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his year Finnair started an exciting new journey towards an inspiring digital vision for our company: we want to embrace digital change and become an intelligent travel ecosystem by 2020. Our digital services are a growing part of our service offering that comprises four different areas: our main digital sales channel finnair.com; our mobile travel companion smartphone app; the new Nordic Sky portal onboard our new fleet; and our online retail shops. These services make us a significant digital player in the marketplace – in e-commerce alone we’re one of Finland’s top three players. More than two million customers visit our digital platform each month.
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IN THIS ISSUE A specially choreographed Moomin ballet tours Japan.
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LIFESTYLE THE MOOMINS HIT THE ROAD
The Finnish National Ballet delights Japanese audiences
LIFESTYLE TOP SWIMS AROUND THE WORLD Five reasons to pack a bathing suit
DESTINATION THE WILDS OF KARELIA
The eastern province of Finland never ceases to amaze
BUSINESS THERAPEUTIC ARCHITECTURE
Wise design transforms hospitals into wellbeing zones
Chess players take in thermal waters in Budapest.
DESTINATION JAPAN’S SAKE ROUTE Learn the history of the traditional drink
LIFESTYLE FINLAND SPILLS THE BEANS
Meet the roasters behind the country’s coffee wave
DESTINATION KIEV FOR THE CURIOUS
Discover the colourful artistic side of the Ukranian capital
DESTINATION THE WINDY CITY’S WATERFRONT Snapshot of the Chicago Riverwalk
Culinary tastes of Karelia
Menorca on the mind................. 11
Adventure escapes...................... 12
In the saddle with Satu Silvo......18
Out and about in Finland.......... 20
Taste buds in the air....................21
New old Frankfurt........................22
TWO OF A KIND
Scents of Paris...............................24
Street artist Maikki Rantala..... 25 APRIL 2017
IN THIS ISSUE
Pour-over coffee is a customer favourite at Cafetoria.
The Chicago Riverwalk makes a comeback.
Kiev has a treasure trove of street art.
Alexander Stubb.....................................38 Stefan Nilsson..........................................52 Finland in figures.................................... 98
Tips for takeoff........................................ 80 Inflight wellbeing.................................... 81 Entertainment.......................................... 82
Menorca, p. 11 Finland p. 18, 26, 40, 54 Frankfurt, p. 22 Paris, p. 24
Inflight shopping..................................... 83 Sustainability............................................. 84 Border crossings..................................... 85 Helsinki Airport ....................................... 86 Maps and destinations......................... 88 Fleet and My Finnair............................. 92 Finnair Plus................................................ 94 8 BLUE WINGS APRIL 2017
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Japan, p.26, 49 Kiev, p. 62 Chicago, p. 66
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Hyvä uni on yksi elämän tärkeimmistä asioista. Jensen on parantanut ihmisten nukkumista ja unenlaatua jo vuodesta 1947. Diplomat Dream on Jensenin säädettävien vuoteiden klassinen malli, joka sisältää kaikki olennaisimmat toiminnot. Huolellisesti valittujen materiaalien lisäksi tässä vuoteessa on Jensen® Original -vyöhykejärjestelmä, jossa on pehmeä hartiavyöhyke ja sisäänrakennettu ristiseläntuki. Headrest-toiminto mahdollistaa sen, että niskasi ja pääsi ovat aina hyvässä asennossa kun istut vuoteessa. Mukana myös muistitoiminto oman suosikkiasennon tallennukseen. Nuku aina parasta unta omassa vuoteessasi. ESPOO | HELSINKI | HÄMEENLINNA | JYVÄSKYL Ä | KOUVOL A | KUOPIO | L AHTI | L APPEENRANTA MIKKELI | OULU | PORI | PORVOO | ROVANIEMI | SEINÄ JOKI | TAMPERE | T URKU | VAASA | VANTAA
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MELLOW MENORCA TEXT BY SILJA KUDEL PHOTO BY ISTOCK
Why do Mallorca and Ibiza monopolise the headlines when true paradise lies hidden right next door? Laid-back Menorca is a turquoise-watered Balearic island with miles of beaches – in fact the small island boasts more beaches than Ibiza and Mallorca combined. But rather than “boast,” Menorca preserves its unspoilt charms with a lowkey style. The island was designated a biosphere reserve in 1993 by UNESCO and the local government is working to achieve World Heritage Site designation for its prehistoric monuments. To this day, no one is certain of the original function of the T-shaped stone monuments called taulas, but they are believed to have spiritual or astronomical significance.
