Out with participation

Simo Vassinen / 
March 28, 2013

I got sick of Helsinki. So last autumn, I handed over my apartment to a Norwegian friend and fled town with just a suitcase and backpack in tow. The...

Just five steps to health technology success

Terhi Kajaste / 
March 21, 2013

I was recently involved in the launch of the Living Lab environment at Vantaa’s Katriina hospital. It provides a real hospital environment for testing and implementing new technology-based innovations....

Thinking Outside the Box

Timo Helosuo / 
March 14, 2013

Thinking Outside the Box is an approach often used to develop new products or improve the competitiveness of an organisation. It sounds easy, but if it doesn’t lead to...

Idea – invention – innovation?

Miia Fohlin / 
March 7, 2013

I once tried to explain the difference between an innovation and an invention to a person I didn’t know. The person wanted to apply for a job at the...

Startups are disrupting more than just the gaming industry

Kristoffer Lawson / 
February 28, 2013

Finland has gotten a lot of positive attention in foreign media recently with the rise of gaming powerhouses like Rovio and Supercell. Happily, the startup buzz in Finland is...

Warning: log houses have positive health effects

Pekka Elo / 
February 21, 2013

Experience has shown that living in houses that consist largely of wood offer people health benefits. The reason for this is that solid wood log structures create good indoor...

Why not?

Henriikka Ahtiainen / 
February 14, 2013

Over the past few months, I’ve been wondering how presentable Finns sometimes become once they cross over into another country. The social culture of the Finnish community in Berlin...

Environmental technology solves big-city problems

Eero Pekkola / 
February 7, 2013

Oilon has been doing business in China for over two decades. We have received numerous requests from customers for solutions that help to quickly mitigate the effects of coal combustion....

Tooting your own horn — Finland’s new national sport?

Jenny Antonen / 
January 31, 2013

Finland and Helsinki are doing great. The World Economic Forum has rated Finland as the world’s third most competitive country. According to Forbes magazine, Finland is the second best...

US-based growth

Jarno J. Vanto / 
January 24, 2013

Even though the financial news headlines have focused on Asia lately, Finnish growth companies’ interest in 2013 lies with the US. An important element of growth for technology companies...

Economic growth led by China benefits Finland

Jani Kaarlejärvi / 
January 17, 2013

It appears that the next significant economic growth cycle will not originate in Europe or North America; it is more likely that it will have its roots in Asia...