Startups & Tech

Porvoo software company urges government to be more cyber secure

A Porvoo software company is urging the government to take more care with cyber security, and perhaps switch even casual communications between ministers to a domestic platform instead of using a service owned by American tech giants. Hailer CEO Nico Larsen...

Ministry plans tracker app to trace coronavirus chains

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is planning to introduce a mobile phone app to help trace the spread of coronavirus in Finland. Other EU countries have already announced they would plan to roll out a similar schemes, which...

Slush 2020 canceled due to coronavirus

This year's Slush startup event, set to be held in November, has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Organisers made the announcement on Monday afternoon and say that startups are facing "unprecedented challenges" with help needed more than...

Google data reveals how Finns are avoiding shared spaces, and flocking to parks

New data released by tech giant Google shows how peoples' movement has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Communities Mobility Report for Finland looks at anonymous data from mobile phones using Google location services, and shows that over...

Drive to donate computers for distance learning students

A number of initiatives are underway in Finland to provide computer for students who don't have their own, and help them keep up with distance learning classes. Most classes are canceled until the middle of May, with education officials making...

Kajaani supercomputer joins the race to find a coronavirus vaccine

A supercomputer at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences KAMK is linking up with Stanford University in California to help model the surface structure of the coronavirus and its protein folding process. The work is part of the Folding@home project which...

Espoo’s Remedy Entertainment inks new games production deal

Espoo's Remedy Entertainment, which has produced blockbuster gaming titles like Max Payne, Control, Quantum Break and Alan Wake, has signed a new deal with Epic Games to publish two of Remedy's upcoming projects. Although no financial information is available for...

Viking Line introduces digital keys for passenger cabins

Passengers on Viking Line ships will be able to use a new digital key system to get into their cabins from later this week. The new technology, the first for an operator in the Baltic Sea region, will be introduced...

Nokia pulls out of Mobile World Congress over coronavirus fears

Finnish telecoms company Nokia says it's pulling out of Mobile World Congress due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus. The event is due to take place in Barcelona later this month, and attracts more than 100,000 attendees. "While the...

Slush announces shakeup of senior leaders for 2020 event

The organisation behind one of Europe’s biggest annual tech and startup events Slush is refreshing its management lineup – something it’s done every year or two since it began. Miika Huttunen takes over as the new CEO while Oona Poropudas is the President...

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Ministry wants to order €100 million worth of protective equipment

The Ministry of Health has submitted a procurement proposal to buy €100 million worth of protective equipment for the National Emergency Supply Agency NESA,...

Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...

Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

Finns get comfortable and relax during lockdown

Finns are getting comfortable and relaxing at home during the coronavirus lockdown, spending more money on spa treatments and leisure wear clothing according to...