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ROLL OVER DISNEY
Putting the “theme” in theme park
“Theming” has replaced “bigger, faster, and scarier” as the drawcard of new theme parks. Museo Atlántico off the coast of Lanzarote is Europe’s first underwater museum, featuring more than 300 life-sized human figures by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The sculptures populate a surreal blue world that doubles as an artificial reef promoting biodiversity. Red, in turn, is the signature colour of Ferrari Land, a new attraction for sports car fanatics at Spain’s PortAventura Park near Barcelona. Highlights include a test
circuit where fans can get behind the wheel of a miniature Ferrari that feels just like the real thing. And for lovers of homemade pasta, prosciutto, and Nutella, there’s Eataly, Bologna’s new “Disneyland of food.” The 20-acre edutainment centre expects to attract 10 million visitors a year. Last but not least, fans of James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Avatar can step into a sci-fi world at Pandora – The World of Avatar, a new theme park opening this summer at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Beer and yoga don’t seem an obvious pairing, but Jhula from Bieryoga – a Berlin-based certified yoga teacher and passionate beer drinker – begs to differ. She teaches yoga classes combining asanas with beer-guzzling, which turns out to be a surprisingly effective way to reach a higher plane of consciousness. Both are, after all, ancient therapies for the body and soul. bieryoga.de
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MALT AND MINDFULNESS
Jurassic giants alive It’s Jurassic Park come true – virtually. Google is collaborating with 50 natural history museums to bring dinosaurs to life with its Arts & Culture app. Visitors wearing virtual reality headsets at the London and Berlin Natural History Museums can enjoy an amazing 360º experience of more than 30,000 specimens. Highlights of London’s virtual tour include a YouTube video of a giant rhomaleosaurus recreated by the museum’s scientists. The giant marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago comes back to life in a stunning VR video that takes a close-up look at its muscles, movements, and the texture of its skin. The fierce sea dragon swims the corridors of the gallery with scary realism: luckily those snapping jaws are just gigapixels.
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The artful traveller
FRESH FROM the opening of Ars 17 Hello World!, a major new exhibition at Helsinki’s Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, museum director Leevi Haapala shares tips for travellers looking to unleash their artful side.
Heavenly blessings WITH DARK SKIES becoming a luxury in this age of urban light pollution, a growing number of travellers are booking trips purely to witness a rare celestial event. Finland and Iceland are among the top destinations for a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights in winter-
Cycling style GOODBYE CLINGY polyester: Keli Clothing is a new indie label offering Finnish-made cycling clothes made from 100 per cent merino wool, in colours inspired by Nordic nature. “Keli was born when we couldn’t find ecological sportswear that also looks good. For us, Keli means supporting sustainable choices and enjoying an active life,” says the label’s co-founder, Sanni Pennanen. keliclothing.fi
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time, but summer 2017 also has special treats in store for astro-tourists: US hotels are already selling out for the total solar eclipse on August 21. This summer Saturn’s rings will also be more visible than they have been in 14 years.
Q: What are your top travel destinations as an art connoisseur? A: Venice is a must during the Biennale di Venezia. My favourite museums include MACBA in Barcelona. In San Francisco I really liked Snøhetta’s expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: it’s like an iceberg floating in the middle of the city. Q: What should art lovers see in Helsinki? A: Kiasma, of course, especially during ARS17 Hello World!. I also recommend a tour of artist-run spaces close to the new Clarion Hotel Helsinki in Jätkäsaari: Forum Box, SIC, and Huuto Gallery. Also the Design Museum in the Kaartinkaupunki neighbourhood is always worth a visit with its new display of Finnish design icons.
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APRIL 1–MAY 14 AMSTERDAM. After a grey winter starved of colour, the Dutch capital becomes a riot of flowers during the April Tulip festival. More than 500,000 tulips fill the gardens throughout the city in an exuberant palette of hues. tulpfestival.com ISTOCK
BANGKOK. The world’s largest water fight takes place in Thailand every April to celebrate the Thai New Year. The party is at its wildest in Bangkok, but the entire nation joins in the fun of the Songkran Water Festival.
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The South Korean capital knows how to throw a birthday party, especially when the birthday boy is Buddha. Yeon Deung Hoe festival begins with the lighting of hundreds of thousands of lotus lanterns, culminating in a dazzling parade of floats. Everyone is invited to the annual Lotus Lantern Festival, even though only a quarter of the Korean population are Buddhists, for whom lanterns symbolise wisdom and the lotus stands for purity.
TRUJILLO. The birthplace of the Conquistadors hosts Spain’s cheesiest event, La Feria del Queso. Every year thousands of foodies converge on stalls in the main square to sample over 500 flavours and dine in local eateries serving traditional dishes celebrating aromatic queso.
Light up the lotus
APR IL 28 – MAY 1
APRIL 8–AUGUST 20 Put some flowers in your hair and join in a citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Summer of Love. Highlights include The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion & Rock and Roll, an exhibition at the de Young museum featuring more than 400 photographs, concert posters, hippie fashion, and historic ephemera, plus mind-blowing, immersive music and light show installations. deyoung.famsf.org/ summer-love-art-fashion-and-rock-roll
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MY FINNISH FAVOURITES
100 YEARS Blue Wings salutes Finland’s centenary by spotlighting inspiring Finns throughout the year. suomifinland100.fi
TEXT BY CARINA CHELA PHOTOS BY SAMI SALLINEN
Satu Silvo was chosen Finland’s Cyclist of the Month in February 2017 in a campaign that is part of Finland’s 100th anniversary celebrations. She cycles on average 3,000 kilometres a year, all year-round. Off the bike, Silvo owns Silvoplee, which was awarded Helsinki’s best vegetarian eatery in 2016.
