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Sundance glory, masterful origami and icy Olympic rings

Finnish Lakeland is the largest lake district in Europe.

Vastavalo /Juha Määttä

Finnish films attract awards and international attention, a new paint innovation purifies indoor air, and the Koulu consortium delivers 75 schools to Peru. Click on any photo and take a look at recent creativity from Finland.

Finnish teen film Girl picture has been awarded at Sundance Film Festival. Alli Haapasalo’s film, about three girls at the cusp of womanhood, won the Audience Award in the festival’s World Cinema Dramatic category. Find all the winners on the Sundance website. (Photo: Ilkka Saastamoinen)

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are here and Finns are showing their support. Inventor Janne Käpylehto has built spinning Olympic rings on a frozen lake to cheer on the Finnish Olympic team. Luckily Käpylahti didn’t have to do all the work alone. He received a helping hand from world-champion wrestler Petra Olli, Olympic ski jump gold medallist Toni Nieminen and Paralympic in table tennis Aino Tapola. Watch the video on EuroNews. (Photo: Facebook / Liikuntakeskus Pajulahti)

5 377. That is how many times origami artist Juho Könkkölä folded one piece of paper to create the art piece Duelling Knights. The project took two and half years and 109 hours of folding to complete, writes the Evening Standard. (Photo: Juho Könkkölä)

The Rasmus’ Lauri Ylönen is put to the test in NME’s Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! quiz. Learn one of Ylönen’s worst festival memories, why the band wants to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest and which “rock god” once compared The Rasmus to Def Leppard. (Photo: Facebook / The Rasmus)

Dreaming of a trip to a lakeside sauna? Try the Finnish Lakeland region, which the has included in its five best places to visit in 2022. The largest lake district in Europe has plenty to offer also for non-sauna lovers, including pristine shores, rock paintings, sustainable wood architecture and award-winning berry wines. (Photo: Visit Finland / Asko Kuittinen)

Girl picture, Compartment no 6, The Gravedigger’s Wife. These are just a few of the recent Finnish films receiving accolades internationally. ScreenDaily explores how Finland’s creative sector is booming thanks to a new generation of film-makers equipped with an international mindset and globally interesting subjects. (Photo: Lasse Lecklin / Bufo)

Freshly painted walls can now double as an air purifier thanks to Finnish paint brand Teknos. As reported by Dezeen, the company has launched a new range of interior paints that absorb and neutralise aldehyde pollutants in indoor spaces. The effect is estimated to last for five to ten years. (Photo: Joonas Finer / Teknos)

What is a week in Finland without heavy metal? Metal band Amorphis has dropped a new single, On The Dark Waters, from their 14th studio album, Halo. Watch the video on Blabbermouth, which is highly enthusiastic about the upcoming album: “Halo highlights [Amorphis’] musical and storytelling mastership on a once again soaring level: It’s a progressive, melodic, and quintessentially melancholic heavy metal masterwork.” (Photo: Sam Jansen)

Finnish and UK companies are teaming up to deliver schools to South America. A consortium called Koulu (Finnish for ‘school’) has been picked by Peru to build 75 new schools to mark the country’s bicentenary year. Koulu is led by UK-based construction consultancy companies Mace and Gleeds and includes Finnish partners AFRY, Polar Partners, LMA and ISKU. Education Finland has the story. (Photo: Koulu consortium)

The mean piggies are back. Rovio has launched Angry Birds Journey, a much-anticipated addition to the Angry Birds game series on Android and iOS. PocketGamer is impressed by how the game looks, stating it will “allow fans to enjoy the classic slingshot action once again”. (Photo: Facebook / Angry Birds Journey)

By: Eeva Haaramo