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Finland in the international media 2014

The Telegraph: Town called Nokia seeks a new calling
20 November 2014

Very few places in the world have given rise to truly global brands: Evian and Cadillac in France are two. But possibly the most famous of them all is Nokia in Finland.More »

Press of Atlantic City: New Jersey teachers learn secrets of Finland's academic success
6 November 2014

Finland has been ranked first in the world in how its students perform on international tests. Finnish educator and policy adviser Pasi Sahlberg said the schools and teachers are just one part of that success. More »

Develop: Serious Game Cluster set up in Finland
6 November 2014

New association brings together studios behind educational and other beneficial games. More »

Business Insider: Finland Needs To Start Advertising How Great It Is
3 October 2014

Previously I have talked about Finland being the world’s best kept secret — having excellent products and talented people, but being a bit too shy to communicate these facts to the rest of the world. More »

Washington Post: In Finland, giving in to Moomin madness
14 August 2014

In June, I set off on a quest of my own, traveling through Finland in search of the Moomin-land I’ve loved since I read the books in English translation as a child. More »

Forbes: Flow Festival Finland: Come For The Music, Stay For The Food
6 August 2014

Finland’s hippest music festival gets underway in Helsinki this week, with dozens of acts and tens of thousands of spectators arriving for the annual extravaganza that is Flow Festival. More »

Washington Post: Drew Gooden plans on playing for Finland in FIBA World Cup
5 August 2014

...the Wizards forward plans on extending his footprint overseas at the end of the month when he suits up for Finland in the FIBA World Cup, according to a person with knowledge of Gooden’s intentions. Gooden, 32, is eligible to play for Finland because his mother is Finnish. More »

Daily Times: 2 Finnish women killed in western Afghanistan
25 July 2014

Two Finnish female aid workers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen while travelling in a taxi in western Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, the latest killings in a recent spate of attacks on foreigners. More »

OnBoard: Open Water: Finnish Skate Adventures
22 July 2014

Watch professional snowboarders and certified skateboard rippers Roope Tonteri and Eero Ettala sessioning a floating miniramp on a lake in Finland. How fun does it look? More »

The West Australian: Open Water: Finland cashes in on cold by luring data storage firms
20 July 2014

With freezing winters where the mercury can sink well below zero and cool summers, Finland will never be a destination of choice for the world's sun-seekers. More »

The Independent: Active Finland: Traveller's Guide
18 July 2014

In the final instalment of our four-part series on Nordic Escapes, produced in association with Lonely Planet, Fran Parnell explores a country that's a natural playground. More »

Chicago Tribune: Microsoft plans to cut 1,000 jobs in Finland: newspaper
16 July 2014

Microsoft Corp is planning to cut 1,000 jobs in Finland from its mobile phone unit, a Finnish daily said on Wednesday, quoting anonymous sources. More »

Star Tribune: Finland not an apt educational model for U.S. schools
11 July 2014

Finnish educational successes may not be very instructive for U.S. schools facing poverty, diversity and language barriers. More »

Business Insider: Finland Gives This Awesome Box Of Goodies To All Expectant Moms
10 July 2014

Since 1938, Finland has been giving expectant mothers a starter-kit box for babies. More »

The Guardian: Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years
10 July 2014

Finland's capital hopes a 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete. More »

My Republica: Nepali students making short films on Finnish women
6 July 2014

Four students from Oscar International College (College of Film Studies), Sukedhara, are producing four different short films, each centered on the situation of women in Finland, upon the initiation of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. More »

Coast Reporter: Carry on running: Finnish couple wins international 'wife carrying' obstacle race
5 July 2014

A Finnish couple has narrowly won the 19th World Wife Carrying Championships — a quirky competition in which men race to be the fastest while carrying a female teammate. More »

FierceEnergy: Finland developing "energy system of the future"
3 July 2014

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has joined forces with Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku to launch an extensive development project for an "energy system of the future". More »

The Wall Street Journal: Finland Victim of Long-Term Cyberespionage
2 July 2014

Unspecified foreign powers damaged Finland's national interests by obtaining a vast quantity of Finland's foreign policy documents through a sophisticated and long-term cyberespionage campaign, Finnish officials said Wednesday. More »

