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Finland: Education innovation Me & My City named best in the world
15 September 2014 - Me and My City, developed by the Economic Information Office TAT, has won the prestigious World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) competition. Each year, the worldwide WISE Awards recognize innovative education projects that contribute positively to society. WISE praises Me and My City for its unique work on behalf of Finnish society and acknowledges it for its innovative way of teaching social contents to primary school children. (more)

Finnish startup Envitems monitors air quality
11 September 2014 - Finnish startup Envitems has launched its first product, a compact device for monitoring urban air quality. The Envitems E6100 measures all the most common pollutants in outdoor air -- nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen monoxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, ozone -- with an option to add particulate detectors. The company's technology can measure to the parts-per-billion level without the steep price that normally comes with that sensitivity. Users can download the measuring data either to Envitems' cloud service or their own database. (more)

Finland taps potential of 3D printing
10 September 2014 - Finland is forging ahead with 3D printing technology in the medical, dental, and manufacturing fields. From hospitals using titanium implants for surgery to companies producing high end products like jewellery, 3D printing has seen a swift uptake in recent years. Aalto University in Helsinki uses titanium to produce implants for patients suffering from head injuries or other skull related problems. (more)

Google honours Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto
9 September 2014 - Fans of Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto can now see many of his works online thanks to a collaboration between the Alvar Aalto Foundation and search engine company Google. The project gathers many of Aalto's most famous buildings together as well as his designs in furniture, glassware and textiles, making them accessible virtually to people all over the world. One of Google's largest data centres in Finland is housed in a building, which was originally designed as a paper mill by Aalto. (more)

Finland at the top of the education efficiency index
5 September 2014 - According to a new international study of educational efficiency across OECD countries, the Finnish education system ranks first. The study, commissioned by Gems Education Solutions compares how developed countries allocate spending on education and how well they perform in the international Pisa tests. The results are based on internationally comparable data gathered over the past 15 years. The study also focuses on teaching budgets and class room sizes. (more)

Finland's Green Stream forges success in China
28 August 2014 - Finland's Green Stream is using its extensive industry knowledge to help run active emissions trading pilot schemes and develop energy efficiency projects in China. In addition to its 80 emission reduction projects, Green Stream has ten active energy efficiency projects in China and another 40 in the pipeline. (more)

Finland: Nokia's Here wins technology award
19 August 2014 - Nokia's map and location business Here has won the 2014 North America Frost and Sullivan innovation award for its role in developing connected vehicle technology. In the report detailing the award, global research and consulting firm Frost and Sullivan said Here stood apart for its knowledge and industry experience, impressive data collection ability, high level of personalisation, revolutionary products, and wide ranging partnerships. (more)

Finland: Finnish banking alternative Holvi set to open in 19 European countries
18 August 2014 - Holvi, the Finnish company redefining banking is set to bring its services in 19 new European countries. These include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. Founded in 2011 in Helsinki, Finland, Holvi combines modern technology and user experience into banking. Holvi is a one-stop-shop for small businesses to collect payments online, manage expenses and get a comprehensive real-time view of their company finances. (more)

Finnish airports break passenger records
14 August 2014 - Finnish airports are expected to handle record numbers of passengers this year. According to airline analysis website anna.aero, the Finnish market is expected to handle close to 20 million passengers in 2014. In the first seven months of 2014, for which traffic data is already available, Finnish airports noted an increase of 3.6 per cent (2.6 per cent domestic, 3.9 per cent international) when compared to the same period of 2013, with over 11 million passengers by the end of July. (more)

Finnish film Tale of a Forest wins first prize in China
14 August 2014 - The Finnish nature documentary Tale of a Forest (Metsän tarina) won the Grand Prix award for best film as well as best director at the 2014 World Mountain Documentary Festival of Qinghai China. Tale of a Forest is a movie for the whole family about a unique Finnish forest and the colourful and diverse life that lives in it. (more)


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Transcendental Meditation to be offered in Finland universities, tech firms
28 December 2010 - Three newly qualified Transcendental Meditation Teachers recently returned home to Finland, with the aim of offering the programme in several universities and tech firms in the cities where they will be teaching. In other news from Finland, a January expo featuring Maharishi Ayur-Veda products will help increase public awareness of the world's oldest complete system of natural health care. (more)