Pedalling happiness There’s nothing like the sensation of freedom when you are pedalling down a road and feeling the wind in your hair. Just ask actress and entrepreneur Satu Silvo who started cycling before she could read. For Silvo every ride is an endorphin dose. “It boosts my fitness and mental wellbeing. I have a car but rarely drive it!” Silvo uses her bike to commute, run errands, or simply to go for a spin in her home-town Helsinki. “After a theatre per-
formance, especially if it’s one of those hyperactive comedies, it really feels relaxing to bike back home.” Whether it’s to keep fit, torch calories, or to increase your brain power, cycling is always an environmental choice. “Cycling uses no fuel and when I’m in the city I always find a parking spot,” she says. Silvo has an electric bike with an integrated electric motor that can be used to boost the pedal-power. E-bikes are zero-
emission vehicles and even if the batteries have to be recharged and stored, e-bikes have a much lower environmental impact than cars. In wintery Finland, they also come in handy for navigating icy or snowy roads without exerting too much effort. Helsinki, a cycle-friendly city, is constantly improving its bikeability. “With my bike I have discovered places I would never have known existed if I only travelled by car or public transport,” she says.
SILVO’S FAVOURITE HELSINKI HANGOUTS
This cape is a hidden treasure for nature and sea lovers, especially bird watchers. By bike it’s about half an hour from Helsinki centre.
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LAMMASSAARI The name of this nature trail area literally means sheeps’ island. However, sheep have migrated to neighbouring Kuusiluoto island. FYI: bikes are not allowed on the islands.
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REGATTA CAFETERIA This tiny red cottage by the sea is popular among locals. It always smells like your grandma has been baking cinnamon buns all night. For every refill coffee, you get 5 cents back.
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100 YEARS Blue Wings salutes Finland’s centenary by highlighting interesting events throughout the year. suomifinland100.fi
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY LAURA IISALO VASTAVALO
Let’s make mämmi APRIL 6
On the night of April 6, foodies from all over Finland will get together to make mämmi; a traditional Finnish Easter dish that people tend to either love or hate. Tastings of the sweet, sticky dish will be organised around the country as part of the Let’s Eat Together project, which includes a series of events encouraging friends, families, local residents, and visitors to share a meal celebrating seasonality and local traditions.
UNTIL MAY 29 ENTER AND ENCOUNTER is an exhibition of contemporary Finnish design at the Design Museum in Helsinki featuring the fantastic Ragamuf chair concept by Martta Leskelä and Tuula Pöyhönen, handmade by Syrian refugee women. Also on show is 100 objects from Finland, which tells the story of Finland’s independence through design.
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APRIL17-21 A SPECIAL CENTENNIAL SKI TREK takes skiers from around the world though the snowy landscapes of Lapland. The adventure starts from the ski resort of Levi and ends in the Sámi village of Hetta four days and 120 kilometres later. Everyone is invited to join in. suomi100hiihtovaellus.fi
UNTIL APRIL 23
Many faces of modernism
UNTIL JULY 30 The Modern Life! exhibition at Helsinki Art Museum HAM takes a close look at the creative period coinciding with Finland’s rapid transition to modernity between 1917 and 1968. International success stories from the fields of architecture, design, photography, and visual arts bear witness to an era characterised by strong faith in the future. The functionalist museum building is itself a great example of Finnish modernism.
Events subject to change.
WANDERERS is a photo exhibition at the Sámi Museum featuring the work of Jorma Luhta. Based on his book Wanderers in the North, the show looks at the life of Arctic birds and mammals living in the fells, drawing attention to the environmental changes that threaten Finland’s northern wildlife.
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CHEERS Surprise your friend or pamper yourself by ordering a bottle of champagne (or a box of chocolates) to be served onboard.
TEXT BY SILJA KUDEL PHOTOS BY ISTOCK
Flavours that fly EVER WONDERED why a Bloody Mary tastes extra special on a plane? Or why chocolate tastes different at 30,000 feet? The answer lies between our ears, according to a study carried out by Cornell University. Tests revealed that aeroplane noise dulls our perception of sweetness. Curiously, the hum of jet engines intensifies one flavour above others: the umami flavour of tomatoes, which might explain the popularity of enjoying a Bloody Mary among passengers. Besides noise, the combination of high altitude, low air pressure, and dry atmosphere impairs our ability to
perceive flavours up to 30 per cent. Special culinary tricks are therefore needed to enhance the intensity of inflight menus. Adding salt is the obvious short-cut, but there are other ways to dial up the volume, for instance with umami, smokiness, and minerals. “Beef, spinach, and nutmeg make a perfect combination of earthy flavours,” reveals Michelin-starred chef Sasu Laukkonen, creator of Finnair’s Signature Menus for business class. “Other good flyers include slowbraised tender meats such as osso bucco, overcooked stews, and oily fish like salmon.”