The Baltic Times: New Finland PM on first visit to Estonia
30 June 2014

Alexander Stubb, Finland’s new prime minister, is on a visit to Estonia today to meet Estonian leaders, his first foreign visit since taking office as the head of government, ERR reports. More »

Prague Post: Dome of Finland
25 June 2014

One of top Nordic filmmakers, Dome Karukoski, talks neo-Nazis and iconic gay artist. More »

Education Week: Happy Teaching, Happy Learning: 13 Secrets to Finland's Success
24 June 2014

I recently got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Oppi Festival in Helsinki, Finland, with a group of seven U.S. educators to learn more about the Finnish school system and the lessons it might offer. More »

Graphic Repro: UPM and WWF Finland enter versatile co-operation
19 June 2014

UPM and the conservation organisation WWF Finland have agreed on versatile co-operation covering promotion of sustainable wood-based biofuels, as well as sustainable forest management and sourcing of raw materials in Finland. More »

Eurek Alert!: Finland to become a model country for sustainable transport by 2020
17 June 2014

Roads in Finland in 2020 will hum to the sound of low-emission vehicles running on renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen and sustainable biofuels. More »

Business Insider: This Untranslatable Finnish Word Takes Perseverance To A Whole New Level
16 June 2014

"The Finns have something they call sisu," the New York Times reported in 1940. More »

Reuters: Stubb to be Finland's next PM, backs NATO membership
14 June 2014

Finland's EU minister Alexander Stubb, who wants to cut taxes and take his neutral country into NATO, won the leadership of his ruling conservative party on Saturday, putting him on track to become prime minister later this month. More »

Brandon Sun: Polish team wins first world coding championship in Finland with their virtual racing cars
10 June 2014

Polish team Need for C has won the world's first computer coding championship held in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. More »

RTCC: Finland reveals new climate change laws
6 June 2014

Parliament agrees to target 80% emissions reduction by 2050 and promote use of renewable energy. More »

EUobserver: Finnish politics face turbulence
4 June 2014

The past months have been tumultuous in Finnish politics with major changes in the composition of the sitting government and now open discussion about early elections. More »

Business Journal: Facebook makes Finland-based mobile app acquisition
3 June 2014

Facebook is making another acquisition to beef up its mobile business, this time paying an undisclosed sum for Helsinki, Finland-based Pryte. More »

The Bristol Bay Times: Unalaska officials set to travel to Finland
30 May 2014

Three top city officials will travel to Finland for a conference next month. More »

BarentsObserver: Barents veteran wins in EU-election
26 May 2014

Eurosceptic far-right groups gain support in EU-Barents, but the winner in the northernmost region of the EU is Paavo Väyrynen, Finland’s signature to the 1993 Kirkenes declaration. More »

Ice News: Lapland zoo wants polar bear cubs
25 May 2014

Hope is building at Rauna in Lapland about the prospect of polar bear cubs being born in the town’s zoo. More »

All Africa: South Sudan: Finland Pledges Humanitarian Assistance to Abyei
23 May 2014

The community of the contested oil-producing region of Abyei has welcomed a pledge by the government of Finland to provide diplomatic and humanitarian assistance. More »

The Chronicle Herald: Team Canada loses to Finland at worlds
22 May 2014

Wanting Team Canada to improve game by game at the world hockey championship, coach Dave Tippett thought the quarter-final effort against Finland was the best yet. More »

The Boston Globe: Marimekko celebrates 50 years of its famous Unikko print
21 May 2014

Marimekko, the Helsinki-based purveyor of bold Scandinavian prints began business more than 60 years ago. More »

The Norway Post: Strengthened High North cooperation between Norway and Finland
18 May 2014

Norway and Finland are establishing a partnership with a view to cooperating more closely in the High North. More »

GlobeNewswire: Scania supplies vehicles and services for Finland’s defence forces
15 May 2014

The Finnish Defence Forces have signed an agreement with Scania’s subsidiary Scania Suomi Oy to buy a total of 184 trucks and tractor units, to be delivered through 2017. More »

