The surprising truth about Finland

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Bright place, Bright people - Innovative Tampere Region

Did you know that…

…The world’s largest port automation test area is situated in the biggest Nordic inland city - Tampere?
…The world’s leading mining and tunneling manufacturer comes from Tampere - a city that has no mines or tunnels, except for cars?
…Two deep sea submarines, MIR I and MIR II, were built and tested in Tampere - a city located between two vast lakes with max depth of 40 meters?
…The world’s first smartphone, the Nokia Communicator, was born in 1996 in Tampere - a city that neighbors a town called Nokia?

..all of the following innovations have seen daylight for the very first time in the Tampere Region:

- NMT phone call
- Automatic Teller Machine (ATM)
- Bioabsorbable implant
- Electromechanical film
- Micro-chrystallized chitosan
- GSM phone call
- Walking forest machine
- First Communicator (Nokia 9000)
- Digital x-ray image
- Mobile phone camera (Nokia 7650)
- Automated mine loading
- Fog screen walkthrough display
- Automated container terminal
- Preservative-free prostaglandin eye-drop for glaucoma treatment
- New jawbone was grown from a patient’s fat cells using stem cell technology
- Biodegradable implant that releases antibiotics

Tampere Region in brief

- Population 499 000
- 31 000 places of business
- 2nd largest airport in the country
- 2/3 Finns live within a 1,5h drive from Tampere
- Every 5th citizen in Tampere is a student
- World class research and university-industry collaboration
- Easy to reach – one-day business trip to all major locations
- Talented, educated, experienced people
- Growth center that keeps on growing
- At the top of the most attractive Finnish cities – year after year

Finland in brief


Total area: 338,144 square kilometres, of which 10% is water and 69% forest; Europe’s largest archipelago, including the semi-autonomous province of Åland

Population: 5.4 million

Capital: Helsinki (595,000), about 1.3 million people live in the Helsinki metropolitan area

GNP: In 2013, Finland’s GNP per capita was 37,018 euros

Currency: The Finnish currency unit is the euro. Finland was one of the 12 EU countries that started using the euro in 2002.

Languages: Finland has two official languages: Finnish (91.5%) and Swedish (5.5%). Another official indigenous minority language is Sami (0.03%)

Religion: Lutheran (75.2 %) and Orthodox (about 1.1%)

Neighboring Countries: Sweden, Norway, Russia

Parliament: Parliament consists of one chamber with 200 members. The members are elected for a four-year term by direct popular vote under a system of proportional representation.

President: The head of state is the President of the Republic. The President is elected for a six-year term by direct popular vote. The president for the current term (until February 28, 2018) is Mr Sauli Niinistö.

Climate: The climate of Finland is marked by cold winters and fairly warm summers. In summer the temperature quite often rises to +20 Celsius or more and occasionally goes close to +30 in southern and eastern parts of the country. In winter, temperatures of -20 Celsius are not uncommon in many areas. Finnish Lapland invariably has the lowest winter temperatures

Local Time: +2 hrs GMT

Flight Times to Helsinki hrs:min:
Beijing 8:00
Brussels 2:40
Melbourne 22:00
Moscow 1:40
New York 8:40
Rome 3:40
Tokyo 9:30

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