In this series Blue Wings looks into the fascinating world of flying through inspiring people, discoveries, and inventions.
MAINHATTAN CALLING Frankfurt am Main’s skyline is reminiscent of New York City. That’s why the city has been nicknamed Mainhattan. Finnair flies to Frankfurt twice a day.
TEXT BY SIMON FRY DOMRÖMER GMBH / HHVISION
Medieval and modern mix in Frankfurt am Main.
Back to the past
VISITORS TO FRANKFURT will soon be able to stroll around its central Altstadt (Old Town) in all its pre-war glory. Nearly 7,000 square metres of the city centre are being rebuilt as the DomRömer Quarter; with the site officially opened to new residents, workers, and the general public in 2018. The name comes from the site’s location between the Emperors’ Cathedral (the Dom) and the Römer, the city centre’s main square. The original old town dated back centuries and its pre-war incarnation featured alleyways, courtyards, stately houses as well as the Krönungsweg, the coronation path of German kings and emperors. Mass bombing in 1944, however, saw the historic city centre destroyed. In 2006, a planning workshop was set up to propose that the City Council bring back the hustle and bustle of the Altstadt. And the City Council did just that. 30 BLUE WINGS FEBRUARY 2017
One additional attraction will be the Stadthaus am Markt (City Hall on Market Square), which will also function as a meeting point and event space. Most notably, the City Hall is being built over the existing Archaeological Garden, where visitors can find remnants of history from three distinct eras: Roman baths, ninth-century Imperial Palace remains, and medieval middle-class house foundations and cellars. At a topping-out ceremony in October 2014, then Mayor Olaf Cunitz told guests of the project being, “A great contribution to Frankfurt’s culture of remembrance.” Until the official opening in 2018, visitors can watch the new old city taking shape; although the building site cannot be entered, a good view is to be had from outside. domroemer.de
Of interest for Frankfurtphiles A fascinating model of the original Old Town can also be seen at Frankfurt’s Historical Museum (Historisches Museum.) Built specifically for the museum between 1925 and 1961 by brothers Hermann and Robert Treuner, it depicts the Altstadt prior to its destruction. The museum also has a post-bombing model by the brothers. Both will be redisplayed in a new exhibition, entitled Frankfurt Einst?, scheduled to open in September 2017, subject to an entrance fee. historisches-museum-frankfurt.de
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TWO OF A KIND
SPRINGTIME IN PARIS Watch the world go by and immerse yourself in the French culture. Finnair flies to Paris five times a day!
TEXT BY SHELLY NYQVIST PHOTOS BY MUSEUMS
2 X MUSEUM
Paris in a bottle
Perfumes are one of France’s top ten exports, so it is only fitting that two new museum attractions in the French capital are scentsational.
HYMN TO PERFUME
THE NOSE KNOWS
Set inside a 19th-century mansion (formerly Christian Lacroix’s haute couture house) in the elegant 8th district is Le Grande Musée du Parfum. Opened at the end of 2016, the museum is already a must-smell with tourists. Visitors sniff their way through three sections starting in the basement. After a detailed description of the origins of perfume, the journey continues to the 1st floor and into a sensory immersion where interactive exhibits educate about the emotional power of smell. Further upstairs, the pièce de résistance is a light and sound installation where lasers stream out, each representing a different scent. Diane Thalheimer, the museum’s olfactive profiler, explains that the Perfume Organ, created by Jason Bruges, was designed so that fragrance notes translate into musical notes. “You smell what you hear,” she adds. Entrance is €14.50. 73, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
Near the Palais Garnier (Opéra de Paris) is the smaller Fragonard Musée du Parfum. And although the museum is tied to perfumery Fragonard, the branding is rather subtle. Opened in 2015, the museum is an ode to the founder’s collection of perfume paraphernalia. The guided tour starts with theory (from flower fields to extraction to the laboratory process) and winds its way to Fragonard’s largest retail store. There, staff train willing patrons about the various notes combined to create a fragrance – care of Fragonard, of course. Contrary to popular belief, one does not clear the nose palette by sniffing coffee beans. Instead, it is recommended to sniff oneself! Oh là là. Entrance is free, however for €95 every Saturday the museum holds workshops where guests create and take home a personalised scent. 3-5 square de l’Opéra Louis Jouvet
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In this series we meet the bright young talents of Nordic design and culture.
