October 7, 2019

The daily brief: 7 October 2019

The Ragged Life of Juice Leskinen biopic about the Finnish singer, songwriter and poet is traveling to São Paulo Film Festival.
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All the daily Finnish business news that works: MaaS Global, YIT, Finnair and Finnish film make headlines.

MaaS Global has won a Good Design Award for its mobility-as-a-service app, Whim, four Finnish films have been picked for the São Paulo Film Festival, YIT is establishing a joint venture in Russia, and Finnair is adding flights to Japan.

Whim wins Good Design Award

Finnish company MaaS Global has received the international Good Design Award for its mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) app, Whim. The app allows users to both plan trips and purchase tickets for all modes of transport, including train, bus, taxi, car-sharing and bike, under one subscription. The Good Design Award is operated by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP), whose expert panel selected MaaS Global as a winner from a pool of over 4 000 entries.


Finnish film heading to São Paulo

Four Finnish feature films have been picked for the 43rd São Paulo Film Festival, taking place between 17 and 30 October in Brazil. Competing for the best new director’s award are Mia Tervo, with her dark-humoured, romantic comedy Aurora, and Matti Kinnunen, with his drama comedy Time Out (Pieniä suuria valheita). Two Finnish films will also compete in the festival’s Perspectiva Internacional category, namely Zaida Bergroth’s historical drama Maria’s Paradise (Marian Paratiisi) and Teppo Airaksinen’s biopic Juice.

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YIT expands property service business in Russia

Finnish construction company YIT is establishing a joint venture with Russian property developer Brusnika to provide property management and maintenance services in Russia. YIT is to have a majority share of 50.01 per cent and operative management in the joint venture, which will operate in the cities of Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Novosibirsk and Surgut in Ural and Siberia. The company is scheduled to begin operations on 1 January 2020 and will be responsible for the management and maintenance of nearly 24 000 homes from the start.


Finnair increases flights to Japan

Finnish airline Finnair will add capacity to Japan with new daily flights to Tokyo’s centrally located Haneda Airport for the start of the 2020 summer season. Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with its long-term partner Japan Airlines, which offers connection flights from Haneda to many destinations in Japan. Travellers from Japan will also be able to connect to Finnair’s more than 100 destinations in Europe. The new route will open in March 2020.


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