Sun Journal: Finnish dancers to perform in West Paris
12 May 2014

Oxford Hills will host the premiere American performance of Keiketys, a folk dance club from Kuhmo, Finland, in June. More »

Miami Herald: 5 free things to see and do in Helsinki
9 May 2014

Helsinki is known as an international capital of design, and Finland is one of the eurozone’s wealthiest nations. More »

Star Tribune: From Finland with style: A design exhibit at the MIA
8 May 2014

Contemporary Finnish designs are featured in an exhibit opening Saturday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. More »

Xinhuanet: Stuart Parkin receives 2014 Millennium Technology Prize
8 May 2014

Stuart Parkin, a physicist who has enabled vast increase in digital storage, received the 2014 Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki on Wednesday. More »

CGMA: Finland leads the list of the world’s most tech-ready countries
6 May 2014

Scandinavia reigns supreme in the annual Networked Readiness Index, which aims to provide a framework for evaluating information and communication technology globally. More »

Horsetalk: George Morris’s Finland clinic for jumpers and trainers
2 May 2014

Showjumping riders in Finland are preparing for a clinic next week with legendary US trainer George Morris. More »

The Bellingham Herald: Finnish pianist Marja Kaisla plays May 4 benefit concert
30 April 2014

Tapio Holma, the president of Whatcom County's Finlandia Foundation, Suomi chapter, wrote to me about the upcoming celebration of Finnish May Day, called Vappu, and more about the chapter. More »

The Azer News: Azerbaijan, remarkable example of fast development: Finland’s ex-president
28 April 2014

Azerbaijan has been a remarkable example of fast development over the recent years, said the former President of Finland Tarja Halonen at the second Global shared Societies Forum in Baku on April 28. More »

Herald Net: Finland’s model shows respect for all
23 April 2014

I just returned from a trip to Finland to visit old friends. I brought home a bill from a hospital... More »

Brown Political Review: Finland’s Education System Through Foreign Eyes
22 April 2014

For years, Finland’s education system has sparked panic and envy throughout the world. More »

BBC News: Finland air crash kills eight skydivers
20 April 2014

Eight skydivers have been killed after their plane crashed near the town of Jamijarvi in Finland. More »

BBC News: World's first homoerotic stamps produced in Finland
17 April 2014

Finland is to produce the "world's first" homoerotic stamps, celebrating one of the country's most famous artists - Tom of Finland. More »

Huff Post: Finland Honors Stuart Parkin For Enabling Cloud Revolution (with $1.4M)
14 April 2014

Why is Finland so fabulous at startups? What are the newest ways of learning? We went to Oppi in Helsinki to learn. More »

Forbes: Finland Honors Stuart Parkin For Enabling Cloud Revolution (with $1.4M)
9 April 2014

Professor Stuart Stephen Papworth Parkin will receive the 2014 Millennium Technology Prize, it was announced today. More »

Ice News: Finland: Housing shortage in baby bonus town
8 April 2014

The Finnish town of Lestijärvi, in the western region of Ostrobothnian, has seen birth rates soar since announcing an initiative offering parents 10,000 euros for new arrivals, so much so that the town is now suffering from a housing shortage. More »

Mirror: Eurovision 2014 preview: Will Finland entry Something Better see Softengine join song contest winners?
8 April 2014

With this year's Eurovision Song Contest nearly upon us, we're profiling every single contestant and now it's Finland's Softengine's turn. More »

The Maritime Executive: Finland Wants More Arctic Action
6 April 2014

Mia Bennett, a PhD student in Geography at the University of California, spoke with Timo Lohi, who is heading up the Arctic Corridor project based in Finland, and she shares her insights with The Maritime Executive. More »

High Life: Benedict Cumberbatch: ice driving in Finland
1 April 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch ditches his trademark detective's coat for thermals as he dares to cheat death driving on ice in the Arctic Circle. Gavin Green joins him. More »

Trend Hunter: Kid-Friendly Light Fixtures
28 March 2014

Finnish Company Feelis Helsinki is Behind the Moomin Light Collection. More »

Daily Mail: What's your name in Finnish? Finland launches name-translation tool
25 March 2014

