Major market for mobile money
In emerging markets, mobile phones are commonplace, but bank accounts are not. Oulu-based Mistral Mobile has developed a solution that enables safe money transfers and payments using a mobile phone, regardless of the operator. In addition to promoting business, the solution enhances welfare.
An extra boost for growth companies
Oulu is currently experiencing a major boom in entrepreneurship. Within just a few years, the city has become a globally unparalleled ecosystem propelling startup companies to success. The results are promising.
Oulu – a miracle in the making
Oulu, dubbed the Capital of Northern Scandinavia, has set its sights on becoming globally competitive, diversely entrepreneurial and an urban business centre that creates jobs and exports. The city is well on its way to achieving that vision.
Peter von Bagh: the Spirit of Sodankylä always works its magic
Peter von Bagh, the ‘grand old man’ of Finnish film, has been at the helm of the legendary Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä since its very beginning in 1986. Each year the film fest’s unique spirit attracts the most coveted names of the motion pictures world to Lapland.
Chilling at the festival
Taking food supplies to festivals or on holiday will soon be given a new dimension when Icebridge releases its super cooler bag for general sale. Thanks to this non-electric innovation, food can be kept chilled for 4–5 days, even during the hottest days of summer.
Flow has the power to attract
Now in its 10th year, Flow music and city-culture festival – which takes place in August – is always organised in high spirits and features the freshest acts. As well as music, the four-day Helsinki-fest also offers visual arts, cinema, design and food culture.
Summer festivals light up your life
In summer, the light, sun and warmth cause Finland to go wild. Where else but in Festival Finland can you find world championships in wife carrying and air guitar? Prepare to receive nothing but good news.
McAfee acquires Finnish company Stonesoft
In May, the world’s largest security technology company McAfee put in a bid to acquire fellow network security company Stonesoft. The deal was confirmed on Tuesday 25 June. Stonesoft’s founder Ilkka Hiidenheimo eagerly looks forward to the challenges created by the acquisition.
Job opportunities abound for data security experts
Data security offers a myriad of opportunities. A company does not need to be a giant to be an industry leader. Good technology and solid experts in the field are always in demand. The Finnish companies Codenomicon and Silverskin are leading the way.
Mikko Hyppönen knows cyber-threats
Following the bombshell news in the US about systematic surveillance on popular websites by US intelligence agencies, Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer for F-Secure, became an even busier man. As usual, demand for the expert’s statements on the matter was high.
Cybersecurity is an asset
“A good cyber-operating environment improves Finland’s international appeal as an investment target. What we’re talking about is a new business area that is gaining momentum and will also introduce high-competence jobs,” says Mikko Kosonen, president of Sitra.