Art for the people
Graphic designer Maikki Rantala prefers to call herself an urban activist. After working in publishing for several years, she swapped magazines and computers for buckets of paint in order to liven up communal spaces with vibrant street art. “My work is not just about my personal expression. I see it as a way to create a better, prettier, and more human city for everyone,” she says. One of the biggest street art projects she participated in was the giant mural covering the walls of Vantaa’s Myyrmäki train station, which was decorated by a group of artists. Painting a wall might take only a week or so but the task requires extensive preparations. “Curating, networking, meetings, and bureaucracy take up a big chunk of my time,” laments Rantala. To ease the p rocess, she is a member of several art collectives that aim to change the way street art is perceived and executed. “Street art is for everyone – it is very democratic by definition. It creates a sense of appreciation and helps to form a local identity, which then improves general wellbeing,” she says. Rantala’s next big venture is with Street Art Vantaa and Artsi museum. This twoyear project will liven up the suburban area of Vantaa by bringing six international mural masters to Finland to work with local artists to create 12 large paintings around the city by 2018. Rantala is pleased about the way things are turning out. “For ten years street art was completely criminalised in Helsinki, which robbed us of a big chunk of urban culture. Now we have a lot of catching up to do,” she adds. helsinkiurbanart.com
Maikki Rantala, street artist and creative director, next to an art piece she created in 2014 for a communal backyard in Helsinki’s Alppila.
The Finnish National Ballet takes the loveably philosophical Moomins to Japan for the premiere of Moomin and the Magicianâ€™s Hat. We peek behind the scenes as the famed storybook family puts poetry in motion. TEXT BY SILJA KUDEL PHOTOS BY MIRKA KLEEMOLA/FINNISH NATIONAL BALLET AND SUSANNA KEKKONEN
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By my tail,
Above: The Magician’s hat produces a series of mysterious transformations in Moominvalley. Below: (From left) Mai Komori, Antti Keinänen, and Hanako Matsune.
tretching like a cat, Mai Komori arrives for ten o’clock morning class at the Finnish National Ballet. The piano keys tinkle as she begins her warm-up – a compulsory ritual six days a week for all 76 members of the company. The ballet master Jarmo Rastas – a former principal dancer – sings out commands in a booming voice: “Four tendus front, four tendus side…one, two, three, four…and demi-plié!” The company’s working language is English, as the ensemble employs dancers of 21 different nationalities. Three are from Japan, including Nagoya-born Mai Komori, who – after 17 years with the Finnish National Ballet – is thrilled to be joining its first-ever tour of Japan in April. “It’s so exciting to perform before a home crowd!” she says. The highlight of the tour is the premiere of Moomin and the Magician’s Hat, a new choreography by Kenneth Greve, artistic director of the Finnish National Ballet, based on Tove Jansson’s famous children’s book Finn Family Moomintroll (1948). The ballet follows up the huge success of Moomin and the Comet, a balletic interpretation of the novel Comet in Moominland. The Magician’s Hat has literally kept the company on its toes through winter, as the costumes and sets had to be shipped to Japan weeks ahead of the tour.
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Morning class is a compulsory ritual six days a week for the entire ensemble.
Japan’s Hanako Matsune dances the role of the Ruby, the coveted possession of the Magician.
TU-TU CUTE After a quick lunch of rye bread sandwiches, Komori sets off to prepare for the afternoon dress rehearsal, which will be staged before a live audience. Komori dances the role of Moomintroll’s sweetheart, the somewhat vain and frivolous Snorkmaiden. “I grew up reading the Moomin books in Japan, so the characters are very familiar. It’s fun playing a girlygirl, but I personally identify more with cheeky Little My,” she says. A flicker of dismay crosses Komori’s face as she lifts her hulking costume: this is her first time dancing the entire piece in full garb. The hot, mascot-style outfit is as bulky as an inflatable sumo suit, added to which visibility is limited to a narrow slit roughly a metre in front of her. “It was a surprise putting it on for the first time. When I’m wearing the suit, every gesture must be exaggerated, otherwise my movements are obscured – but I mustn’t exaggerate too much either,” she says. The lights dim, the spotlights fall, and the music – by composer Tuomas Kantelinen – strikes up softly in the background. The corps de ballet glides onto stage dressed as delicate spring flowers. The ballet begins. Sixty minutes later, the hall rings with applause. The dress rehearsal has gone off impeccably – at least to the untrained eye of the casual observer. Removing 30 BLUE WINGS APRIL 2017
The ruby is believed to symbolise secret love.
her oversized snout, Komori bursts into peals of giggles. “Whenever I looked down, all I could see was my huge belly! I was worried I’d step off the edge of the stage! I just tried to focus on Moomintroll and make sure our hands connected when they’re supposed to.”
Soloist Hanako Matsune trained in Paris and the Netherlands.
