Startups & Tech

New Finnish robot drives to clean up the dirty business of street sweeping

A company from Kuopio has invented a new type of autonomous street sweeper that's as powerful as a traditional truck, but has zero carbon emissions and very little noise pollution. It runs on electric batteries and tackles Finland's seasonal...

Nokia inks new 5G infrastructure deal in UK

Nokia has signed a deal to become the largest infrastructure partner for British telecoms company BT. As part of the deal Nokia will provide equipment and services at BT radio sites across the UK as the company expands its domestic...

More than 40 codes given out to trace virus chains on new app

Healthcare officials have given out more than 40 codes to people using the Koronavilkku app, and who tested positive for Covid-19. The app was launched at the beginning of September and has so far been downloaded by the equivalent of...

‘A quarter of Finland’ downloads coronavirus track and trace app

The new Koronavilkku Covid-19 track and trace mobile app has now been downloaded 1.4 million times since its launch on Monday morning: the equivalent to 25% of the entire Finnish population. "I think that if nearly 1.4 million devices has...

Finland’s coronavirus track and trace app goes live

Finland's coronavirus track and trace app is available for download to mobile devices from Monday. The 'Corona Flash' app - called Koronavilkku in Finnish - is completely anonymous and entirely voluntary to use, can help public health officials know how...

Finnish software turns cyber bulling text into kinder words

A Finnish software company has developed a new to cut down on cyber bullying by turning words that are meant to harm or humiliate into something more pleasant. Espoo-based TietoEVRY collaborated with teenagers at Finnish schools, and the Children &...

Finnish ‘ghost kitchens’ testing out trillion dollar restaurant trend

Finnish kitchen are starting to cash in on a trillion-dollar restaurant trend that's forecast to change the way we think of food services. Ghost kitchens - also known as cloud kitchens, or virtual kitchens - don't have bricks and mortar...

Contact tracing app launches in limited test phase

A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is being launched on Tuesday for a month of testing. The first people to test the new app on a voluntary basis are several...

Young entrepreneurs: Twin brothers launching new Helsinki-Turku bus service

Two young entrepreneurs are set to launch a brand new bus service linking Helsinki and Turku with low-cost fares. Twins Henri and Eero Autio are just 21-years old and still studying at university, but they've identified a gap in the transport market...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after a number of countries ran into tech problems with their own software efforts. Officials are keen...

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“Unreasonable” – Reaction as journalist loses appeal in case with right-wing politician

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi today upheld the decision of a lower court to convict and fine journalist Johanna Vehkoo for insulting a...

Parliament committee approves citizen’s initiative on FGM

The cross-party Parliamentary Legal Committee has voted unanimously to approve a citizen's initiative to ban female genital mutilation. Although FGM is already considered a crime...

Brexit Brits: Finnish permanent residence applications will cost €48

British nationals living in Finland who want to apply for permanent residence will be charged €48, according to the Immigration Service Migri. Anyone who has...

Double duty: PM to represent Finland and Sweden at EU meeting

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is attending a special European Council meeting in Brussels on 1st and 2nd October - and rather unusually she'll be...

WATCH: How coronavirus changed Finland’s population

Did you know that the coronavirus pandemic is already having an impact on Finland's population? According to Statistics Finland the number of people in Finland...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 30th September 2020

Bar and restaurant restrictions "disproportionately severe" and unconstitutional.  The Finnish Hospitality Industry MaRa says new rules to slow the spread of coronavirus by limiting the...

New restrictions on bars and restaurants as some cities enter ‘accelerated phase’

The government has decided to impose temporary new measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, after many new cases were linked to bars and...

Nokia inks new 5G infrastructure deal in UK

Nokia has signed a deal to become the largest infrastructure partner for British telecoms company BT. As part of the deal Nokia will provide equipment...