 Sep, 2012:

It’s raining medals – four more for Finland at the Paralympics

The fifth day of competition at the London Paralympics was a great one for Finland, with four new medals to add to the team’s total medal tally. Monday’s celebrations began with Jere Forsberg’s win in the Men’s Individual Compound archery event.... Read more

Fertilizer company Ductor receives multi-million euro investment

Biotechnology specialist Ductor has received an equity investment of EUR 2.75 million. The investors are Lifeline Ventures and Ductor’s founders. According to newspaper Kauppalehti , Lifeline Ventures’ share of the investment is around half.... Read more

Lumene and Angry Birds launching new products together

Lumene, the Finnish beauty and well-being company, and Rovio Entertainment, the parent company of Angry Birds, are launching new products to the Finnish, Scandinavian and Russian markets during this fall.  According to a Lumene press release,... Read more

Beneq joins EU solar project

Beneq, Finnish supplier of thin film coating equipment, has joined R2R-CIGS, a high-profile photovoltaics project financed by the European Commission through its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The primary goal of the ambitious project is... Read more

Tue, 04 Sep, 2012:

Leo-Pekka Tähti wins Paralympic gold in London

29-year-old Leo-Pekka Tähti, a native of Pori, Finland, celebrated his third successive T54 class 100-metre Paralympic win on Sunday, 2 September. Tähti’s winning time was 13.79 seconds. In addition to his three 100-metre wins, Tähti has won... Read more

Kone elevators to the biggest shopping mall in Scandinavia

Kone is delivering 33 elevators and 40 escalators at the Mall of Scandinavia in Sweden which is going to be the biggest and most modern shopping complex in Scandinavia. The mall, located in Solna, is currently under construction and is expected... Read more

Appcampus invests its first million

Appcampus, the mobile application development programme established by Nokia and Microsoft at Aalto University in Espoo, has invested its first million euros into 30 companies. Most investments have averaged about 20,000 euros, although some... Read more

Mon, 03 Sep, 2012:

Marimekko debuts at New York Fashion Week

Marimekko will be showing its products at New York Fashion Week for the first time ever on Monday, 10 September. On display will be the company’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection with the theme “Art of Print Making – Color for a Reason”.... Read more

Angry Birds colonise UK, China and Mars

The first Angry Birds activity park in the UK has officially opened at Sundown Adventureland in Retford, Nottinghamshire. The Angry Birds activity park has been designed and manufactured by Rovaniemi-based Lappset Group, one of the leading... Read more

Amazon and Nokia team up in mapping services

Amazon, the world’s largest Internet retailer, has teamed up with Nokia on location services instead of Google, writes Reuters. According to the news agency, Amazon’s new Kindle Fire will have mapping services via a tie-up with Nokia. Reuters... Read more

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

Tue, 31 Jul, 2012:

Businessmen’s pride and joy evolves into an everyday product

The mobile age began with the Nokia Mobira Cityman 900. When this novelty appeared on the markets in 1987, quite a few businessmen exchanged their 4.5-kilogram car phones for the less-than-800-gram Cityman, which they were proud to show off on... Read more

Top Finnish chef expanding his restaurants to Stockholm

A top Finnish chef and a judge in Master Chef programme, Tomi Björck, is expanding his restaurant operations to Sweden. Björck and his business partner Matti Wikberg own in Helsinki a top-class Asian restaurant Farang. In an interview with... Read more

Jolla to revive Nokia’s MeeGo

Finnish startup Jolla is hoping to release a smartphone, which runs on Nokia’s abandoned MeeGo operating system, before the end of the year. The company is in talks with hardware manufacturers and has already signed deals with several partners.... Read more

Mon, 30 Jul, 2012:

Viola – a big cheese in Russia

Few Finns know that Valio’s Viola processed cheese was the first foreign cheese on the Soviet markets. Viola made its debut on the shelves of Soviet shops in 1956, just three years after Josif Stalin’s death. During the subsequent 56 years Viola... Read more

Kone delivering elevators to London ‘s financial district

Kone is delivering 31 eco-efficient elevators to 5 Broadgate, a new office building under construction in City of London, the main financial district of London. The new building is going to be completed at the end of 2014. The office building is... Read more

Moody’s outlook earns Finland acclaim

When credit ratings agency Moody’s left Finland as the only eurozone country with a stable triple-A credit rating last week, commentators went into overdrive to try and explain the country’s financial stability. Finland escaped a negative... Read more

Fri, 27 Jul, 2012:

The shaping of a classic

The simple and functional Aalto stool (stool 60) was first introduced almost 80 years ago in 1933. The product, the brainchild of Alvar Aalto, has been deemed the quintessence of functionalist furniture design and around 8 million of them have... Read more

Stonesoft launches free Evader against cyber attacks

Security firm Stonesoft has released a new defence system and testing tool against cyber attacks. The company has released Evader, the world's first software-based testing tool that enables companies and governments to test their network... Read more

Researchers locate Northern Lights sounds

For the first time, researchers at Aalto University in Finland have located where the sounds associated with the northern lights or Aurora Borealis are created. The auroral sounds which have been described in folktales and by wilderness... Read more

Thu, 26 Jul, 2012:

The Jopo bicycle keeps on rolling

— Finland’s and perhaps the world’s most modern bicycle, declared the 1965 advertisement for vehicle manufacturer Helkama’s new bicycle model, built for the Everyman. 28,000 suggestions were sent in for the bicycle naming competition. Its name... Read more

Mind Spa aiming to challenge Coca-Cola

Mind Spa, a well-being drinks manufacturer, is thinking big. The company is planning to launch to the international markets and challenge Coca-Cola’s dominance in vitamin waters. The company is launching its own Acti Water vitamin water this... Read more

Finnish startup simplifies smartphones

If you find smartphones confusing to use, a Finnish startup may have the solution. Oulu-based Simplofon believes it has developed an easy-to-use interface. Research shows that most smartphone owners use their device for phone calls, text... Read more

Wed, 25 Jul, 2012:

Trusted heaters for cold climates

Ensto, specialising in electrical systems, began manufacturing electric heaters in the 1980s. The company’s heaters keep the cold at bay, not only in Finland, but in many other countries with freezing cold winters. — In addition to Finland the... Read more

Valmet Automotive to produce Mercedes A-Class

Valmet Automotive is to begin manufacturing Mercedes Benz A-Class cars at its plant in the western coastal town of Uusikaupunki in Finland. The company is starting work on the project immediately and expects to finalise the contract during the... Read more

Finnish energy efficiency project piloting in Egypt

Finnish energy companies and Egyptian companies are starting a joint energy efficiency pilot project in Smart Villages technology park in Egypt. The companies involved in the project are Nour Consult from Egypt and Valtavalo, Finnenergia and... Read more

Tue, 24 Jul, 2012:

Unikko – not a logo, but definitely an icon

It might be faster to list the products that do not bear the Unikko (Poppy) pattern, Marimekko’s signature print, than to list the products bearing the design. The clear, graphical flower pattern has graced not just clothes and interior... Read more

Konecranes delivers to Turkey and Togo

Konecranes has won an order for eight fully-electric Rubber Tired Gantry cranes for EVYAP Port in Istanbul. These will be the first Konecranes RTGs in Turkey powered by a Busbar system, which converts the cranes to fully electric operation.... Read more

Marimekko gets boost from Elton John and Hillary Clinton

Marimekko, the Finnish design house, has got boost from its famous fans. According to MTV3, the world famous pop-singer Elton John was recently spotted in France wearing Marimekko converses. Also the newly appointed Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, has... Read more

Mon, 23 Jul, 2012:

Empress of Japan among owners of Aarikka’s Ram

Aarikka’s decorative Rams, called Pässi in Finnish, got their start in 1973 when Kaija Aarikka, the founder of the company and an animal lover, spotted a box full of pine beads in the carpentry workshop. Today, Aarikka’s Rams not only adorn many... Read more

Gesture controlled Angry Birds comes to Samsung Smart TV

Samsung, the global mobile manufacturer, has unveiled a new flagship smart 3D television. The company boasts plenty of on-board features such as a gesture-controlled version of Angry Birds. Since its launch in November 2009, Angry Birds has been... Read more

Wärtsilä supplies gas power plant to Azerbaijan

Wärtsilä has won the contract to supply a 384 MW gas power plant to Azerbaijan. In terms of output, this is the largest single power plant order that Wärtsilä has ever received. When completed, the BoyukShor power plant located close to the... Read more

Fri, 20 Jul, 2012:

Lumene’s wrinkle-free ride to the USA

Although cosmetics company Lumene is best known in Finland for its lipsticks and powders, it has gained a strong foothold in the USA thanks to its anti-wrinkle cream. In addition to the United States, the cloudberry-containing Vitamin C+ cream... Read more

Student’s robot wins a second place in World Championships

A field robot RoseRunner, built by students of Aalto University and University of Helsinki, have won a second place in the field robots World Championship contest. The RoseRunner took part in Field Robot Event 2012 in Venlo, in Netherlands, in... Read more

Online opera premieres in Savonlinna

The world’s first opera produced by an online community is set to premiere on Saturday in Savonlinna. Hundreds of people all over the world have participated in making the opera Free Will which will be streamed live at 7pm. Opera By You online... Read more

Thu, 19 Jul, 2012:

Finlayson’s competitive edge lies in its charming characters

Chubby, good-natured characters, Moomins and elephants, have been an integral part of textile company Finlayson’s products since the 1960s. Laina Koskela designed the Elephant (Elefantti) print in 1969 and last spring its production was... Read more

Nokian Tyres plans a new factory in Europe

Tyre maker Nokian Tyres is planning to open a new factory in Europe and is negotiating with two countries including Serbia, daily Helsingin Sanomat reported, citing the company's CEO Kim Gran. In the beginning of this year, Nokian Tyres... Read more

Outotec acquires TME Group

Minerals and metals processing technology company Outotec has signed a deal to acquire the business of Australian-owned TME Group. TME is a mining services company, headquartered in Western Australia, with offices throughout Australia and in... Read more

Wed, 18 Jul, 2012:

