Archive: Themes of the Month

Showing 1-5/12 articles from January 2012

Saku Tuominen: Redesigning the work week

A broader concept of design allows us to, say, redesign the work week. The Redesigning 925 project surprised even Saku Tuominen, who is passionate about creative thinking and executing bold ideas. It all started when the World Design Capital... Read more

Success through measuring design

Finland is set to become a leader in the measurement of design through the creation of a common language between design and business. The tool is presently in the prototype phase, but expectations are already high. Design ROI, a joint project of... Read more

Major project reaches its objectives

For Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti, the World Design Capital year is nearing its end. The objective for the year was to make the world a better place through design and to have an impact on each and every person at least in some... Read more

Safe recycling of accumulators and batteries

Batteries and accumulators, which are classified as hazardous waste, can today be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner without heat, chemicals or water. The technology developed by AkkuSer Oy has brought recycling to the next level,... Read more

Algae spawn opportunities

The wastewaters of paper and pulp mills may soon serve as a source of valuable omega-3 supplement and biofertilizers. The commercial potential in Finland alone may amount to hundreds of millions of euros. Cursor Oy, the Kotka-Hamina Regional... Read more

Smart waste management

First came the need to find an exponentially growing market area, which was followed by a company, a practical idea and, as the result of a few years of diligent development work, a service that is revolutionising the logistics of waste... Read more

Industry promotes sustainable development

Energy and material efficiency and the sustainable use of natural resources are key drivers of industrial operations today. Finland is home to a new approach that is only beginning to make its way into discussions elsewhere in the world. ... Read more

Robots save us from mountains of waste

Jufo Peltomaa is a happy man. He has had the privilege of taking part in the establishment of a unique company specialising in waste recycling. The robot intelligence created by ZenRobotics leaves behind all of its competition. World domination... Read more

Rails Girls takes over the world

The Rails Girls movement, which inspires women to start programming, has become a global phenomenon in just a couple of years. The workshops, organised by volunteers, are highly in demand all over the world. No wonder that the movement’s... Read more

Innolukio cooks up a brainstorm

August saw the launch of Innolukio, a unique Finnish invention. It opens up the doors of upper secondary schools to society, universities and businesses and gives free reign to the expertise of more than 120 000 students. The project’s founders... Read more

Companies are the new school

The Enterprise Society learning environment and The Confederation of Finnish Industries’ youth programme re present globally unique operating models. The aim of the award-winning programmes is to increase co-operation between companies and... Read more

Education export gets off to a flying start

Finnish education expertise is emerging as a new and exciting export product. One of the engines behind this new development is Finpro’s three-year Future Learning Finland programme. The markets are already showing promise in Saudi Arabia.... Read more

Finland promotes open government

The goal of open government is to foster dialogue between the State and its citizens, and to encourage citizens’ involvement. Finland strives to become a model of open democracy. The volunteer organisation Open Ministry is one of the engines... Read more

Journalism opens up to readers

Open journalism allows readers to make themselves heard and offers journalists new opportunities. Even though open journalism is only in its infancy, experts believe in its rapidly developing future. — Open journalism refers to participatory... Read more

Knowledge leads to new business

Open knowledge is a major business opportunity for Finland. That is the belief of, among others, Leading Specialist Ossi Kuittinen, Director of Information Society Development at Sitra. He considers open knowledge a bigger issue than the... Read more

Opening up society in Helsinki

The world’s first Open Knowledge Festival will take place in Helsinki in September. Its goal is to stimulate the opening up of society in Finland and elsewhere in the world. ― Open knowledge is a relatively new concept, but it plays a... Read more

Health-care tourism booming

Finland’s health-care services are particularly popular among Russians. Although demand has grown immensely in the past few years, the available offering is still in its infancy. The markets are expected to triple in size by the year 2020. ―... Read more

Strong demand for investments in Russia

Russia is becoming an increasingly significant investment target for Finnish companies. Our neighbour to the east is an important growth market for the companies Tikkurila and Stockmann. The largest single investor, however, thanks to its... Read more

Maritime industry seeks winds of change

Finland and Russia share a long history in the maritime industry. Increased momentum is currently being sought through new means, such as the joint venture company Arctech Helsinki Shipyard and the St Petersburg project, which aims to create... Read more

Russian tourists flock to Finland

Russians make up the largest visitor group in Finland. Russian tourism has an especially large impact on Southeast Finland due to its geographical vicinity. Finland’s appeal to visitors lies in its nature, tranquillity, safety and good... Read more

Growing trade with Russia

Russia, soon to become a member of the World Trade Organization, is an important growth market for Finnish companies. ― Our geographical location and extensive experience with Russia also create a good basis for future growth, says Russia Expert... Read more
Showing 1-5/12 articles from January 2012