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Games awards, Ikea-Marimekko collaboration and Nordic bid for women’s Euro 2025

The Nordic countries would like to host the next European women’s football championship.

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Finnish game developers make headlines, thanks to Bafta Games Awards and Max Payne remakes. This week, we also look at a solar electric car, a design-award winning tractor and a breath-taking free-diving documentary. Click on any photo and take a look at recent creativity from Finland.

Helsinki has set an ambitious target to be carbon neutral by 2030. Monocle podcast Urbanist visited the Finnish capital to find out how the city aims to achieve this goal. Host Carlota Rebelo also talked with Finnish engineering company Kone about how the public and private sectors can work together to achieve carbon neutrality. (Photo: City of Helsinki / Tero Pajukallio)

When Swedish and Finnish design collide. Home furnishing giant Ikea and fashion house Marimekko have teamed up to create “a collection that will take a deep dive into the self-care rituals of sauna and its essential elements,” writes Stylist. The companies have yet to release details of the upcoming limited collection, other than its timetable. The new products are set to hit Ikea shelves in March 2023. (Photo: Emilia Hoisko / Visit Finland & Adobe)

Returnal wins big at Bafta Games Awards. The sci-fi horror game took home four prizes, including for best game. Returnal was released in 2021 by Finnish studio Housemarque. “It feels wonderful of course and we’re so proud for the team that made it,” studio head Ilari Kuittinen told BBC News. (Photo: Housemarque)

Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have joined forces to bid to host the 2025 UEFA Women’s Championship. “All Nordic football associations agree about the importance of organising major championships in our countries, and together we have great ambitions for the development of women’s football,” said Karl-Erik Nilsson, president of the Swedish Football Association (SvFF). Reuters has the story. (Photo: Jyri Sulander / Palloliitto)

Solar car firm Sono Motors’ first vehicles will be manufactured in Finland. The news came after the German company struck a deal with Finnish supplier Valmet Automotive. According to the Daily Mail, the production of the solar-powered electric car is scheduled to start in 2023. Valmet isn’t Sono Motors’ only Finnish connection. The company is also collaborating with Mikkeli-based photovoltaic technology developer Valoe. (Photo: Sono Motors GmbH)

Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad stars in a new Netflix documentary. Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive follows Nordblad as she attempts to set a world record for the distance travelled under ice with a single breath. According to Deeper Blue, the documentary will premiere on 3 May 2022. (Photo: Facebook / Johanna Nordblad)

Pangaia has introduced the world’s first shirt made wholly of Infinna. Infinna is a textile fibre made out of textile waste and developed by Finland’s Infinite Fiber Company. The capsule T-shirt collection, launched on 5 April, marks the start of a broader collaboration between the two companies. The collection “has been created to showcase that the fashion industry can keep textile waste out of landfills and make textile circularity,” writes Fashion United. (Photo: Pangaia)

Kide Science has partnered with DreamWorks Animation. The Finnish educational technology startup creates story-based lesson plans for 3–8-year-olds. The partnership will transfer the lessons into the world of DreamWorks’ hit Netflix series Gabby’s Dollhouse. (Photo: Kide Science)

Ville Valo has released a new single, Loveletting, under the name VV. The track precedes the HIM singer’s upcoming album, Neon Noir, and a US tour scheduled for 2023. “As fun as the funeral rites for HIM were, it took me more than a few moons to lick my wounds in the shadow of the heartagram and come up with an excuse to strum and hum again,” said Valo. Watch his new music video on Loudwire. (Photo: Facebook / Heartgram)

Max Payne fans rejoice. Remedy Entertainment is remaking the game and its sequel, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. The games will be released as a single title for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, The Verge writes. Fans will need some patience, though, as there is no timeline yet for the remake’s release. (Photo: Remedy Entertainment)

Valtra’s N Series tractor wins a Red Dot Design Award 2022. The tractor, unveiled in 2021, was awarded in the Product Design category. In its press release, Valtra describes the Red Dot competition as the most prestigious design competition in the world. (Photo: Valtra)

By: Eeva Haaramo