Leather trousers – code name for a classic

”Eskimoerindens skinnbuxa” (Eskimo woman’s leather trousers) was the Swedish code name that designer Alvar Aalto gave the 1936 drawings he sent to a competition looking for entries for the Paris World’s Fair. The entry consisted of vases and... Read more

First Angry Birds shop opens in China

Rovio has opened an Angry Birds brand store in Shanghai, in China. It is the first shop outside its home base in Finland. The store in Xujiahui area, which sells licensed apparel and iPhone cases, is the first of 25 such outlets scheduled to... Read more

US military chooses Cargotec forklift trucks

The United States Department of Defense has placed a 50 million euro contract with Cargotec for its light capability rough terrain forklift (LCRTF) trucks.   The order’s been booked through Cargotec's Kalmar Rough Terrain Center (KRTC) in... Read more

Tue, 17 Jul, 2012:

Geisha creator inspired by Olympics

In Finland the name of confectionery company Fazer conjures up images of Fazer Blue milk chocolate. According to the company, however, one of its most popular international brands is its Geisha chocolate, launched on the markets in 1962 and sold... Read more

Kone delivers eco-efficient elevators to Bangkok

Kone is delivering 32 eco-efficient elevators to a new residential high-rise development Noble Ploenchit in Bangkok, Thailand. Kone’s solutions will be delivered to four buildings - three towers with luxury condominiums and one office building.... Read more

Fortum cuts nitrogen oxides emissions in Estonia

Fortum is supplying nitrogen oxides reduction technology to Eesti Energia, Estonia’s biggest energy company. The delivery comprises nitrogen oxides reduction installations for four units at the Narva Power Plants and for a total of eight power... Read more

Mon, 16 Jul, 2012:

Fiskars – a cut above the rest

Open a kitchen or office drawer in any Finnish home and you will most probably find a pair of orange-handled Fiskars scissors. The tried and trusted implement has also established its position in several other countries, with more than a billion... Read more

Finnair still the Nordics’ highest flier

Finnair has been named Northern Europe’s Best Airline for the third time running. The award was presented to the airline in connection with the Farnborough International Airshow in England. The decision was based on a glob al customer... Read more

Pelago bicycles wins a start-up competition in Germany

Pelago, Helsinki based bicycle company, has won an ISPO BRANDNEW award in Germany. ISPO BRANDNEW is the world’s largest start-up competition in the sporting goods industry. The awards are focused on innovative products and the brands behind... Read more

Pets keep babies healthier

It seems that dogs really are man’s best friend, according to a new study from Finland. A team of researchers from Kuopio University Hospital followed 397 children through the first year of their lives and found those who live with pets had... Read more

Fri, 13 Jul, 2012:

YIT and RWE join forces in energy supply contracting

YIT Germany and RWE Energiedienstleistungen have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. According to a YIT press release, partnership will allow two companies to respond promptly and comprehensively to technically demanding customer queries... Read more

Phone app navigates indoors

Finnish researchers say a smartphone app using magnetic fluctuations to map indoor locations can guide users where global positioning systems cannot penetrate. Developed by IndoorAtlas, a spin-off from the University of Oulu, the app makes use... Read more

Thu, 12 Jul, 2012:

Identoi sells meter installation service to German company

Software solution provider Identoi Ltd and German meter reading company Minol Messtechnik GmbH have concluded a deal according to which Identoi will supply Minol with a mobile software solution that facilitates meter installation. The software... Read more

Amazing Alex arrives on Android and iOS

Amazing Alex, Rovio’s follow-up to its popular Angry Birds franchise, launches today from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. More platforms carrying the game will be announced soon. Amazing Alex centres on a curious young boy known as... Read more

Sanoma strengthens its position in Belgium

Sanoma Media Belgium, the Belgian division of the Sanoma Group, has acquired communication agency HeadOffice in Belgium. HeadOffice is a relationship marketing agency that is specialized in online direct marketing, customer magazines, brand... Read more

Wed, 11 Jul, 2012:

ZenRobotics to deliver solar-powered recycler robot to Belgium

ZenRobotics, a recycling company utilising artificial intelligence, will supply the Belgian company Container Maes with the world’s first solar-powered robotic recycling system. The transaction is valued at more than a million euros. The system... Read more

Nokia keeps its top place on Amazon best sellers list

Amazon US customers have given thumbs up for Nokia Lumia 900. The Finnish website itviikko.fi reports that Amazon customers in the USA rate Nokia Lumia 900 best subsidised handset. Amazon US is offering the Nokia’s smartphone for sale at $0.01... Read more

Outotec wins Iranian projects

Outotec has won orders worth a total of 265 million euros for technology deliveries to National Iranian Copper Industries Company's (NICICO) copper and molybdenum projects in Iran. Outotec will deliver technology and services to NICICO's Khatoon... Read more

Tue, 10 Jul, 2012:

Helsinki is still one of the most liveable cities

The British magazine Monocle has chosen Helsinki as the second most liveable city in the world. Last year Helsinki made the top spot, but this year was ousted by Zurich, Switzerland. According to Monocle’s latest assessment, Helsinki is a... Read more

China Navigation places new order with Cargotec

The China Navigation Company (CNCo) has ordered 16 more electrically driven MacGregor cranes from Cargotec.  Four vessels are being built for China Navigation at Chengxi Shipyard in China and they are scheduled for delivery in 2013 and 2014.... Read more

Playmysong music jukebox becomes a Spotify application

Playmysong which is a crowdsourced music DJ’ing service has become a Spotify application. Playmysong mobile application allows users to remotely control the songs being played on a venue’s stereo system, while also simultaneously checking in to... Read more

Mon, 09 Jul, 2012:

Ecomp helps tidy up Dubai with waste compactors

The city of Dubai has taken into use Ecomp’s underground waste compactors. Ecomp’s SIRLIFT system stores the waste compactors underground in a cool space and out of reach of animals. This frees up space above ground for other uses. One system... Read more

Finland's practical approach to design applauded

Finland’s practical approach to design has been applauded by foreign media. Helsinki is this year a World Design Capital, and the city as a design destination has been featured most recently by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and British... Read more

Wärtsilä supplies power plant to Indonesia

Wärtsilä has won an order to supply a combustion gas engine baseload power plant to Indonesia. The PLTMG Duri plant is to be located in Indonesia’s Riau province, and when operational, it will supply 113 MW of electricity to the regional grid.... Read more

Fri, 06 Jul, 2012:

VTT technology reduces energy consumption of data centres

Over the past two and a half years, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been involved in a project that seeks solutions for saving energy in data centres. The EU project, called FIT4Green, designed and implemented an energy-aware... Read more

Joy at work set to rise

Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, has launched a programme aimed to making Finland’s workplaces the best in Europe by 2020. The vision for the Liideri - Business, Productivity and Work Enjoyment programme – are... Read more

YIT launches IKEA store construction in Lithuania

YIT Kausta, Lithuanian subsidiary of YIT Construction, has started construction of the IKEA store in Vilnius, Lithuania. The value of the contract is over 15 million Euros and the project is scheduled to be completed in the summer 2013. — For... Read more

Thu, 05 Jul, 2012:

Atostek and CERN join forces in particle research

The Tampere-based company Atostek, which offers expert services in software and information technology, has embarked on a major co-operation project with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. The collaboration is part of... Read more

Kone wins a major order from Shanghai

Kone has won a major order from The Hub in Shanghai. The global elevator and escalator company is delivering 67 eco-efficient elevators and 82 escalators to The Hub, which is an area designed to be a new landmark as well as a business and... Read more

Researchers improve cell function analysis

Researchers in Finland and Germany have developed an open-source software which will make it easier to process bio imaging data. The software, named BioImageXD, will help in analysing cell and tissue functions. Among other things, the BioImageXD... Read more

Wed, 04 Jul, 2012:

Konecranes receives an order from Norway

Konecranes has received an order for a Goliath gantry crane from Kvaerner in Norway. The crane will be in operation at Kvaerner’s facilities at Stord on November 2013. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order. A Konecranes... Read more

Cargotec delivers forklift trucks to Brazil

Cargotec has secured an order from one of Brazil's leading logistics operations to deliver 13 Kalmar forklift trucks. Purchased by Vix Logistica, the nine DCF300 and four DCF420 models are scheduled for delivery in September. The order follows a... Read more

Tue, 03 Jul, 2012:

Major open knowledge event hits Finland

The international Open Knowledge Festival will be organised in Helsinki from 17 to 22 September. Hundreds of experts in the field from around the world are expected to take part. The key organisers of the collaboratively planned festival are the... Read more

Metso sells the world's biggest mobile crushing plant to Kazakhstan

Metso will supply world's biggest fully mobile, track-mounted crushing plant to Altay Polimetally LLP copper mine in Kazakhstan. The contract also includes large mobile feeding and conveying systems to move the crushed copper ore for further... Read more

Ruukki Express chain expands in Sweden

Ruukki is expanding its Ruukki Express chain for professional roofers and builders through the acquisition of Plåtleverantören i Stockholm which has activities in Stockholm and Södertalje, Sweden. The acquisition aims to improve the availability... Read more

Mon, 02 Jul, 2012:

Sanoma buys exams company from Netherlands

Sanoma Learning’s educational publisher Malmberg has acquired a Dutch testing and examination company Bureau ICE. The purchased company produces, tests and exams for secondary and vocational education in the Netherlands. It employs some 46... Read more

Finn stands tall on Seven Summits

Atte Miettinen has made Finnish mountaineering history by becoming the first Finn to complete the Seven Summits challenge. With the conquest of North America’s highest mountain, Denali, Miettinen joins a select group of mountaineers who have... Read more

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

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

Mon, 30 Apr, 2012:

Valio brands awarded in Russia

Two Valio products were awarded for their effective marketing campaigns in the Brand of the Year in Russia competition in Moscow. Valio’s Viola processed cheese and butter were named among the best brands of the year. The evaluation criteria... Read more

Nine Finnish companies among Red Herring Top 100 Europe Winners

Nine Finnish companies have made it to the prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Europe Winners- list. Earlier this year the Red Herring team announced the finalists for the Award and that list included 23 companies from Finland. The Red Herring team... Read more