THE RUBY IN THE SUITCASE Joining Komori on the Japanese tour is Hanako Matsune, who has been with the company for four years and was newly promoted to the status of soloist dancer. Matsune performs the enigmatic role of the Ruby, the prized possession of the Magician, who brings the precious gem to life in the form of a beautiful woman. “I dance in a regular red tutu, so I don’t face the same challenges as my colleagues in Moomin costumes,” she says, with a smile. “The Ruby is an abstract character. Everyone admires her power, but she doesn’t have a personality in the conventional sense.” In the original book by Jansson, the ruby is carried around in a suitcase by two characters named Thingumy and Bob, who are believed to symbolise Jansson and Vivica Bandler, a married woman with whom Jansson had a passionate love affair. Homosexuality was illegal in Finland at the time, so the ruby is
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“One can never be truly free if one admires someone else too much,” says the free-spirited Snufkin.
thought to represent their secret love. Matsune raises an eyebrow. “I wasn’t aware of that! For me the Ruby symbolises something precious, strong, and desirable. I try to add a special ‘shine’ to the dynamics of movement,” she states. “And I’m thrilled to be performing in Osaka, which is near my home town, Kobe. It will be wonderful to reunite with friends and family,” she adds.
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THE SPIRIT OF SNUFKIN The Moomins are loved not only for their gentle, philosophical outlook on life, but also for their instantly recognisable idiosyncrasies. We all know (and possibly live with) at least one feisty Little My, one bossy Hemulen, or one neurotic Fillyjonk. For the dancers, this is a challenge, as audiences tend to have firm opinions about how their favourite characters should be portrayed. “All Finns have an intimate relationship with the Moomins. We all read the books as children and we all have Moomin cups in our kitchens. It’s in our DNA,” says soloist Antti Keinänen, who dances the role of Snufkin. Also in his seventeenth year with the company, he was the obvious candidate for the role: choreographer Greve felt his pliant physique was ideally suited to portraying the dreamy, philosophical vagabond.
“I find the Moomins very graceful! They’re floaty like marshmallows.” “I can relate to Snukfin. His spirit is free as a bird, which I try to capture with poetic, peaceful movements, as contrasted with the agitated, angular movements of Little My,” says Keinänen. “But I must say my favourite Moomin character is Stinky – he’s just so weird!” he says, with a chuckle. TROLLS FOR TOLERANCE Today the famous Moomins command a franchise empire. They have been translated into everything from cutlery to comic strips – but why ballet? Surely the chubby Moomins are the complete antithesis of sylphlike ballet dancers? “I find the Moomins very graceful! They’re floaty like marshmallows,” says director Greve. In Greve’s opinion the dress rehearsal went shockingly well. “Normally it’s all chaos and bloopers, but not this time. We’ll study the video and continue polishing every detail.”
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MOOMIN MAGIC IN JAPAN As part of Finland’s official centenary celebrations, the Finnish National Ballet will stage six performances at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo on April 22–25 and two performances in Osaka on April 29–30. In addition to the premiere of Moomin and the Magician’s Hat, the gala also features highlights from the classical repertory, including The Swan of Tuonela, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote as well as an excerpt from a contemporary piece, Ballet Pathétique by Jorma Uotinen. Finnair is the official partner for the tour.
Moomintroll is author Tove Jansson’s alter-ego. Moominmamma and Moominpappa are based on her parents, who were artists.
Greve customised the piece especially for Japan, where the Moomins are hugely popular. “They’re Finland’s best export ambassadors.” When asked about the message he hopes to impart with the Moomin ballet, Greve leans back and beams widely. “Ah, this is my comfort zone! As a young boy in Denmark, I used to read Who Will Comfort Toffle? and I always loved Jansson’s ideology of kindness. The Moomins are very tolerant creatures; their home is always open to misfits. I’m a goodwill ambassador against racism, and themes promoting tolerance are close to my heart. It’s part of my personal ideology.” Being invited to tour Japan is a “huge honour,” adds Greve: “Japanese audiences are very discerning. Only the best ensembles in the world – such as the Wiener Staatsoper and the Bolshoi – are invited to perform there. They’re accustomed to top quality in every detail, so we aim to put on a gala show that showcases our company’s wide range of talents,” he says. Busy Greve is due for his next meeting, but there’s time for the classic question: Which Moomin character is he most like? The Dane hums in contemplation. “A combination, I suppose. My inner child is like the empathetic Moomintroll. As a father and husband, I’m definitely Moominpappa. But when I want something done, I become Little My!” l 34 BLUE WINGS APRIL 2017
For the love of ballet: Antti Keinänen, Mai Komore, and Hanako Matsune.
Silja Kudel is a Helsinki-based writer from Sydney who grew up reading The Book about Moomin, Mymble, and Little My. She feels great sympathy for the misunderstood Groke. Susanna Kekkonen is a passionate photographer who relates to the Moomin character of Snufkin, a nomad who leaves Moominvalley each winter for warmer climes.