There is – if you look back through the story of Europe to the days when swarthy Vikings came rampaging out of the Nordic countries with an axe in the hand and a twinkle in the eye – a little genetic Finnish (as well as lots of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish) in us all. More »

Jakarta Globe: Finland Offers Help in Tackling Indonesia’s Cyber Crimes
24 March 2014

“Cyber security has become an important focus for development and what we can offer here is our knowledge and experience,” Lt. Gen. Arto Raty, the permanent secretary of Finland’s Ministry of Defense, said during a recent visit to Indonesia. More »

Time: Finlandization Is Not a Perfect Recipe for Ukraine
21 March 2014

Would today's Russia even allow 'Ukrainization'? More »

Brandon Sun: Finnish gibberish talker propelled to fame, heads to the US after 9 million YouTube hits
19 March 2014

A 19-year-old Finnish supermarket cashier with millions of Internet fans of her language imitation YouTube video is heading for America hoping her gibberish hit will open up a new career. More »

The Atlantic: Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality'
17 March 2014

Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted. More »

Bloomberg: Finland Trapped in Recession as Investment Fades: Nordic Credit
14 March 2014

Finland is shuttering factories that make up the backbone of its export industry faster than it’s investing in new companies. More »

BBC: Tove Jansson: Love, war and the Moomins
13 March 2014

This year Finland is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins, and one of the most successful children's writers ever. More »

Belta: Belarus, Finland intend to bolster economic ties
11 March 2014

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Finland Alexander Ostrovsky met with Vice President of Finnvera Raija Rissanen on 11 March, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. More »

WBUR: What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7
8 March 2014

Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science, even though Finnish children don't start school until age 7. More »

Matangi Tonga: Finland opens consulate in Nuku'alofa
5 March 2014

A Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Finland was opened by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala at the Loumaile Building, Nuku'alofa this morning, March 5. More »

The New Yorker: The Hands That Made the Moomins
5 March 2014

In 1915, a mother makes a sketch of her one-year-old daughter’s hands. “Look what beautiful hands, one flat, with outstretched fingers, one with a clenched fist,” she notes. The hands were to be key, as they belonged to Tove Jansson. More »

World First Travel Insurance: Finland has politest hotel staff
3 March 2014

Holidaymakers are less likely to encounter a Basil Fawlty-style hotel in Finland than anywhere else in Europe, a new study has suggested. More »

The Guardian: Lapp up some green skiing in Pyhä, Finland
28 February 2014

The Finnish ski resort of Pyhä has cheap ski passes, dramatic scenery, and is where the national team trains. More »

Xinhuanet: Finland develops hyperspectral camera for detecting skin cancer in seconds
28 February 2014

The Technical Research Center of Finland VTT has developed a hyperspectral camera, which is capable to detect early stage of skin cancer, the Finnish Daily Helsingin Sanomat reported on Thursday. More »

Search Security: TrustyCon: Hypponen warns of government malware, loss of vendor trust
27 February 2014

"We're slaving away, not seeing what is going on in the world, and what we should do is wake up." More »

Daily Mail: Welcome to Finland: Europe's best hotel staff are revealed - and they aren't in the UK
25 February 2014

How can I help? Finland, Germany and Austria have the most friendly hotel staff, according to a new poll More »

The Boston Globe: ‘Sculptor’s Daughter’ by Tove Jansson
22 February 2014

Ilove Tove Jansson’s recently reissued 1968 memoir, “Sculptor’s Daughter: A Childhood Memoir," and not just because it gives the reader almost nothing of her autobiography. More »

BBC: Finland: Reflective reindeer antlers aim to stop accidents
18 February 2014

Herders in Lapland are spraying their reindeer with reflective paint to help drivers see them in the dark, it appears. More »

New Europe: Finland’s record of transparency blemished by increasing corruption cases
16 February 2014

Finland, a Nordic country that has been a model in the world in combating corruption, has witnessed an increase of suspected business related crimes in the past few years. More »

SB Nation: Winter Olympics hockey results: Finland cruises past Norway
14 February 2014

Teemu Selanne only played 5:27 in Finland's opening game against Austria after sustaining an upper-body injury in the first period. More »