Metso delivers grinding mills to Brazil

Metso has won a contract to deliver 14 grinding mills to MMX mining company in Brazil. The value of the order has not been disclosed.  The mills will be assembled at the Serra Azul iron ore project, located in São Joaquim de Bicas, Brumadinho... Read more

Fri, 27 Apr, 2012:

Finnish computers among the cleanest of the clean

Finnish computers have the third lowest number of virus infections in the world according to Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report published on 25 April.   The report estimates that 7% of the world’s computers contain viruses while the... Read more

Fortum joins Bettercoal initiative

Finnish energy company Fortum has joined the Bettercoal initiative, an independent, non-profit organisation promoting improvements in coal mining. The initiative was set up by DONG Energy, EDF, Enel, E.On, GDF SUEZ, RWE and Vattenfall. Fortum is... Read more

AudioDraft launches online store for exclusive audio tracks

The Finnish music service company AudioDraft has launched an online store for exclusive audio tracks. The company’s concept differs from Apple’s iTunes that each track is sold only once, making it attractive online store for audio branding,... Read more

Thu, 26 Apr, 2012:

Sochi Olympics ice-hockey to be played in Finnish rinks

Raita Sport, a Finnish company based in Western Finland, has won a contract to supply ice-hockey rinks for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. In addition to four rinks, Raita Sport will deliver other equipment for the ice arenas together with its... Read more

Konecranes picks up Baku shipyard deal

Konecranes has announced details of an order for cranes for a shipyard being built in Baku, Azerbaijan. The order was placed by Baku Shipyard, a joint venture company formed by State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), Keppel Offshore... Read more

Finland suggests visa-free train travel to Russia

Finland is suggesting visa-free train travel between Finland to Russia. The Finnish Economic Affairs Minister Jyri Häkämies has come out in favour of visa-free travel between Finland and Russia, including on the high-speed Allegro rail service.... Read more

Wed, 25 Apr, 2012:

Award-winning wood composite innovation revolutionises casting

The WOODCAST material developed by Onbone Oy was granted the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland’s Innovation Award on 23 April in Helsinki. According to the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, this wood composite is one of the most... Read more

YIT to slash carbon dioxide emissions

YIT has commited itself to cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2020, which is twice the emission-cutting goal set by the EU. The Finnish construction and real estate company says the reduction of emissions supports... Read more

Fortum biggest Finnish company in Forbes Global 2000 list

Forbes has published its annual rankings of the world’s biggest companies on its Forbes Global 2000 list. Finnish energy company Fortum is ranked as number 432, insurance group Sampo as number 503, and Nokia, the mobile phone company, as number... Read more

Tue, 24 Apr, 2012:

Outotec wins Iranian iron ore pellets deal

Outotec has been selected by Gol-E-Gohar Mining & Industrial Co. to design and provide technology for an iron ore pelletizing plant located in the Kerman province of Iran. The plant's annual capacity is approximately five million tonnes of iron... Read more

Nokia aims to start production in Vietnam next year

Nokia has officially kicked-off development of its manufacturing facility in Bac Ninh province, Vietnam. The mobile phone company expects to start the operations of this factory in early 2013. In November, 2011, Nokia established a new company,... Read more

Mon, 23 Apr, 2012:

Finnair and TAP Portugal started code-sharing

Finnair and TAP Portugal have started code-share cooperation on flights between Portugal and Finland. The cooperation started on April 20, and customers have been able to make reservations on code-shared flights since then.  TAP started direct... Read more

Iron Sky reaches for the moon at Brussels film festival

The space-Nazi science fiction comedy Iron Sky, which opened in theatres during Easter week in Finland, Germany and Norway, has been awarded the Silver Méliès and the audience prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. The news... Read more

Two new Marimekko stores open in Sweden

Marimekko has announced the opening of two new stores in the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg. In Stockholm, a gallery-type store opened its doors last week in the creative SoFo area. This store represents a special kind of Marimekko... Read more

Fri, 20 Apr, 2012:

Linux creator one of two Millennium Prize laureates

Linus Torvalds , best known for developing an open source operating system, and Professor Shinya Yamanaka, a pioneer in stem cell research from Japan, have been named laureates of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize. The announcement was made... Read more

Intelligent exercise at Oulu Airport

A unique gym has started up at Oulu Airport. The aim of the intelligent exercise environment, created for testing purposes, is to offer passengers the opportunity to gain the health benefits of exercise while travelling and to mitigate the... Read more

Honkarakenne opens a sales office in Romania

Honkarakenne Group, the world-leading log house manufacturer, has expanded its sales network to Romania by opening a sales office in the country. The company has already 30 sales offices around the world. In Romania, Honka will be represented by... Read more

Startup Sauna welcomes 20 new teams

The spring programme of Startup Sauna, the Finnish scheme to help promote promising young companies, kicks off on April 23. Of the 20 teams participating, eight are from Finland, three from Russia, two each from China, Poland and Lithuania and... Read more

Thu, 19 Apr, 2012:

Russian heating markets open to Finnish companies

According to a market analysis by the innovation network FinNode, the developments taking place in the Russian heating markets open up new doors for Finnish businesses. The revamping of heat facilities located in conjunction with industrial... Read more

Fortum and Nissan deliver home charging packages for electric cars

Fortum and Nissan LEAF have joined forces in Estonia, where they have created a home charging package for owners of the 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF. The company started its car sales in Estonia in April. With the complete package, the... Read more

VTT helps India measure emissions

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has started a project focusing on the development of emission measurement in India. Reliable measurement plays a key role in identifying and reducing emissions. In India only few plants own continuous... Read more

Wed, 18 Apr, 2012:

Beneq gets EUR 25 million capital injection from RUSNANO

Russian RUSNANO has invested EUR 25 million in Beneq, the Finnish pioneer and world-leader in industrial production and laboratory equipment for nano-scale thin films and functional coatings. The investment is a combination of capital injection... Read more

Greenlux lights up IKEA stores

Greenlux Finland has started delivering energy-efficient LED lights for general lighting to Swedish furniture giant IKEA. The Finnish lightning design company and producer of LED fixtures, will help IKEA meet its sustainability goals. IKEA has... Read more

Tue, 17 Apr, 2012:

Finland lends a hand in modernising Chinese paper industry

The export organisation Finpro and the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries are bringing together Finnish paper and pulp know-how to access the Chinese markets. — The Chinese Paper Association has suggested that we assemble Finnish paper... Read more

Three Finnish websites competing for prestigious Webby Awards

The websites of three Finnish companies are competing for the prestigious Webby Awards which is regarded web industries ‘Oscars’. The winners will be announced in May. The Webby Award is the leading international award honouring excellence on... Read more

UPM launches green food wrappings range

UPM has launched a new ecological paper range designed for both dry and greasy foodstuffs. The company says the barrier properties of its UPM SwanBarrier papers, such as water vapour barrier and medium grease resistance, have been achieved... Read more

Mon, 16 Apr, 2012:

VTT brings Augmented Reality to urban and construction planning

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an Augmented Reality application for urban and construction planning. By combining positioning software and Augmented Reality, office and residential buildings can be placed in their actual... Read more

Russia tackles greenhouse gas emissions with Fortum technology

Russia is going to use Fortum’s technology to tackle its greenhouse gas emissions. The Russian Ministry for Economic Development has approved three Fortum's power plant units as joint implementation projects. The new units which have a total... Read more

Lemminkäinen paves the way in Scandinavia

Lemminkäinen has won 81 million euros worth of this year’s paving contracts from the Norwegian state and 11.5 million euros worth of paving contracts in Sweden from the local traffic authority, Trafikverket. The order from Norway amounts to 29... Read more

Fri, 13 Apr, 2012:

ABB Finland to maintain propulsion systems for cruise liners

ABB has signed a 15-year service contract with Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise-ship operator. The contract covers regular maintenance and upgrading on all Carnival ships equipped with the Azipod propulsion system. Twenty of... Read more

Metso announces Indian deals

Metso says it will supply mineral processing equipment for Abhijeet Group’s new iron ore plant in the Saraikela district of Jharkhand in Eastern India. The value of the complete plant is about 15 million euros. The plant, which is scheduled for... Read more

WOT Services wins award in USA for its safe surfing tool

WOT Services has won an award in the USA for its community-powered safe surfing tool Web of Trust (WOT). The surfing tool has been selected as the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Privacy and Security Add-on. The Finnish company has... Read more

Thu, 12 Apr, 2012:

Malaysian development project to use KONE lifts and escalators

Kone will deliver 37 lifts and 72 escalators for the Hatten City development project currently underway in Malacca on Malaysia’s west coast. Kone’s solutions will be used in a five-storey shopping centre and in two 170-metre-high apartment... Read more

Fazer Angry Birds sweets on sale from May

Fazer Angry Birds wine gums go on sale next month. The confectionery will be launched initially in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the Baltic States, Poland and the Czech Republic. The flavours and shapes of the new wine gums have been designed to... Read more

Outotec signs a deal with Grupo Mexico

Outotec and Grupo Mexico have signed a contract for the delivery of process technology to Buenavista del Cobre's new second copper concentrator in Mexico. The value of the deal is nearly EUR 28 million. The Buenavista del Cobre, formerly known... Read more

Wed, 11 Apr, 2012:

Ruukki holds contest to design noise barriers

Ruukki is holding a competition for architects, designers, construction professionals and students to design barriers which reduce noise pollution from traffic.   The aim of the competition is to gather ideas for the manufacture, installation,... Read more

Finland ranks high in Global Information Technology Report

Finland ranks high on the World Economic Forums and INSEAD’s report which assess the impact of ICT on the competitiveness and well-being of the nation. Finland was ranked as number three on the 11th edition of the report titled The Global... Read more

Pauli Kopu makes list of promising producers

Pauli Kopu , founder of the vide o agency KLOK, has earned a place on the Producers to Watch list, which recognises young, up-and-coming producers. The list was announced on 4 April at the notable entertainment sector event MIPTV in Cannes,... Read more

Tue, 10 Apr, 2012:

Codenomicon in pivotal role in NATO Cyber Security Exercise

Software security provider Codenomicon’s Situation Awareness tools played a pivotal role in the NATO-coordinated international Locked Shields cyber security exercise. Finland took part in the two-day exercise, organised in Tallinn, Estonia at... Read more

Finnish companies invade Red Herring’s Europe Award shortlist

The Red Herring editorial team has selected finalists for the 2012 Red Herring 100 Europe Award. The short list includes 23 Finnish technology companies from gaming and medical industries, environmental sector as well as software and application... Read more

Neste Oil joins aviation biofuels group 

Neste Oil has joined the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (aireg) which promotes the development and use of renewable liquid fuels in aviation. The goal of the organisation is to contribute to achieving aviation's carbon... Read more

Fri, 06 Apr, 2012:

Happy Easter!

