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Weekend Wrap

Luxury resorts, insect hotels and a new plant for recycled textile fibre

The National Dance Company of Korea will perform Tero Saarinen’s Vortex in Finland this autumn.

Park Hyun-Keun

Our picks (and pics) of the week include investment news, a Finnish basketball star and a golf ball box that doubles as an insect hotel. Click on any photo to take a detailed look at recent creativity from Finland.

Infinited Fiber Company gives an old paper mill a new lease of life. The company is investing 400 million euros to convert the mill in Kemi, Finnish Lapland, into a textile fibre production plant. The plant will turn cellulosic materials, such as textile waste, into recycled and biodegradable textile fibre. Good News from Finland has the story (Photo: Infinited Fiber Company)

Awak Kuier, known for her slam dunks, is the first Finn to have made it to the WNBA. The basketball star talked with the Olympics website about her journey, from her early life as a refugee to realising her dreams. (Photo: Facebook / Susiladies)

Foodiq raises 13 million euros to develop plant-based products for food companies. The Helsinki-based startup will use its seed funding round to "develop new product innovations, scale operations and accelerate global growth", writes Arctic Startup. (Photo: Foodiq)

Tero Saarinen has become the first overseas choreographer to collaborate with the National Dance Company of Korea. The Finnish dancer describes the day when he first met Korean dancers as "a vortex formed by an encounter of hot and cool airflows", writes The Dong-a Ilbo. (Photo: Park Hyun-keun)

A golf ball box that doubles as an insect hotel? Yes, it exists and is developed by Finnish paperboard company Metsä Board. The idea is to reduce waste and support biodiversity by giving used golf ball boxes second lives as homes for bugs and larvae. The product has already won the 2022 New Wood competition. Find more details on Packaging Europe. (Photo: Metsä Board)

"No website or Wikipedia page could express what life up here is really like," says Essi Kohtanen, one of the inhabitants of Finland's (and the EU's) northernmost town, Nuorgam. thisisFINLAND visited the town as well as Finland's southernmost village, Utö, to find two lifestyles revolving around nature. No hurrying allowed. (Photo: Sami Tuoriniemi / Visit Finland)

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet has been awarded the international FEDORA grant for its XR Stage Project. The project includes a virtual platform for planning stage productions. “The sharp 3D image of the stage, set in a custom virtual space within each venue, is informative and adaptable and ensures an artistically and technically viable end result,” Lilli Paasikivi, artistic director of the Finnish Opera, told Opera Wire. (Photo: Facebook / Ooppera ja Baletti)

Housemarque’s Returnal is an award-winning and narratively complex video game. Eevi Korhonen, one of the game’s designers, spoke to Video Games Chronicle about working on the title and the company’s future plans after its recent purchase by Sony. "We have a runway to go even wilder, with all that financial backing and stability,” Korhonen said. (Photo: Housemarque)

Always dreamt of catching the aurora borealis? The glass-roof cabins of Northern Lights Village offer an unobstructed view of wintery night skies from the comfort of a cosy bed. Veranda has picked the cabins among its list of the 35 best all-inclusive resorts around the world. (Photo: Facebook / Northern Lights Village)

Nokia, Elisa and Qualcomm have joined forces to hit record 5G speeds. According to Computer Weekly, the trio claim to have hit uplink speeds of 2.1 gigabytes per second over the millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum during a trial in Tampere, Finland. The related technology, scheduled to be fully deployed in 2023, would enable ultra-high-performing, low-latency services. (Photo: Nokia Arena)

By: Eeva Haaramo