December 2, 2019

The daily brief: 2 December 2019

A year of winter sports collaboration between Finland and China ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is coming to an end in Rovaniemi.
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All the daily Finnish business news that works: SuperPark, the City of Helsinki and Finnish winter sports make headlines.

SuperPark continues its international expansion in Thailand, the cities of Helsinki and Amsterdam collaborate on ethical artificial intelligence (AI), and Finnish and Chinese winters sports collaboration is celebrated in Rovaniemi.

SuperPark opens indoor activity centre in Bangkok

Finnish company SuperPark continues its international expansion in Asia and has opened a new indoor activity park in the massive ICONSIAM shopping centre in downtown Bangkok, Thailand. SuperPark was founded in 2012 in Vuokatti, Finland, and has since opened several indoor activity parks for children, youth and families around Finland and Asia, including in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Suzhou and Shanghai.


Helsinki and Amsterdam collaborate on transparent AI

The Finnish and Dutch capitals have agreed to intensify their collaboration to further the ethical and fair use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the two cities and within the EU. The goals of the collaboration include the creation of an open technology register that can be used to evaluate how AI is being used in the cities, as well as joint procurement practices to ensure the AI solutions purchased by the cities do not compromise the rights of people. Both Helsinki and Amsterdam are part of the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights initiative, which promotes new, more humane and democratic ways to use the internet.

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China-Finland Year of Winter Sports ends in Rovaniemi

The winter sports collaboration between Finland and China that has taken place during 2019 is coming to an official end on 3 December in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. Around 60 events organised were during the year-long collaboration ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in China. A Winter Sports Forum organised by Business Finland will bring nearly 200 Finnish and Chinese business delegates to the northern Finnish city, while the official closing ceremony will feature a mix of Finnish and Chinese music, art and winter sports. The presidents of Finland and China agreed on the collaboration during a meeting in 2017, which has allowed Finns to promote their winter sports expertise in China, ranging from coaching and sports venues to technology and equipment.

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