Good News from Finland is enjoying an Easter break between 6th and 9th of April. Fresh news on Tuesday 10th of April 2012. Read more

Thu, 05 Apr, 2012:

Sales of Icepeak brand over EUR 100 million first time

Sales of L-Fashion Group’s sports clothing grew rapidly abroad, especially in Germany and Russia. Sales of the company’s biggest brand, Icepeak, grew first time over EUR 100 million in its main markets. According to Kauppalehti, the Finnish... Read more

Finland second in global happiness ranking

There is plenty to smile about in Finland this week. According to the World Happiness Report, Finland is the second happiest country in the world behind Denmark and ahead of Norway, the Netherlands and Canada. The least happy countries are all... Read more

Wed, 04 Apr, 2012:

Dream Broker leaps into global markets

Espoo-based Dream Broker, specialised in online tutorial video software, will open up offices in Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Belgium by the end of 2013. Dream Broker develops various types of tutorial videos for businesses. Among the company’s... Read more

Helsinki draws international attention for underground construction

Helsinki has become an international destination for those who are interested in underground construction. Helsinki already has more than 400 premises, including shopping malls and sports halls, and over 200 km of tunnels built underground. The... Read more

Cargotec wins large Australian order

Cargotec has received an order to supply 22 Kalmar ESC 350W straddle carriers to Australia's leading container handling operator Patrick container terminals. The value of the order has not been disclosed. Twelve of the straddle carriers will be... Read more

Tue, 03 Apr, 2012:

ABB receives order from South Africa

Electric power company ABB has received an order to the tune of 10 million euros (USD 14 million) from Sappi, a South African forest industry company. The order encompasses electricity and instrumentation systems as well as automation required... Read more

Angry Birds TV series to premiere this autumn

Rovio Mobile is bringing Angry Birds to TV. Rovio’s head of animation Nick Dorra has confirmed that the Finnish company is launching cartoon series of Angry Birds this autumn. The company is launching a series of 52 shortform animations for its... Read more

Finnair ranked again as a best Nordic airline

Skytrax, the international airline survey company, has renewed Finnair’s four-star rating on the grounds of the audit report conducted as part of the World Airline Star Rating programme. The rating is based on an impartial and thorough... Read more

New UPM terminal opens in Argentina

UPM Raflatac, part of UPM’s Engineered Materials business group, has opened a new slitting and distribution terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The terminal began operations in early March and will supply both paper and film label stocks to... Read more

Mon, 02 Apr, 2012:

National biogas network to be built in Finland

The equity investment company Taaleritehdas is commissioning the construction of Finland’s first national network of biogas facilities. Over the course of the next two years, 5–7 biogas facilities will be built, hopefully providing a solution... Read more

Pohjola Bank and Bank of China intensify cooperation

Pohjola Bank is intensifying its cooperation with Bank of China which is the second largest bank in China. It is the most international full-service commercial bank in China, with a total of some 11,000 branch offices. The two parties aim to... Read more

Raisio buys Polish pasta maker

Finnish food group Raisio has bought Sulma, one of the largest pasta and buckwheat producers in Poland for 2.4 million euros.  With the acquisition, Raisio gains a foothold in the Polish pasta market which is worth 190 million euros years a... Read more

Fri, 30 Mar, 2012:

Picosun and Singaporean electronics institute start cooperation

The atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment manufacturer Picosun and the Singapore-based Institute of Microelectronics have announced a partnership to develop advanced coating techniques for electronics and solar energy products, among others.... Read more

Metso signs service contract with Northland

Metso has signed a major contract with Northland Resources of Luxembourg to service, maintain and inspect its Kaunisvaara iron ore processing plant in northern Sweden. The contract complements a previous equipment and mill lining services order,... Read more

Thu, 29 Mar, 2012:

Halton’s indoor climate solution for Bucharest skyscraper

Halton, which specialises in indoor climate services for buildings, is delivering an indoor climate solution for a new 37-storey skyscraper in Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Halton’s solution for the building is based on energy-efficient... Read more

Eniram software slashes fuel costs at sea

Eniram says its latest software tool can save ship operators up to three per cent a year in fuel costs. The company’s Optimum Speed Assistant (OSA) matches real-time data about current sea conditions with historical information about a vessel's... Read more

Nokia launches its first smartphone to Chinese markets

Nokia and China Telecom have launched its smartphone Nokia 800C to China, the world’s largest smartphone market. The phones will go on sale in April, and the phones without the contract will cost around RMB 3599. China Telecom and Nokia will... Read more

Wed, 28 Mar, 2012:

Pöyry assists Canadian cellulose plant in reducing emissions

Pöyry has been awarded the engineering and procurement service contract for a project aimed at minimising the sulfur dioxide emissions of Canadian company Tembec’s specialty cellulose plant. The contract is valued at CAD 7.2 million (EUR 5.5... Read more

Finnish e-commerce tops 10 billion euros

Online shopping is growing fast in Finland with consumers spending 10.1 billion euros from e-stores in 2011 compared to 9.4 billion euros the year before. Travel products and services were the most popular purchases worth 3.6 billion euros. ... Read more

Fazer strengthens its position in Swedish catering sector

Fazer Group is strengthening its position in Swedish catering markets by buying Scandinavian Facility Management AB (SFAB) which specialises in food solutions for the public sector, healthcare, senior care and defence forces. The company has... Read more

Tue, 27 Mar, 2012:

Microsoft and Nokia to invest millions in Aalto AppCampus

Microsoft and Nokia are planning to invest up to 18 million euros in a new mobile application development programme at Aalto University. The AppCampus programme has been set up to foster the creation of applications for the Windows Phone... Read more

YIT building system technology for German logistics centre

YIT has concluded an agreement worth more than EUR 11 million with German company Edeka Südbayern. The agreement involves the delivery of building system technology for grocery cooperative Edeka’s central warehouse under construction in... Read more

Huhtamäki buys a major packaging supplier in Hong Kong

Huhtamäki, a leading manufacturer of consumer and specialty packaging, is acquiring a major packaging supplier Josco headquartered in Hong Kong. Josco is a manufacturer and distributor of paper and plastic disposable packaging products with... Read more

Mon, 26 Mar, 2012:

Angry Birds strikes a deal with Walmart in US

Rovio, the parent company of Angry Birds, has struck a deal with Walmart, the largest retail chain in the US, and one of the biggest supermarket chains in the world. Walmart is offering special edition t-shirts, plush toys, and even specially... Read more

Grand Cru raises $2 million for supernauts

Helsinki-based Grand Cru Games has secured $2 million in seed financing to develop cross-platform mobile adventure games.     The company has also announced that the first game title it is working on is called The Supernauts.   The funding comes... Read more

Fri, 23 Mar, 2012:

Finnair tests Valkee headset to beat jetlag

To help passengers combat jet lag, Finnair is set to become the first ever airline to offer bright light headsets on board its flights. A one-month pilot project will test the benefits of Finnish-designed device, Valkee, for passengers on long... Read more

Fortum’s materials to purify radioactive liquids in Fukushima nuclear plant

Fortum’s technology is going to be used to purify radioactive liquids in Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant in Japan. Fortum is the key ion exchange media supplier to EnergySolutions LLC for a project to decontaminate water from the damaged nuclear... Read more

Thu, 22 Mar, 2012:

Record-high tourism to Finland in summer 2011

Between May and October 2011, a total of 4.3 million travellers from abroad visited Finland, representing an increase of nearly one fifth over the previous summer season. Tourists from abroad spent more than 1.2 billion euros, which is slightly... Read more

Cargotec considers floating marine unit in Singapore

Cargotec says it is considering listing its marine unit on the Singapore exchange to strengthen its presence and growth in Asia. It said it would own the majority of Cargotec Marine, which would remain consolidated within the group. Cargotec... Read more

Outokumpu first company certified for sustainable reinforcing steel

Outokumpu has become the first stainless reinforcing steel producer to be granted by CARES a certificate for sustainable reinforcing steel. The award was given to the company’s production unit in Sheffield, UK. According to Outokumpu, stainless... Read more

Wed, 21 Mar, 2012:

Inauguration of Finland’s largest wind turbine in Vaasa

The wind turbine company Mervento’s pilot turbine was inaugurated in the Öjen area in Vaasa, Finland. The turbine, designed for average winds, produces electricity when the wind is blowing at 4–25 metres per second. The 125-metre-high wind... Read more

Stora Enso to build 1.6 billion euro China mill

Finnish paper company Stora Enso plans to build a 1.6 billion euro integrated consumer board and pulp mill in China. Construction at Beihai city in Guangxi, southern China, is expected to begin later this year with production planned to start in... Read more

Encouraging test results for Neste Oil renewable aviation fuel

The refining and marketing company Neste Oil is satisfied with results of renewable aviation fuel trial. Neste Oil and German carrier Lufthansa tested Neste Oil’s renewable aviation fuel on a total of 1,187 flights - both domestic and... Read more

Tue, 20 Mar, 2012:

Kesko and Stora Enso among world’s most ethical companies

The American Ethisphere Institute has named Kesko and Stora Enso in its list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies of 2012. Hundreds of companies representing more than 100 countries and 35 business sectors were included in the comparison.... Read more

Culture sauna revives communal bathing

Building work has begun on the first new public sauna Helsinki has seen in over 50 years. As part of Helsinki’s year as World Design Capital 2012, architect Tuomas Toivonen and designer Nene Tsuboi are building a bathing house for both... Read more