Gizmodo: How a Simple Fabric Pattern Uplifted a Post-War Finland
10 February 2014

In the years after World War II, most of Europe was devastated, both physically and financially. From this drab reality, one country began producing bright, technicolor textiles... More »

AndhraNews.net: Finnish Energy Company Fortum Empowerseducation for Hundreds of Students in Rajasthan
8 February 2014

Three schools in Rajasthan will be equipped with solar powered infrastructure by Finnish energy company Fortum. More »

Tehran Times: Tehran photo exhibit to highlight Finnish architecture
7 February 2014

An exhibition of photos highlighting designs by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) some other urban areas in the country will open at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran on February 12. More »

Women's Agenda: Want cheap, plentiful, quality childcare? Go to Finland
5 February 2014

When a government calls upon its people for ideas about how to fix a pressing policy problem, it is inevitable that the call will be answered by a variety of people, with a variety of opinions. More »

The Guardian: In Finland's heart is not so dark as it's been painted
29 January 2014

In the course of showing us the "dark" side of Scandinavian life, Michael Booth writes that Finland is "burdened by taboos" about the civil war, second world war and cold war (The dark heart of Scandinavia, 28 January). More »

BBC: In pictures: SnowCastle of Kemi
27 January 2014

This year the construction required more than 2,000 lorry loads of snow and about 60 builders. More »

Winnipeg Free Press: Finland may be just too clean
25 January 2014

Wealthy, unpolluted nation has Type 1 diabetes rates up to six times higher than its poorer, dirtier neighbours. More »

Candy Industry: The Face of Finland's Fazer Confectionery
23 January 2014

Majlen Fazer — Fazer Brands’ “godmother” of chocolate quality and the greatgranddaughter of founder Karl Fazer — brings home the 2013 European Candy Kettle Club award. More »

The Washington Post: Bitcoin Judged Commodity in Finland After Failing Money Test
20 January 2014

Bitcoin doesn’t meet the definition of a currency or even an electronic payment form in Finland, where the central bank has instead decided to categorize the software as a commodity. More »

Financial Times: Life, Art, Words, by Boel Westin; Sculptor’s Daughter, by Tove Jansson
17 January 2014

How the author of the Moomin books created a children’s fantasy in tune with the postwar world. More »

The Daily Star: Helsinki revives Guggenheim plans with design contest
17 January 2014

Finland has revived plans for a new Guggenheim museum on the Helsinki waterfront, raising chances for the capital to exploit the Guggenheim brand and join the big league of art destinations such as New York and Bilbao. More »

The Daily Star: Helsinki revives Guggenheim plans with design contest
17 January 2014

Finland has revived plans for a new Guggenheim museum on the Helsinki waterfront, raising chances for the capital to exploit the Guggenheim brand and join the big league of art destinations such as New York and Bilbao. More »

The Guardian: Vocational education: why the Finns do it best
15 January 2014

Could technical training help to tackle youth unemployment? Gita Subrahmanyam argues Finland's approach has key lessons for the developing world. More »

StarTribune: SPCO on its game with Kuusisto at the helm
11 January 2014

Osmo Vänskä, one of Finland’s most distinguished sons, is no longer music director of the Minnesota Orchestra — a loss whose magnitude we are still absorbing. More »

Reuters: Rolls-Royce looked to buy out Finland's Wartsila
9 January 2014

British engineering company Rolls-Royce made a takeover approach to Finnish ship and power plant engine maker Wartsila but the talks ended without a deal, the two companies said on Thursday. More »

Stuff.co.nz: Twenty reasons to visit Helsinki 
7 January 2014

A pool where swimming naked is the norm and 19 other reasons to visit the Finnish capital. More »

CTV News: Finland beats Sweden 3-2 in world junior final
5 January 2014

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 9:42 of overtime to give Finland its third world junior hockey title, 3-2 over Sweden on Sunday. More »

ETF Trends: Demographics Weigh on Finland Economy, ETF
3 January 2014

Finland has been a pillar in the Eurozone economic bloc, but the central has warned of an impending financial crisis that could rival Italy’s, pressuring the long-term outlook on the Finnish economy and related exchange traded fund. More »

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