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SWIMMING SPREE Located in Berlin’s gritty Treptow is a 30-metre bargeturned-swimming pool anchored in the Spree River. This is the Badeschiff or Bathing Ship – a symbol of the creative and quirky side of the German capital. The sky-blue freshwater pool with a depth of 2.05 metres is under the watchful eye of a lifeguard and offers fantastic city panoramas. A wooden footbridge connects the pool barge to the river bank where the hipster crowd kick back to play volleyball or practice yoga. Badeschiff, Berlin arena.berlin/en/location/badeschiff
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THE BIG BLUE Swimming for Icelanders is a national pastime. A 60-km drive south of the capital Reykjavik is the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, where both locals and travellers come to swim and relax in the warm, mineral-rich seawater. The seawater originates 2,000 metres beneath the ground where it is heated by earth’s natural forces to a perfect 37 to 39 degrees Celsius. Floating and swimming in the turquoise-coloured waters is a uniquely surreal experience. Renovation work is ongoing during this spring. Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik bluelagoon.com
THE EMPIRE SWIMS BACK There’s nothing like the experience of swimming on a rooftop with the city beneath – especially when that city happens to be New York. Situated in the uber-cool Meatpacking District, the Hotel Gansevoort Park Avenue boasts a 45-foot heated indoor-outdoor swimming pool 20 storeys up. When you tire of swimming laps, order a cocktail from the adjacent bar, relax by the poolside, and enjoy the Big Apple views. Pool access is available to guests throughout the year. Gansevoort Rooftop Pool, New York gansevoortpark.com
TAKING THE WATERS Budapest is well known for its ornate bath houses and the Gellért Baths is arguably the finest of them all. Its main swimming pool, surrounded by high galleries and marble columns, is a stunning example of NeoClassical architecture. Standard entry at Gellért includes access to the main swimming pool, (there’s also an outdoor pool for warmer months), medicinal thermal baths, sauna, and steam room. Another excellent Budapest bath house is Szechenyi, which is one of the largest in Europe. Gellért Baths, Budapest gellertbath.hu
POOL WITH A VIEW Situated on the edge of Sydney’s Bronte Beach are the historic Bronte Baths. Set into sculpted cliffs and dating from 1883, this 30-metre saltwater pool promises fabulous ocean views and attracts everyone from travellers to children jumping off the edge into the surrounding rock pools. “I learnt to swim here and so did my kids and grandkids and I reckon half of Sydney has, too,” says John Maguire who swims several laps here every day of the year. Bronte Baths, Sydney
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The funny world of Finnish idioms
have always been a fan of idioms, wrote kel onni on se onnen kätkeköön, old sayings, and figures of speech. “Whoever is happy should hide it.” They say a lot about the language, And how about setting high aims? heritage, and culture of a country. Today’s motivational literature often talks They also reveal how people about setting ambitious goals. A classic think. expression from Finnish history would Take, for example, the fact that Findisagree: se joka kuuseen kurkottaa se land is ranked the fifth happiest counkatajaan kapsahtaa – “if you reach for try in the world, according to the recently the spruce you will fall onto the juniper.” released 2017 World Happiness Report. In other words, don’t go aiming too high, Yet Finns are not known to be the most because the higher you go, the harder the smiling of people, unless you mention that fall. Finland is four places ahead of Sweden in I am glad to say that my teenagers laugh the rankings. Then out loud when you may crack a they hear these I DO LOVE THESE IDIOMS, smile. sayings. NO MATTER HOW But a This is exactly close look at why you should WONDERFULLY IDIOTIC THEY Finnish saylearn a few FinnSOMETIMES SOUND. ings – most ish sayings before of them are you land. It’s a old and should be taken with a grain great topic for small talk, albeit when I of salt, as they do not reflect the opti- did an exchange year in the United States my Swedish-speaking grandmother told mism and international ambition of me: att tala är silver, att tiga är guld – “to today’s youth – is revealing. They say speak is silver, to be silent is gold.” Not a lot about the Finnish soul and reflect necessarily the best advice for gregarious the fact that our history has not always America. been a bed of roses. I do love these idioms, no matter how Many older idioms are hilariously wonderfully idiotic they sometimes sound. miserable. Let’s start with the “life sucks” category. For example, Ei niin pahaa ettei jotain hyvääkin, which roughly translates to “not As an eternal optimist I have always loved so bad that there’s nothing good in it.” In pessimisti ei koskaan pety, which transthe old days these sayings might have been lates to “the pessimist will never be disconsidered as wisdom. Today? Well, I hope appointed.” Well, of course not. Play it they give you a good laugh. Welcome to safe, don’t expect that anything good Finland! l will ever happen, and you won’t be disappointed. That’s why it’s only natural that we Alexander Stubb, former prime minister believe “happiness will always end in of Finland, is one of the 12 expert members of tears,” itku pitkästä ilosta. And just the newly launched international World to make the point, one of our greatHappiness Council. est poets, Eino Leino (1878–1926),
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HOOKED ON KARELIA A trip around Lake Pielinen – Finland’s fourth largest lake – can encompass thrills, relaxation, and memorable tastes of this distinctive region of eastern Finland. TEXT BY FRAN WEAVER PHOTOS BY HERNAN PATIÑO
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The lakes and rivers of Ruunaa Hiking Area make sublime settings for fly-fishing, whether youâ€™re an old hand or a novice. APRIL 2017
The open-air Pielinen Museum in Lieksa contains lovingly preserved old wooden buildings from around the region.