Iittala’s design receives international red dot awards

Design company Iittala has received international design awards for its product designs. The company’s contemporary designs received prestigious red dot awards from the 30-member jury. The awarded products are Allas candleholder by Norwegian... Read more

Mon, 19 Mar, 2012:

Pöyry to develop wastewater treatment in St. Petersburg

Pöyry has concluded an agreement with local contractors ZAO Vodokanalstroy for the engineering of the reconstruction of St. Petersburg’s Northern Wastewater Treatment Plant’s biological section, as well as for its commissioning and training of... Read more

Three Finnish companies among top 20 apps companies in the world

Three Finnish mobile application developers and gaming companies have made it to Flurry’s top 20 list of best global mobile apps. The PS2 Media Group’s Scoopshot, Ovelin’s Wild Chords and Grey Area’s Shadow Cities all made it to prestigious... Read more

YIT snaps up Swedish company

YIT has acquired Dala Elmontage Lindkvist & Bodin with operations in Stockholm and Dalarna, Sweden. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Dala Elmontage, which was formed in 1972, has revenues of around five million euros and about 30... Read more

Fri, 16 Mar, 2012:

Makia and Etnies join forces

The Helsinki streetwear company Makia Clothing and the US-based Etnies, known for its skateboarding shoes, are embarking on an adventure to create a joint apparel and footwear line. The first collection resulting from the alliance, for the... Read more

Nokia developing its own tablet

Nokia is working to develop its own tablet computer to compete with Apple’s iPad. Marko Ahtisaari, the Executive VP of Design at Nokia confirmed this in an interview with Kauppalehti Optio, the magazine run by Finnish Business Daily,... Read more

Japan stages Finnish art and design exhibition

A huge retrospective of Finnish art and design from the nineteenth century to the present is due to open in Japan at the beginning of April.     The exhibition, entitled The Essence of Finnish Design and Culture will tour five cities, starting... Read more

Thu, 15 Mar, 2012:

Mobile technology company Alekstra aiming to Brazilian markets

The Finnish mobile technology company Alekstra is aiming to enter highly competitive Brazilian markets as a virtual operator. According to an Alekstra press release, a recent visit of Finnish government ministers and business delegation to... Read more

Hakema links real estate sellers and buyers

Startup company Hakema has launched a new product which focuses on appointment bookings for real-estate sellers and buyers. It is designed to solve the problem of how buyers make appointments with sellers when people are searching for apartments... Read more

Wed, 14 Mar, 2012:

Alaska to receive Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel power plant

Wärtsilä is set to design and deliver the equipment for a new power plant in Alaska. The order is valued at USD 106 million and has been placed by member-owned co-operative utility Matanuska Electric Association (MEA). MEA chose Wärtsilä based... Read more

Transfluent translates President Obama’s tweets

The translation company Transfluent has gained extensive publicity since it revealed that it is translating USA President Barack Obama’s tweets in Spanish on Twitter at @Obama_es. According to Kauppalehti, the service has gained in couple of... Read more

NSN supplies mobile network for Turkish railway

The Turkish railway administration, T.C. Devlet Demiryolları (TCDD) is working with Nokia Siemens Networks to build a new communications network for the 158 kilometre high speed rail line between Inonu and Kosekoy. This line is the second phase... Read more

Tue, 13 Mar, 2012:

Finnish company concludes agreement with Angry Birds publisher

Kukouri Mobile Entertainment, a mobile games company based in Kotka, Finland, and Chillingo, the publisher of numerous well-known hit games, have formed a partnership. The news was first reported by Kymen Sanomat . According to the newspaper,... Read more

The science fiction comedy Iron Sky sold to more than 70 countries

The Finnish-German-Australian Iron Sky has been sold to more than 70 countries since its premier at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. The Finnish broadcasting corporation YLE reports, that the films Finnish director credits the... Read more

Metso acquires South Korea’s Valstone

Metso has signed a deal to acquire South Korean valve technology company, Valstone Control for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition strengthens Metso’s control valve and service offering for customers in the oil and gas and power industries as... Read more

Mon, 12 Mar, 2012:

Biotie’s alcohol dependence drug shows promise

The biopharmaceutical company Biotie presented the results of studies into its new Selincro drug for the treatment of alcohol dependence at the European Congress of Psychiatry in Prague. The results showed that after six months of treatment with... Read more

Drinks manufacturer Altia plans to expand into Russia

The Finnish state-owned drinks manufacturer Altia is planning to expand into Eastern Europe and Russia, reports The Helsinki Times. According to the paper, the sales of expensive imported drinks are steadily increasing in these markets. — There... Read more

Outotec to build 80 million euro plant in Zambia

Outotec has signed a contract with the Zambia-based mining company Kansanshi Mining for the design and delivery of a gas cleaning system and a sulphuric acid plant. The deal is worth about 80 million euros. The Zambian company operates a large... Read more

Fri, 09 Mar, 2012:

Nokian summer tyres get top marks in German magazine comparisons

The summer tyres manufactured by Nokian Tyres emerged the winners in tyre comparison tests published in the February–March 2012 issues of three popular German car magazines. The winning scores were published in the German magazines Auto Bild ,... Read more

Angry Birds Space announces from space

Rovio Entertainment has made its launch announcement for its new Angry Birds game, Angry Birds Space, from the International Space Station. Speaking from the space station, Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA used Angry Birds Space to explain the... Read more

Wärtsilä helps tackle Haiti power shortage

Wärtsilä will help to ease the power shortage in Haiti after winning the contract to supply the generating sets for an extension to an existing power plant in Port-au-Prince. Haiti is still recovering from the devastating earthquake of January... Read more

Finnish invasion to California's Silicon Valley

Finnish start-up companies will next week invade California’s Silicon Valley in the trip named as FinnvasionUSA by the Finnish Foreign Ministry. The trip includes 27 Finnish start-up companies, and is lead by Minister for European Affairs and... Read more

Thu, 08 Mar, 2012:

Wello wave energy converter ready for full-scale deployment

Renewable technology developer Wello's Penguin wave energy converter has been granted permission for full-scale deployment by Marine Scotland after the technology was verified by leading certification body Det Norske Veritas (DNV). The device... Read more

Finland to spend 67 million Euros in humanitarian aid

Finland will spend almost 68 million Euros in humanitarian aid to crisis zones. In accordance with a decision made by Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala, the Foreign Ministry will provide crisis humanitarian aid to Africa,... Read more

Lingosaur wins prestigious ICT award

The online translation agency Lingosaur has been granted the European ICT sector’s innovation award, the European Seal of e-Excellence. The award was presented in Hannover, Germany, at the international CeBIT Fair for the IT industry. Lingosaur,... Read more

Finland tops EU for women in boardroom

Finland has a higher percentage of women on company boards than any other EU country. Last year, some 27 per cent of board room seats were occupied by women, according to new figures released by the European Commission. Latvia and Sweden came in... Read more

Wed, 07 Mar, 2012:

Kone fits UK ship, US station & Chinese plaza

The largest British cruise liner ever will be fitted with Kone escalators. The Finnish elevator and escalator company says it recently signed a contract with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to equip the latest ship ordered by Carnival... Read more

Budget bus company expands its services from Helsinki to Turku and Tampere

Tampere based budget bus company Onnibus is planning to offer bus trips from Helsinki to Tampere and Turku costing only for three Euros. The company is applying for permits to offer services on two new routes, and it is aiming to start new... Read more

Tue, 06 Mar, 2012:

Ruukki’s snow sensor garners international interest

The Smart Roof system, developed by the metal industry company Ruukki, assesses the weight of snow on a roof. The system has been positively received in Finland and is now being exported to other Nordic countries. Most recently, Smart Roof has... Read more

Finnish timber exports rise

Finland’s forest industry exports rose by four per cent last year, and the value of the industry rose two per cent on the previous year to 20.8 billion euros. The growth came in the wood products industry, while the value of pulp and paper... Read more

Valmet Automotive opens brand offices in Detroit and Shanghai

Valmet Automotive, a leading service provider for the automotive industry, is expanding its global presence at quick pace. The company has opened brand offices in Detroit, USA and in Shanghai, China. On Monday, the company also announced that it... Read more

Mon, 05 Mar, 2012:

Industrial park under construction near St.Petersburg promotes eastern trade

An industrial park called Industry Park East Management (IPEM), catering for small and medium-sized Finnish engineering and metal companies, is being established in the vicinity of St. Petersburg. Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology... Read more

Metso supplies evaporation plant to Sweden

Metso will supply a new evaporation plant and an upgrade of an existing recovery boiler for Billerud Skärblacka’s mill outside Norrköping in Sweden. The goal is to strengthen the mill for the future by improving environmental performance and... Read more

Kesko recognised for good corporate governance

Kesko, the Finnish supermarket chain, has been awarded a title of “the Best Corporate Governance” in Finland by World Finance Magazine. The magazine’s award is in terms of corporate governance development and reporting. The international... Read more

Fri, 02 Mar, 2012:

Greenhouse gas monitoring organisation to establish headquarters in Finland

The headquarters of the Europe-wide Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) will be located in Finland. The decision was made at an ICOS conference in Paris. ICOS is a network of researchers and research stations set up to monitor the... Read more

Solar power plant chooses Outokumpu stainless steel

Outokumpu is delivering 650 tonnes of stainless steel quarto plates for the construction of a hot nitrate salt storage tank at the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy power plant in Tonapah, Nevada, United States. The salt storage tank is part of a heat... Read more

Finnish paper companies some of the best in the world for transparency

Finnish paper companies are some of the best in the world in regards to environmental transparency. The WWF Environmental Paper Company Index, which rates paper producers on their global ecological footprint, has ranked world’s 19 globally... Read more

Thu, 01 Mar, 2012:

Rovio and Nokia award winners at the Mobile World Congress

Rovio’s Angry Birds game and Nokia’s C3-00 were both awarded prizes at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona on February 28th. Angry Birds Rio was named Best Mobile App for Consumers at the Awards Gala while the Nokia C3-00 was named best... Read more