Finland schools and universities adopt Transcendental Meditation
26 June 2010 - Several schools and universities in Finland have begun incorporating the Transcendental Meditation Programme among faculty and students, as the result of a tour of the country by Dr Ashley Deans, Global Ambassador for Consciousness-Based Education, in February 2010. (more)

Invincible Finland University
5 November 2007 - This week, iconic filmmaker Dr David Lynch will launch new national universities in Finland, Estonia, and Bulgaria, which will provide Total Knowledge--full enlightenment--to every student and invincibility to national consciousness. (more)

Progress of Consciousness-Based Education in Finland
24 June 2007 - The Chief Minister for Finland of the Global Country of World Peace reported that plans for building an Invincibility School in Finland are progressing. (more)

Finland: Yogic Flyer presents goals of the Global Financial Capital of Finland to reconstruct the whole world for life in accord with Natural Law
28 February 2007 - As a result of a press conference organized by Mr Hannu Heikkila, Director of the Global Financial Capital of Finland, Hameen Sanomata, a regional daily newspaper, published on 25 February a half-page article about the Global Financial Capital and its six programmes for creating invincibility in every nation. (more)


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Finland: Infants exposed to 'potentially harmful' chemicals in vinyl
10 June 2014 - Most babies born prematurely and one-third of full-term infants are exposed to chemicals found in vinyl 'at a potentially harmful level,' according to new research in Finland. The study of 125 babies from the day they were born to 14 months old is the first comprehensive examination of infants' exposure to several phthalates. The chemicals, considered hormone disruptors, have been linked to health effects in animal tests and some human studies, including altered male genitalia, attention and learning problems, and asthma. The sources of the phthalates in the babies are unknown. But some researchers suspect that they came from hospital equipment or household materials. Shanna Swan, an environmental health scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said she is concerned by the findings because preterm babies already have 'a whole lot stacked against them.' Eighty per cent of the infants born before 37 week and 30 per cent of the full-term infants had levels of four phthalate metabolites in their urine that exceeded adult guidelines, based on hormone effects, set by the European Food Safety Authority. In animal tests, the chemicals had anti-androgenic effects on offspring, which means they blocked male hormones that guide reproductive development. (more)

Finland: Cynical attitude in golden years linked to dementia risk
30 May 2014 - An individual's personality and outlook on life may affect their risk of developing dementia, according to a new study from Finland. Cynical distrust, anger, or hostility have been linked to heart problems and inflammation in past research, and dementia may be another potential consequence of a bad attitude, researchers say. It's also possible that health problems and behaviours associated with cynicism are contributing to dementia risk, the study team notes. Cynical people tend to smoke more, weigh more, and exercise less, which can affect health, and they are less likely to follow medical advice or treatment regimens, researchers said. They also tend to have higher stress responses and inflammation, which can accelerate heart disease, which in turn contributes to dementia risk. (more)

Mid-life job stress linked to later health problems
26 December 2013 - More strain at work might mean more illness in old age, according to a new study from Finland. The study found both physical and mental job strain were tied to hospital stays later in life. Mental job strain can come from tight deadlines, high demands and having little control over one's work. Physical strain includes sweating, breathlessness and muscle strain. 'Job strain is something that is individually perceived, so persons working in similar jobs can report different amounts of job strain,' lead researcher Mikaela von Bonsdorff said. 'When talking about job strain it is important to remember that occasional feelings of job strain are not necessarily a bad thing, but persistent high job strain has been identified as a health hazard.' Recent studies have linked long-term job strain to lower functioning that lasts into old age, added von Bonsdorff. She is a gerontology researcher at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. (more)

Finnish mine struggles to fix leak, high uranium found
9 November 2012 - Finnish nickel miner Talvivaara said on Friday it was still trying to fix a waste water leak at its mine in Sotkamo, eastern Finland, which resulted in high levels of uranium in nearby waters. Uranium more than 50 times higher than normal levels were found in streams this week near Talvivaara's nickel and zinc mine, according to nuclear safety officials, although they said they did not see any risk to public health. The ore from the mine also contains uranium. Talvivaara shut down production at the mine on Sunday after discovering the leakage, the latest in a series of problems at the site over the past year including environmental concerns and the death of a worker in March. The company announced early on Friday that it stopped the leakage, but later said that another leak had occurred and it was working to fix it. Even before the week's problems, the company was already struggling with low production and weak nickel prices. Talvivaara has cut its annual nickel production target twice this year, blaming heavy rainfall for disrupting production. (more)

