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Netflix’s first Finnish series, Coldplay collaboration and education exports

Lonely Planet highlights Finland’s efficient public transport system and “uber-modern metro stations”.

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Self-driving vehicles succeed in cold and winter, Lonely Planet shares tips on travelling around Finland and Compartment No 6. takes home the most coveted prizes at the Jussi Awards. Click on any photo and take a look at recent creativity from Finland.

Netflix announces the cast for its first Finnish series. Directed by Taito Kawata, the series, Dance Brothers, focuses on two brothers (played by Roderick Kabanga and Samuel Kujala) who decide to start their own dance club. According to Variety, the young adult drama is a co-production by Netflix and Yle and is set to launch globally on Netflix in 2023. (Photo: Netflix)

“Finland has a deserved reputation for doing things at a human scale, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the country’s public transport system,” states Lonely Planet. The travel site has taken a closer look at how to travel around the country, from boats and buses to trains and bikes. (Photo: Juho Kuva / Visit Finland)

Extreme Finnish winter weather has nothing on Sensible 4’s self-driving vehicles. The Finnish company successfully completed its autonomous driving pilot despite heavy snowfall, slippery roads and temperatures below -20°C. According to Silicon Republic, “Sensible 4 is developing software for last-mile autonomous vehicles in all weather conditions”. (Photo: Sensible 4)

Coldplay partners with Neste to reduce its world tour’s CO2 emissions. The band will use Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel in an effort to cut emissions from air travel, tour transport and stage power generation. Coldplay has set a target to cut emissions by 50 per cent compared to its previous world tour, notes Renewable Energy Magazine. (Photo: Coldplay)

Compartment No. 6 wins big at the Jussi Awards, Finland's premier film industry prizes. The internationally acclaimed film took home eight awards during the evening, including for best film, directing and lead actress. The second-biggest winners of the night were The Gravedigger’s Wife and The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic, which both won two awards. The Finnish Film Foundation has the details. (Photo: Sami Kuokkanen / Elokuvayhtiö Aamu 2021)

The design team at Nokia has reason to celebrate as the company was awarded six Red Dot and eight IF design awards. These include a Red Dot Best of The Best distinction for Nokia Networks’ sustainable packaging system. The jury praised the packaging solution for “minimising landfill waste and environmental impact by utilising 100 per cent recycled fibre-based solutions,” Nokia tells in its press release. (Photo: Nokia)

Salla’s 2032 Summer Olympics bid wins Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas award. The magazine examines how a campaign to host the Summer Olympics in Finland’s coldest city highlighted the real consequences of climate inaction. (Photo: Save Salla campaign)

Finnish Flow flies over 40 Finnish business leaders to Davos. The organisation wants to ensure the active participation of the Finnish business community at the World Economic Forum. It will also host a future cities-themed side event in Davos with Deepak Chopra and architect Bjarke Ingels as the headline speakers. (Photo: Kirill Logachev)

Finnish-style education is gaining traction in India. “Schools offering 'Finnish education' are emerging across Indian cities, emphasising activity-based learning, interaction with nature and life skills over textbook-based, test-oriented education,” Al Jazeera writes about Finland’s education exports. (Photo: Business Finland)

Eventual takes home the Innovation Award at PRO Gala 2022. The event acknowledges the most promising projects and professionals in the Finnish hospitality industry. Eventual’s claim for fame is a platform for artists, audiences and events professionals to crowdfund and produce a wide range of events. Read more in the company’s press release. (Photo: Eventual)

By: Eeva Haaramo