Scientists find new way to make nanomaterials

Researchers at the NanoScience Centre of the University of Jyväskylä and at Harvard University in the United States have discovered a new way to make nanomaterials. Using computer simulations, the researchers have predicted that long and narrow... Read more

The leading Finnish daily adopting a tabloid-size format

The leading Finnish daily newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, is going to adopt a tabloid-size format next year. The Finnish broadsheet newspaper is following the lead of British and Nordic newspapers, like The Guardian and The Times. According to... Read more

Wed, 29 Feb, 2012:

Aker Arctic helps design new Canadian icebreaker

Aker Arctic Technology has been chosen to join a team led by STX Canada Marine to design the Canadian Coast Guard’s future flagship, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker. Design work, based on a conceptual design produced by the Canadian Coast Guard, is... Read more

Finnish supermarket chains among the world’s top 100 retailers

Finnish supermarket chains S-ryhma and Kesko have made it to the Deloitte’s Global Powers of Retailing 2012 survey which ranks the world’s 250 most powerful retailers around the world. S-ryhma is ranked as number 85 and Kesko as number 91 in the... Read more

Ixonos launches smart phone platform

Mobile phone manufacturer Ixonos has launched a mobile phone platform utilizing the Android 4.0 operating system.  The Ixonos Smartphone Platform has been developed with an eye for those consumer brands, for example, who plan to launch smart... Read more

Tue, 28 Feb, 2012:

Nokia launches new phones and services

Nokia has unveiled a new, low-end Lumia phone, three new phones designed for emerging markets and a new Symbian phone with a 41 megapixel camera sensor, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona The Lumia 610 will be Nokia’s lowest-priced... Read more

Finland ranks fourth in Global Cleantech Index

Finland has ranked fourth in The Cleantech Global Innovation Index produced by WWF and the Cleantech Group. The report praised Finland’s supportive environment and high concentration of new cleantech companies, though it said the country could... Read more

Kone delivers elevators to veterans’ medical centre in New Orleans

Kone is delivering elevators to veterans’ medical centre in New Orleans. The company will install 43 elevators in the new Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System Replacement Hospital. Kone’s work on the medical centre will begin in the... Read more

Mon, 27 Feb, 2012:

Ranua zoo’s polar bear cub stumbles out of its den

The polar bear cub born at Ranua zoo on November 18th, 2011 padded its way out from its den on February 23rd this year for the first time.  The cub’s mother, Venus, has been caring for her cub for three months inside and the cub now weighs... Read more

Angry Birds head to final frontier

Two years after its terrestrial launch, Angry Birds is heading into outer space. Rovio, the Finnish company which created the Angry Birds empire, says Angry Birds Space will be released simultaneously in mobile gaming, animation, retail and... Read more

Finland claims world’s number two spot for mining jurisdiction

Finland is the world’s number two spot for mining investment after Canada’s New Brunswick. The Fraser Institutes Survey of Mining Companies: 2011/2012 reveals world’s top ten jurisdictions for mining. On the third place is Alberta (Canada),... Read more

Fri, 24 Feb, 2012:

NSN launches technology that saves 15 percent in operating costs

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is launching a Self-Organizing Networks (SON) technology that automates core network operations. The new technology helps operators to automatically and rapidly allocate core network resources to meet unpredictable... Read more

ThingLink brings new possibilities to Facebook fan pages

The Fenno-American start-up ThingLink has launched a net based tool for companies and artists that will allow them to embed various items on their Facebook pages. Among those using the new ThingLink tool include big names in the music business... Read more

Paris exhibits Akseli Gallen-Kallela

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris is holding an exhibition devoted to Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela.  The exhibition, which has transferred from Helsinki Art Museum, is the first ever show in Paris devoted to his work. Gallen-Kallela, who was... Read more

Thu, 23 Feb, 2012:

Nokia’s Lumia has made a good start in Europe

Nokia Lumia has made a good start in the UK smartphone market. According to Kantar World Panel, the sales of Nokia’s Windows 7 Phone have grown 450 percent year-on-year and Lumia has now 2.2 percent market share in Britain. The New York Times... Read more

Raute secures largest order ever

Raute says a recent order for plywood mill machinery and equipment from Chilean-based Paneles Arauco is the biggest-ever in the company’s history. Valued at over 50 million euros, the equipment will be used to rebuild Paneles Arauco’s Nueva... Read more

Travel to Finland on the rise

The number of foreign tourists staying in Finland grew around ten percent in 2011 compared with the previous year.  This percentage increase was the largest in the Nordic countries as Denmark, in second place, experienced an increase of around... Read more

Wed, 22 Feb, 2012:

Finnish startups get help in Big Apple

Help is at hand for Finnish startups establishing themselves in the United States. Finland’s financial weekly Talouselämä reports on an incubator called Nest New York set up by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and... Read more

Ehovoc delivers cleantech plant to Taiwan

Ehovoc, an international environmental technology provider, has made a breakthrough into the Asian markets with the biggest sale in the company’s history. The Finnish cleantech company is delivering volatile organic compounds (VOC) treatment... Read more

Tue, 21 Feb, 2012:

Enevo secures angel funding 

One man’s garbage is another man’s gold. Enevo, a Finnish company creating smart sensors to improve the logistics of the waste management industry, has just closed a 200,000 euro angel round with Lifeline and four angel investors. Waste... Read more

Finnair and Japan Airlines deepen their co-operation

Finnair, and its oneworld partner Japan Airlines (JAL), are deepening their co-operation. According to a Finnair press release, Japan Airlines will start flying from Tokyo to Helsinki four times a week beginning March 2013. Finnair and JAL have... Read more

Mon, 20 Feb, 2012:

Outotec to provide slag concentration technology for Chile

Outotec is to supply technology for the leading copper producer in the world, the Chilean company Codelco, in connection with the slag concentrator used at the Potrerillos copper smelter that the company is having built.  The contract is worth... Read more

Angry Birds get a themed area in Särkänniemi amusement park

Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds get their own “land” in Särkänniemi amusement park, located in Tampere, Finland. The Angry Birds Land will be opened in this summer and it is designed especially for smaller children. Särkänniemi’s summer season... Read more

VTT transforms phone into microscope

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an optical accessory that turns an ordinary camera phone into a high-resolution microscope. The device is accurate to one hundredth of a millimetre. KeepLoop, a new Finnish company based in... Read more

Fri, 17 Feb, 2012:

Kone delivers new lifts to a 100-meter high hotel tower in Sweden

Kone is delivering 23 eco-efficient elevators to the Gothia Towers hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden. The order has been placed by the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Peab. A new 100-meter high tower will be added to the hotel complex, making... Read more

Finland has largest share of economy based on ICT

Finland leads the world in the share of its economy based on the production of goods and services related to information and communication technology (ICT), according to the latest United Nations statistics. Nearly ten percent of the country’s... Read more

Thu, 16 Feb, 2012:

Mendor continues its rapid growth with a new partnership in UK

The Finnish diabetes technology company Mendor continues its rapid growth. The company announced an international partnership distribution agreement with a leading pharmaceutical company in the diabetes field, Merck Serono, covering the United... Read more

Finnair to offer smoother departures for its customers

Finnair, the Finnish national carrier, is renewing its pre-flight services at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in order to offer smoother departures for its customers. All the economy class service desks will be changed into Baggage Drop desks where any... Read more

VTT sets up foam forming project

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is working with industry to develop new recyclable and lightweight wood fibre products Between them, they have set up a new pilot scale technology platform for foam forming applications. The project hopes... Read more

Wed, 15 Feb, 2012:

Tammermatic to co-operate with Statoil

Washing equipment solution manufacturers Tammermatic have signed a three year co-operation agreement with the Norwegian company Statoil, to include an optional two year extension.  The Tampere-based company will supply Statoil service stations... Read more

Cabforce teams up with Estonian Air

Just weeks after its official launch, Finnish start-up Cabforce.com appears to be going from strength to strength. The online booking service for taxis, executive cars and minibuses says Estonian Air is the first airline to give public access on... Read more

Finnish runner crosses Sahara solo

A Finnish ultra-distance runner has become the first person to run solo across the Sahara desert. Forty-eight year old Jukka Viljanen completed the 1,600-kilometre distance in 31 days. His route took him from the Moroccan town of Tan-Tan in the... Read more

Tue, 14 Feb, 2012:

Renewa to supply biofuel boiler to Latvia

Renewa, a supplier of local energy solutions for biofuel burning heating and power plants, has signed an agreement with the Latvian company Rigas Siltums.  Renewa will supply a 20 megawatt district heating boiler that will primarily burn... Read more

Ovelin gets $1.4 million in seed funding

Ovelin, developer of the award-winning guitar learning game WildChords has received 1.4 million dollars in seed funding from Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm True Ventures.  The company will use the funds to further develop its current... Read more

Neste Oil wins a high sustainability ranking in FFD report

Neste Oil has been ranked among the world's top performers in terms of its forest footprint reporting in the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) 2011 Report. The company was named the second-best company in the oil & gas sector in the latest FFD... Read more

Mon, 13 Feb, 2012:

Angry Birds win New York toy awards

Rovio’s smash hit Angry Birds game has won in two categories at the Toy of the Year awards in New York. Angry Birds picked up the Property of the Year award for the successful promotion of its brand throughout the industry. In addition, the... Read more

Beneq, Normet and Finnish gaming cluster got President’s award

Three Finnish companies have won the President’s internationalization awards for 2011. The awards were presented by the President Tarja Halonen to Beneq, which manufactures thin film coating equipment, Normet, which specializes in underground... Read more

A new ski resort is planned to Äkäslompolo in Lapland

The state-owned enterprise, Metsähallitus, is planning to build a new ski and holiday resort to Äkäslompolo in Ylläs area, Lapland.  According to Helsinki Times, the new resort build in Ylläs area, will consist of on-piste hotels, holiday homes... Read more

Fri, 10 Feb, 2012:

Music Kickstarter announces world’s first cloud-based record company

Music Kickstarter has announced the world’s first cloud-based record company. The service is particularly directed towards semi-professional and amateur musicians. Music Kickstarter is a social platform that can be used for creating music and... Read more

