Audience raising their hands at the Tuska heavy metal festival
 Tuska heavy metal festival took part in the Foreign Ministry’s award-winning campaign to find the Capital of Metal in Finland. Image: Tuska/Jesse Kämäräinen

The daily brief: 26 September 2019

All the daily Finnish business news that works: ePassi, Finnair, Hanken & SSE Executive Education, Finnish author Juhani Karila and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Hanken & SSE Executive Education makes a pledge at the UN, Juhani Karila’s new novel is making a splash internationally, Finland’s Capital of Metal campaign has been awarded, Finnair joins Nordic collaboration on electric aviation, and ePassi has secured a 41.5 million-euro investment. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Hanken & SSE EE makes refugee pledge at UN

Hanken & SSE Executive Education has committed, along with 16 other companies and organisations, to take concrete measures to help meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for refugees during the UN General Assembly in New York City. The measures include hiring and integrating refugees,  making investments in humanitarian aid, and building collaborative partnerships that benefit refugees and their communities. Since 2016, Hanken & SEE Executive Education has been running an integration programme, called Business Lead, which trains and provides employment for refugees. Other committed businesses and organisations include the IKEA Foundation, Ben & Jerry’s and Virgin. Image: Twitter/Richard Branson

Fishing for the Little Pike goes French

The worldwide French rights for Finnish author Juhani Karila’s latest novel, Fishing for the Little Pike, have been sold to La Peuplade in Canada before the book has even been published in Finland. The novel is a fantasy and love story about an incredible fishing journey through Laplandish folklore filled with mysterious creatures and a fish that everything depends on. Image: Lauri Malmivaara

Finland’s Capital of Metal campaign awarded

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ country-branding campaign Capital of Metal has won the Campaign of the Year award for associations and institutions at the Digital Communications Awards in Berlin. Finland is known around the world for its metal music culture, and the campaign, carried out in collaboration with several public and private organisations, set out to discover in 2018 which city is the Capital of Metal in Finland. The small town of Lemi in southeast Finland was found to be a headbanger’s paradise, with the most metal bands per capita in the country. The ministry’s 2016 Finland emoji campaign is a previous winner at the Digital Communications Awards. Image: This is Finland

Finnair joins Nordic initiative for electric aviation

Finnish airline Finnair has joined a Nordic network of airlines and aviation actors that aims to drive the development of electric aircraft. The Nordic Network for Electric Aviation (NEA) is funded by Nordic Innovation, which operates under the Nordic Council of Ministers. It will organise workshops and other events to bring together Nordic stakeholders to tackle infrastructural challenges and industry issues, and create new business models for moving towards carbon-neutral flying. Image: Finnair

ePassi secures EUR 41.5 million investment

Finnish mobile payment solution ePassi has received a 41.5 million-euro strategic growth investment from Bregal Milestone and Risto Siilasmaa’s investment firm, First Fellow Partners. ePassi was ranked among the fastest growing companies in Europe earlier this year by the Financial Times, and it has recently signed significant international collaboration agreements with Alipay and WeChat. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, following approval from regulatory authorities. Image: ePassi

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