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Winter retreats, better sleep and future-ready cities

 Conductor Hannu Lintu's recent debut with the New York Philharmonic was well received,

Veikko Kähkönen

A key to a good night's sleep could be a multisensory baby pad, noise-cancelling earbuds or a stay at a remote but luxurious winter retreat. We also look at the world's most future-ready cities and wood as a material for wind turbines. Click on the links below to take a detailed look at recent creativity from Finland.

What parent wouldn't want their baby to sleep better? Oulu-based startup Nucu has just raised 950 000 euros in seed investment to help make it happen. The company’s product is a multisensory baby pad which soothes babies to sleep with womb-like feelscapes. The pad was originally developed for neonatal intensive care units and is now heading to wider markets, Arctic Startup reveals. 


"Wherever you end up, the experience can be revelatory. You'll return understanding how cold, dark months can be a treat, not an endurance test," writes The Times. This is particularly true after visiting any of the 25 Nordic winter retreats listed by the newspaper. Nine are located in Finland, from snowy Lapland to remote islands.   


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Finnish Design Shop's new complex of a logistic centre, showroom, office and wild food restaurant has made a good impression on Wallpaper. Located in the middle of a nature reserve, the centre "draws from its environment with a sustainable design incorporating the surrounding forest and wood," writes the magazine. 



Always wanted to tap into super powers? Now you can. The Financial Times has listed "five tiny gadgets with super-powers" and picked Finnish company QuietOn's earbuds among them. Instead of playing music, these earbuds focus on providing their users silence through Active Noise Cancellation. 


Helsinki has been named one of the world's most future-ready cities. The Finnish capital reached the third spot - out of 200 cities globally - after Tokyo and Hangzhou. The analysis was carried out by research firm ThoughtLab in partnership with consultancy Hatch Urban Solutions, reports CitiesToday.  


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Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu has made a successful debut with the New York Philharmonic. "The music danced, argued, and flirted by turns," wrote the New York Classical Review about the concert, which included music from Sibelius, Saariaho and Stravinsky. 


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A fan of Tove Jansson? Tampere is the place to be. In December, the city will host Tove Festival to celebrate Jansson's life and work. The programme includes panel discussions, music and a display of illustrations by the author and artist. Read more on the Moomin website


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The Helsinki Fintech Farm has revealed its annual list of the top 20 established Fintech companies in Finland. ePassi, a mobile payments platform for employee benefits, topped the list with a revenue of 289 million euros in 2021, followed by Multitude and Basware. Fintech News Nordics has the details on the report. 



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Clash of Clans enters the world of comics. The popular mobile game by Supercell has inspired a new graphic novel series, The Books of Clash: Volume 1: Legendary Legends of Legendarious Achievery, scheduled to come out in May 2023. Check out Collider to see the cover design. 


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Finland is famous for its forests and wood products. Now the material is getting a new application: wind turbines. Electrek writes about Stora Enso’s partnership with German startup Voodin Blade Technology to make sustainable wooden wind turbine blades. Furthermore, the Finnish forest industry giant is working with Swedish company Modvion to establish wood as a material for wind turbine towers. 

By: Eeva Haaramo