The nearer the bar, the greater the chances of risky drinking
2 November 2012 - Does living near a bar encourage people to overindulge, or do heavy drinkers move to neighbourhoods with easy access to alcohol? A new study suggests it may be the former for some people. Researchers in Finland found that of nearly 55,000 Finnish adults followed for seven years, those who moved closer to bars were somewhat more likely to increase their drinking. When a person moved one kilometre (0.6 mile) closer to a bar, the odds of becoming a heavy drinker rose 17 per cent. A 'heavy drinker' meant more than 10 ounces a week for men and about seven ounces a week for women, of distilled alcohol. Since the study was done in Finland, one question is how well the findings would apply to other countries. That's unclear, Jaana L. Halonen, of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Kuopio said, because drinking habits and 'cultural norms' vary by country. 'For instance,' she noted, 'in the UK and Australia, heavy drinking is reported to be more common than in Finland, whereas in the USA it is less common.' 'On the other hand,' she added, 'it is unlikely that easy access to a bar would affect drinking only among Finnish employees.' (more)

Moms' smoking linked to psychiatric meds in kids
27 August 2011 - Kids whose moms smoked while pregnant were more likely to end up on medications such as antidepressants, stimulants and drugs for addiction in a new study from Finland that hints at maternal smoking's effect on a baby's developing brain. The new study is 'entirely consistent with a large and still-growing research literature on the effects of prenatal and secondhand smoke exposure on the mental health of children,' said Dr. Michael Weitzman, who studies that topic at New York University Medical Center and was not involved in the new study. 'At the very least, parents need to be educated that they might be doing brain damage to their children if they smoke during key times in development,' Weitzman said. (more)

Finland: link between swine flu shot, narcolepsy
2 February 2011 - Finnish researchers have found an increased risk of narcolepsy among 4 to 19-year-olds who were given swine flu shots, a government health agency said Tuesday. The National Institute for Health and Welfare, which published the findings, said that 60 children and adolescents contracted narcolepsy in Finland in 2009 and 2010. Fifty-two of them -- or almost 90 per cent -- had received the Pandemrix vaccine. 'Based on the preliminary analyses, the risk of falling ill with narcolepsy among those vaccinated in the 4-19 years age group was nine-fold in comparison to those unvaccinated in the same age group,' the study said. It found that the biggest increase was among those aged 5 to 15 years. The World Health Organization welcomed the report but said it does not recommend any changes, and that the vaccine remains on the list of recommended vaccines. (more)

Finnish dock workers begin strike halting cargo
4 March 2010 - Dock workers stopped handling cargo at Finnish ports on Thursday after labour contract negotiations broke down, leading to the closing of most of the country's foreign trade. Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen said he feared the long-term effects of the strike in the highly export dependent economy, adding that it is costing the country more than €100 million ($137 million) daily in lost earnings. 'This is a very serious situation. Our national economy is in recession and we need to participate in the budding global economic recovery,' Mr Vanhanen said. 'We didn't really need this homemade setback. We have enough problems as it is.' The Finnish economy shrank in the fourth quarter of last year, as the global downturn continued to hit the country. Finland's gross domestic product was down 5.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2008. In the full year, the Finnish economy shrank 7.6 per cent compared to 2008, its largest drop since 1918. (more)

Lack of 'team spirit' at work tied to depression
14 April 2009 - Poor team spirit at the workplace may do more than drag down morale, it can make people depressed, according to the findings of a new study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 'As depressive disorders are a major cause of work disability and account for a considerable proportion of the disease burden, more attention should be paid to psychosocial factors at work,' lead author Dr. Marjo Sinokki of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Turku told Reuters Health via e-mail. People with a poor work climate, who felt it was highly prejudiced and quarrelsome, were 61 per cent more likely to be depressed, the researchers found. An unpleasant social environment at work could influence depression risk by increasing job stress, which could in turn affect factors like smoking, alcohol use, or exercise, the researcher noted. (more)

Worldwide interest growing in buying F-35 fighter
1 March 2009 - Finland and Belgium have become the latest countries to speak to the Pentagon about possible purchase of the multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, said manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp. The eight countries that have joined the United States to co-develop the F-35 -- Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Norway -- appear to be largely sticking to their plans to buy some 730 F-35s of their own, Pentagon officials have said. (more)

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