Ivana Helsinki opens its first concept store in New York

The Finnish design brand Ivana Helsinki is opening its first concept store in New York. Tiina Kosonen, the Marketing Director of Ivana Helsinki, has confirmed to Kauppalehti, the Finnish Business Daily, that the new shop will be located in... Read more

Sanako supplies language labs to schools in Vietnam

Sanako has delivered its Study 1200 language lab to 14 schools in Vietnam as part of a joint educational project with IIG Vietnam and the Ha Dong District Government to support English language learning and teaching. In the first phase of the... Read more

Thu, 09 Feb, 2012:

Eight Finnish companies among the Nordic cleantech superstars

Eight Finnish companies have been chosen to the top 25 cleantech start-ups from the Nordic Cleantech Open competition. A jury consisting of more than 60 influential representatives from multinational companies and venture capital were involved... Read more

Alma Media acquires Baltic recruitment service

Finnish media group, Alma Media, has acquired CV Online, the leading internet recruitment service company in the Baltic countries. The value of the deal was not announced but CV Online estimates its 2011 revenue at about two million euros, a... Read more

Wed, 08 Feb, 2012:

Metso supplies equipment for Brazilian power plant

Metso has signed a contract with Consórcio Construtor Belo Monte to supply equipment for the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant in Brazil. Worth about 30 million euros, it is the biggest contract Metso has signed in the... Read more

UPM to build the world’s first biorefinery producing wood-based biodiesel

UPM is to build the world’s first biorefinery producing wood-based biodiesel. The biorefinery will produce annually approximately 100,000 tonnes of advanced second generation biodiesel for transport. Construction of the biorefinery will begin in... Read more

Tue, 07 Feb, 2012:

Success of Finnsurf continues in Australia

The Finnish surf documentary Finnsurf was named best documentary at the Yallingup Surf Film Festival in Australia at the end of January. Finnsurf is the first Finnish surf documentary.  It follows five passionate surfers who surf off Finland’s... Read more

Outlook positive as Nokia tops mobile shipment list

A number of leading market research companies are predicting a smartphone revival for Nokia. The forecasts come as the latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) show that Nokia remained the undisputed leader for total mobile... Read more

India Times names VR best railway company in the world

The India Times has ranked Finland’s national rail operator Valtion Rautatiet (VR) as a best railway company in the world. The ranking is based on technology, ticket prices, routes, passenger services and comfort. “Finland is one of those... Read more

Mon, 06 Feb, 2012:

Sauli Niinistö is Finland's 12th president

Finnish voters have elected Sauli Niinistö from the moderate conservative National Coalition Party as the nation's 12th president in a decisive second round on Sunday. The 63-year-old former finance minister defeated the Green’s Pekka Haavisto... Read more

Paroc expands in Russia

Paroc Group is expanding its operations in Russia after securing its position as the leading insulation supplier in the Baltic Sea region. The group has decided to invest in a production plant in Tver region, northwest of Moscow. According to... Read more

Finnish blobo gaming show debuts in Chinese TV

The leading motion control gaming system producer Ball-IT will get its debut in Chinese TV with its gaming innovation blobo. Ball-IT. which based in Oulu, has signed a partnership agreement with the Shanghai Media Group’s children’s channel... Read more

Fri, 03 Feb, 2012:

Angry Birds flock to Facebook

Angry Birds are finally set to arrive on Facebook, with Rovio planning to introduce the games to the world’s most popular social network on Valentine’s Day, February 14. One report says Rovio is planning to introduce the blockbuster title in... Read more

Five Finnish games compete for the International Mobile Gaming Award

Five Finnish games are competing for the International Mobile Gaming Award (IMGA) in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress held on 1st of March 2012. According to the pocketgamer.biz website, almost 500 games in total were submitted for review,... Read more

Leena Lehtolainen’s best sellers on sale in the US

Amazon Publishing has bought the World English rights to detective novelist Leena Lehtolainen’s Maria Kallio books and the Bodyguard trilogy. The goal is to launch the first books in the USA already during this year with an advertising campaign... Read more

Thu, 02 Feb, 2012:

VTT and Aalto University develop plastic-like packing material

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University have developed a method in which a transparent plastic-like material can be manufactured using birch fibril pulp. The wood-based packing material can be manufactured on a large... Read more

Finland plans ambitious electric vehicle tests

Finland has launched a major testing project for electric vehicles and charging equipment with the aim of creating a unified testing environment for more than 400 vehicles and 850 charging points over the next four years. The project will create... Read more

Marimekko plans to open 15 stores in Hong Kong and mainland China

Marimekko, the Finnish design and clothing company is planning to open 15 stores in Hong Kong and mainland China by the end of 2016. Marimekko has expanded rapidly to Asia and has already 22 stores in Japan and South Korea. In the first eight... Read more

Wed, 01 Feb, 2012:

Outokumpu and ThyssenKrupp's Inoxum form a European stainless steel giant

Outokumpu confimed on Tuesday that it is forming a stainless steel giant with ThyssenKrupp's Inoxum. Outokumpu has agreed to buy Inoxum - a stainless steel unit of ThyssenKrupp - in a EUR 2.7 billion deal. ThyssenKrupp will retain a 29.9 percent... Read more

Traffic system helps drivers in tough climate

Help should soon be at hand for motorists who have to deal with tough weather and road conditions. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, software company Mobisoft specializing in wireless data transfer and the Finnish Meteorological... Read more

Former President’s son appointed to Nokia’s leadership team

Nokia has appointed Marko Ahtisaari as an Executive Vice President of Design and a member of the Nokia Leadership Team. He reports directly to Nokia’s President and CEO Stephen Elop. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Artek and WITNESS.... Read more

Tue, 31 Jan, 2012:

Blaast mobile app launch in Indonesia

Start-up company Blaast has signed a major deal with the Indonesian telecoms operator XL.  Under the terms of the agreement, XL’s more than 43 million users will be able to start using the app developed by Blaast for basic mobiles. XL is the... Read more

Startup Sauna gets entrepreneurs funded

New companies which are chosen for promotion by Finland’s Startup Sauna programme hugely increase their chances of getting funding, according to a new study. The study by Aalto University which helps fund Startup Sauna, said companies from... Read more

Mon, 30 Jan, 2012:

Solved service gets help from environmental technology experts

Cleantech Finland has just launched the web-based Solved expert service. The service is a discussion platform where companies and private individuals can ask environmental technology experts for help related to environmental challenges. At the... Read more

Neste Oil climbs up sustainability list

For the sixth consecutive year, Neste Oil has been selected for inclusion in the Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable companies. Neste Oil was the highest ranked Finnish company, improving its position by one place to 19 compared with... Read more

Fri, 27 Jan, 2012:

Wärtsilä wins Great Lakes contract

Canada’s Algoma Central Corporation has chosen Wärtsilä to supply complete propulsion systems with integrated air pollution control devices or scrubbers for six Great Lakes vessels.  These are the first integrated scrubbers Wärtsilä has supplied... Read more

Berlin premiere for Tampere film

The long-in-the-making science fiction film Iron Sky  will get its world premiere in February at the Berlin film festival. The film will be screened in the Special Panorama category. — It’s fantastic that this product of decades of work should... Read more

Helsinki Airport serves more routes and passengers

Helsinki Airport's connections to Europe are set to improve this year as Norwegian, Estonian Air and Lufthansa introduce new routes. Estonian Air reopens its route between Tallinn and Helsinki, with 18 weekly fights starting from 26 March 2012.... Read more

Thu, 26 Jan, 2012:

Golf pace of play meter sparks international interest

The Greeni pace of play meter developed by Oulu-based Viherio Technologies Oy has gained a firm foothold among UK golf clubs.  The company explains that it will be increasingly targeting international markets in the future and that the service... Read more

Chinese stations and US hospital choose Kone

Kone has been selected to deliver 71 escalators and 40 elevators to Beijing’s first magnetic levitation train line. They will be delivered to eight stations along the S1 line, a 20 kilometre low-noise line located in the less developed western... Read more

Pöyry lands metro line deal in Vietnam

Engineering consultant Pöyry has won a contract to provide services for the design, tender documentation and site supervision phases for Line Two of the Ho Chi Minh City Metro in Vietnam. Pöyry's share of the assignment is approximately 13... Read more

Wed, 25 Jan, 2012:

Metso supplies largest recovered fuel fired boiler

Metso has secured an order from Sweden’s Mälarenergi to deliver the world’s largest recovered- fuel-fired boiler for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Västerås. Under the deal, Metso will provide the heating plant that will serve as a... Read more

Peikko wins orders for the world’s largest pulp mill

Peikko Group Oy, who manufacture concrete structures, have won significant orders for a pulp mill project in Uruguay.   The Montes del Plata pulp mill in Punta Pereira is a joint venture of Stora Enso and Arauco of Chile and it is scheduled to... Read more

Cargotec seals raft of new orders

Cargotec has secured major port crane orders to Mexico, the Philippines and Vietnam. The company has received two separate orders from one of the world's leading container terminal operators, International Container Services Inc (ICTSI). The... Read more

Tue, 24 Jan, 2012:

Outokumpu and ThyssenKrupp talk stainless steel merger

Stainless steel supplier Outokumpu and German steel maker ThyssenKrupp have confirmed that they are in talks over a possible merger of their stainless steel businesses. Outokumpu said it was in preliminary discussions to evaluate potential... Read more

Biotie tests drug for cocaine dependence

Biopharmaceutical company Biotie Therapies has signed a deal with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the United States to test a drug which is designed to treat cocaine dependence. NIDA will fund the 11-week trial in 180... Read more

Niinistö and Haavisto through to second round of presidential elections

Sauli Niinistö from the National Coalition and Pekka Haavisto from the Green Party were the two candidates who received most votes in the first round of Finland's presidential elections yesterday. In doing so they go through to the second,... Read more

Mon, 23 Jan, 2012:

Kiosked and Transfluent in final of international mobile competition

Kiosked, who have reshaped web advertising and Transfluent who specialize in translation in the social media have both been selected as finalists in the international mobile innovation competition the CODE_n Award. A jury composed of technology... Read more

