Turning the burden of snow into an advantage

Elina Honkanen & Maija Renkonen / 
January 23, 2014

Last spring, at the ChemBio Finland fair in Helsinki, we took part in a competition that challenged students to come up with new business ideas. We had heard a...

Building a land of a thousand stories

Eeva Haaramo / 
January 16, 2014

“Welcome the dark. Embrace the cold. This is Slush 2013”. That was the slogan used to attract large numbers of foreign entrepreneurs, investors and journalists to Helsinki in November....

Learning self-confidence

Päivi Korpela / 
January 9, 2014

In recent years, I have spent time living in South America and particularly Peru. New cultures offer a fresh insight, especially during the first days and weeks in a...

Finland – a leader in entrepreneurial thinking

Tomi Alakoski / 
January 2, 2014

The latest Pisa results have got people talking. We have already heard the reasons for the weaker scores, and among the topics under debate is the need for new...

Current transition of Finnish economy could offer boost to foreign talent

Feiran Long / 
December 19, 2013

For most foreigners who are thinking about starting a career in Finland, the working language is likely to be the number one issue on their minds. And they are...

The best of both worlds

Minttu Taajamo / 
December 5, 2013

At times, I blend into the crowd so well that even the locals don’t pick up on the fact that I’m foreign. At other times, it feels like I’m...

Russians favour Finland

Katja Anttila / 
November 28, 2013

Amid the bleak economic reports, Russians’ enthusiasm for travelling to Finland is a breath of fresh air. It’s almost that time of year again – when Russian can be...

Chinese tourists offer new prospects for Finland

Kari Halonen / 
November 21, 2013

Foreign travel among the Chinese has changed dramatically since 2008. This year, China has surpassed Germany and the United States in terms of number of overseas travellers, making it...

Finland’s reputation moving up in the ranks

Markus Kokko / 
November 14, 2013

Through my work, I have been able to witness at first hand the cultivation of Finland’s reputation and nation branding since the late 1990s. Serving the international media provides...

Finland – the new Silicon Valley?

Jukka Häyrynen / 
November 7, 2013

Halfway through November, Helsinki’s Kaapelitehdas cultural centre will be bursting at the seams with enthusiastic entrepreneurs and financiers looking for promising companies. This year, 5 000 participants are expected...

Smart use of electricity creates savings

Jukka Toivonen / 
October 31, 2013

Finland is one of the first countries in the world to have taken into use hourly measurements of electricity consumption. By the end of 2013, nearly all households and...