Nokia remains India’s most trusted brand

For the second year running, Nokia has emerged as the most trusted brand in India followed by the Tata Group. That’s according to The Brand Trust Report, India Study 2012, compiled by Brand Trust Advisory. Korean companies LG and Samsung were... Read more

Hammerkit raises 1.25 million euros in funding

Hammerkit, a Finnish cloud technology provider for the PR and marketing industry, has raised 1.25 million euros in new venture capital funding. The company which opened an office at Liverpool Science Park in the UK in October 2010, plans to... Read more

Fri, 20 Jan, 2012:

Basware grows in Germany

Software house Basware has signed an agreement with the German e-Invoice network operator First Businesspost GmbH ('1stbp') to acquire the German company’s entire share capital. The deal is valued at some 12 million euros. 1stbp employs a total... Read more

Oulu named high-tech finalist

New York-based think tank, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), has named Oulu among its top seven intelligent communities of the year. The ICF’s Top Seven are communities which provide a model of economic and social development using... Read more

Helsinki University aims for the top 50

The University of Helsinki aims to be among the fifty best universities in the world by 2020. The university’s board of directors has approved this strategic goal for the years 2013-2016. — This is a tough goal but not an unrealistic one, says... Read more

Thu, 19 Jan, 2012:

Wärtsilä to deliver five power plants to Bangladesh

Wärtsilä has won five contracts to supply power plant generating equipment to Bangladesh. The total overall output of these plants will be more than 450 MW, and all of them will produce electricity to be supplied to the national grid. The... Read more

Unique geothermal energy research centre for Vaasa

The University of Vaasa has awarded four years of funding to start up a geothermal energy laboratory both for research into and implementation of geothermal energy possibilities on the campus area. Project Researcher Antti Savola believes the... Read more

Exhibition highlights Finnish architecture abroad

A new exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture examines Finnish architecture around the world. The Seven Connections exhibition focuses on a variety of buildings from an opera house in China to an art museum in Estonia and an... Read more

Wed, 18 Jan, 2012:

Finland tops success index

According to the Failed States Index 2011, Finland is the most successful country in the world. The index ranks countries according to an assessment of their social, economic and political situation. According to the survey, Finland’s levels of... Read more

Reducing friction slashes fuel consumption 

Scientists in Finland and the United States say it should be possible to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of cars by 18 per cent within the next five to 10 years and up to 61 per cent within 15 to 25 years just by introducing new... Read more

Finnair ranks second for safety

Finnair has been ranked the second safest airline in the world by German aviation magazine Aero International based on statistics provided by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC). The JACDEC Safety Index takes into account the... Read more

Tue, 17 Jan, 2012:

Konecranes wins orders from Germany and Mozambique

Lifting equipment manufacturer Konecranes has won an order to supply straddle carriers from the German Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg GmbH.  Konecranes is also of interest in Mozambique as the end of 2011 saw the company win an order for... Read more

Vianor opens 900th outlet in Romania

Tyre chain Vianor, part of the Nokian Tyres group, has announced the opening of its 900th outlet in Bucharest, Romania.  Vianor has strengthened its position in the Balkans by increasing its partner network in Bulgaria and by expanding to... Read more

New plywood house trialled

UPM has supported a project by Danish architects Eentileen.dk to develop a new plywood house building system with low environmental impact. A pilot project called Print a House has seen the construction of a wooden villa in Denmark using UPM’s... Read more

Mon, 16 Jan, 2012:

Web of Trust tops 30 million downloads

The Web of Trust (WOT) safe surfing tool topped the 30 million download figure, according to the business journal Kauppalehti. The number of users of the service is growing rapidly as it was  August 2008 when the service reached one million... Read more

Neste Oil's renewable fuel powers intercontinental flight

Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel has been used for the first time to power an intercontinental flight. Last week Lufthansa flew a regular scheduled service from Frankfurt to Washington D.C. using the fuel. Lufthansa calculates that... Read more

VTI Technologies launches smallest gyro

VTI Technologies has announced the launch of the world’s smallest gyro which halves power consumption when compared to other consumer gyros on the market. The company says the CMR3100, a new digital 3-axis consumer gyro, has raised the bar for... Read more

Fri, 13 Jan, 2012:

Angry Birds get sweeter

Finland's largest confectionary company, Fazer, has signed a deal with Rovio Entertainment to produce sweets based on its hit mobile game Angry Birds. The characters and flavours will come from the Angry Birds world, and the  birds’ characters... Read more

Metso supplies dam project in Venezuela

Metso has signed a contract with Camargo Corrêa and Hydrologic Company to supply equipment to a new crushing and screening plant in Venezuela. The new plant is part of a project, which includes the construction of a dam to supply water to... Read more

Thu, 12 Jan, 2012:

WHO approves AIDS drug made by Finnish-Kenyan company

A Kenyan drugmaker which receives most of its external funding from Finnish finance development company, Finnfund, has received approval for an AIDS drug by the World Health Organization (WHO). Universal Corporation Ltd (UCL), a maker of... Read more

Light gadget could improve reaction times

Valkee , the maker of a light headset for seasonal affective disorder, says its gadget has also improved ice hockey players' reaction times. The company s ays professional hockey players from the Finnish national league improved their reaction... Read more

Wed, 11 Jan, 2012:

Marimekko pops up at Selfridges in London

Design company Marimekko has opened a pop-up at Selfridges department store in the heart of London in Oxford Street. The 124 square metre pop-up will be open for half a year and will focus on home and interior decoration products.  Designed to... Read more

Study favours Guggenheim in Helsinki

A new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki would make a distinct contribution to Finland’s cultural landscape, according to a study commissioned by the City of Helsinki and undertaken by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The report proposes that a... Read more

Tue, 10 Jan, 2012:

Nokia introduces Lumia 900

In its bid to crack the US market, Nokia has teamed up with telecom giant AT&T to launch the Lumia 900 at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The first of Nokia’s Windows Phone devices with high-speed 4G LTE... Read more

Breakthrough for researchers into aging mechanisms

According to research carried out by the University of Helsinki, the energy metabolism is unexpectedly important in regulating stem cell function.  The research showed that aging-related tissue degeneration can be caused by mitochondrial... Read more

Mendor starts Baltic region cooperation

Diabetes technology company Mendor has made a distribution agreement in the Baltic region with the international health care company Mediq. The agreement covers distribution of Mendor’s products in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Mendor’s... Read more

Mon, 09 Jan, 2012:

Nokia expected to unveil Lumia 900 at CES

Nokia is expected to launch its new flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 900, later today at the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow in Las Vegas. Specifications and pictures of the device also known as the Nokia Ace have leaked out ahead... Read more

Design makes Helsinki travel hot spot

Helsinki has ranked second in a New York Times listing of the 45 places to visit in 2012. Citing design, design and design, the newspaper says Helsinki is poised for the spotlight following its designation as the World Design Capital for 2012. ... Read more

Fri, 06 Jan, 2012:

Picosun helps create more efficient solar cells

Picosun says that along with scientific and industrial partners it has been able to increase the efficiency of solar cells and reduce the costs of their manufacturing. The Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) manufacturer has reported the final results... Read more

Chewing gum reduces ear infection risk in children

Using data from more than 3,000 Finnish children in day care, researchers in Canada say children who chew gum or take other products laden with natural sweetener xylitol, including lozenges or syrop, have a 25 per cent lower risk of developing... Read more

Thu, 05 Jan, 2012:

Ruukki win Swedish mail terminal contract

Rautaruukki has signed a contract worth about five million euros for delivery of a new mail terminal to be built in Hallsberg in central Sweden. The new building will total around 30,000 square metres. The building, which is scheduled for... Read more

Finnish architects to design stargazers hotel

Finnish architects have been chosen to design a hotel for researchers working at the international astronomy facility ALMA in Chile. The proposal by Helsinki-based Kouvo & Partanen Architects won an international competition. The hotel residence... Read more

Entrepreneurial brothers from Ylläsjärvi build snow village in Canada

Midway through January a snow village will open up in Montreal, Canada, the building work for which has been managed by the entrepreneurial brothers behind Ylläsjärvi’s Lainio snow village, Rami and Tomi Kurtakko. Snow Village is based on a... Read more

Wed, 04 Jan, 2012:

Gold and flying high

The 2011 news year is all wrapped up and there has been enough good news written to satisfy everyone.  The editors would like to remind you of these happy bits of news from the past year: – Angry Birds broke the bank Angry Birds gave a storm... Read more

Helsinki Airport to introduce book swap and art gallery

Helsinki Airport says it will soon begin implementing some of the ideas for making air travel more convenient suggested by its team of Quality Hunters. In October, Helsinki Airport and Finnair hired seven applicants to travel the world and come... Read more

Stora Enso signs 150 million euro loan deal

Stora Enso, the global packaging, paper and wood company, has signed an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a 150 million euro loan to be used for its new container board machine investment project at Ostrołęka Mill in Poland.... Read more

Tue, 03 Jan, 2012:

Under the surface of Finnish design

The Finnish Design Unwrapped exhibition opening on Wednesday will feature the most exciting Finnish design of the moment portrayed through Jani Kaila’s photographs and selected design objects. The exhibition will mark the commencement of the... Read more

Angry Birds fight extinction

Angry Birds creator, Rovio Entertainment, has teamed up with Birdlife International to try to save the world’s most threatened birds from extinction. Rovio has launched a new Angry Birds website to educate fans about endangered species and how... Read more

Ramirent strengthens its presence in Sweden

Equipment rental group Ramirent has acquired Sweden-based TLM (Tannefors Lift- och Maskinuthyrning), a leading machine rental company in the Östergötland region. The acquisition strengthens Ramirent’s local offering and positioning among small... Read more

Mon, 02 Jan, 2012:

Kone wins Moscow business centre deal

Kone has won an order to supply 40 elevators and four escalators to the Kutuzovsky Business Centre in Moscow, Russia. The building, which is expected to open at the end of 2013, will house a shopping centre, restaurants and a sports centre on... Read more

Outotec makes acquisitions in the US and Australia

Outotec has announced two end-of-year deals, acquiring a supplier of renewable energy technologies in the United States and a furnace refractory demolition business in Australia. The global leader in minerals and metals processing technology ... Read more