merging from a muscle-soothing sauna we plunge into the refreshing waters of Lake Pielinen, and float serenely while watching the sun set behind the wooded hills that line the far shore. To compound our comfort, soothing herbal footbaths have been prepared by our hostess Heta Nevalainen from Herranniemi Guesthouse in Vuonislahti. This lovely lakeside retreat is an hour’s drive from Joensuu – the capital of the Finnish province of North Karelia. Local herbs also feature prominently in the guesthouse supper: in nettle soup made to Nevalainen’s grandmother’s recipe; in a wild plant pesto served with fresh lake fish; and in a “forest cocktail” containing birch sap, pine pollen, and the tips of young spruce branches – as well as juniper-flavoured gin. OUT IN THE WILD The following night we head out into the backwoods to a wildlife-watching cabin run by Erä-Eero near Lieksa. The forests of the eastern borderlands are home to bears, wolves, lynxes, and rare wolverines. Our guide Eero Kortelainen explains that the viewing hides are strategically located by paths used by these animals – though he scatters some dog snacks and other tasty treats in front of the hide to entice them to linger longer in view. For the first few hours we only spot woodland birds, but then we suddenly sense a presence near the hide – an inquisitive wolverine, sniffing out the titbits
Expert wildlife photographers reckon that viewing hides deep in the forests of Karelia are the best place in Europe – if not the world – to see endangered wolverines.
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During the gloomiest part of the short summer night, a huge bear prowls onto the scene just a few metres away from us trembling watchers. left by Kortelainen. Through the evening single wolverines boldly come and go, but during the gloomiest part of the short summer night, a huge bear prowls onto the scene just a few metres away from us trembling watchers. The hide’s notebook reveals that watchers enjoy exciting sightings on most nights. Wolverines make the most appearances, with bears and wolves also showing up. “Wolverines are really our speciality,” says Kortelainen. “Perhaps 20 live in this region – about 10 per cent of Finland’s total population.” RAPID TRANSIT We next move north to the Ruunaa Hiking Area, where the River Lieksanjoki winds for 30 kilometres through wild forests, placid lakes, and six sets of raging rapids. Rapids shooting trips start upstream of the hiking area, five kilometres from the Russian border. Instead of descending the river in rubber rafting dinghies, we choose to ride in a more traditional-looking wooden boat. “These boats are based on what log-floaters used to row while guiding huge loads of logs cut in Russia down to Finnish sawmills by Lake Pielinen,” explains rafting guide Jarkko Peltola. Peltola admits that even after shooting these rapids for more than 20 years he doesn’t know every rock in the river, but he somehow manages to guide our boat safely through even the most treacherous stretches. With spray flying everywhere we’re glad to be clad in waterproofs. FISHY BUSINESS Having seen many fishers along the riverbank, I decide to try my luck in the evening – aided by Juha Kärkkäinen, a fishing guide from Ruunaa Hiking Centre. “The river has plenty of brown trout, grayling, zander, whitefish, and rainbow trout; and with good paths leading down to great fishing spots Ruunaa is a fine place for youngsters and beginners to learn new skills and get hooked!” explains Kärkkäinen. Fishing from a rowboat in calm waters just above Kattilankoski rapids, I suddenly feel a sharp tug on my line and see a commotion in the water where I cast my lure. Kärkkäinen encourages me to firmly but calmly reel in the fish – a handsome rainbow trout. As
KEEPING UP KARELIAN TRADITIONS Karelia has its own distinctive cuisine and culture. An excellent place to sample delicacies including hearty Karelian stew and the region’s famous pies is the ornately decorated Bomba House, just outside Nurmes. This huge wooden house forms the centrepiece of a traditional Karelian village recreated on the shores of Lake Pielinen. “The idea behind Bomba has been to create a centre for keeping alive Karelian cultural traditions, so we regularly have events here including folk music concerts and dancing,” explains Pasi Tolonen, manager of Break Sokos Hotel Bomba.
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Old backwoods crofts in Koli National Park have been restored and are today managed using traditional local farming methods.
The old farmstead at Mattila in Koli National Park today houses a cosy summer café and guesthouse.
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dusk descends we grill the deliciously fresh fish over a riverside campfire, and enjoy a perfect al fresco feast. COUNTRY TASTES AND TOURS The countryside north of Lake Pielinen is dotted with farms, several of which have clubbed together to set up “Guesthouse to Guesthouse” tours, where visitors travel by car, bicycle, or canoe, and spend each evening sampling fine food in convivial farmhouse settings. “People love these types of tours, as it’s nice to do something active during the day, but then have a warm sauna and dinner waiting for you,” explains Henna Nevalainen, as we paddle our canoes along Karhujoki (Bear River) to her Laitalan Lomat Guesthouse. The guesthouses also form part of a wider “Karelia à la carte” network of gourmet venues. At the next guesthouse, Puukarin Pysäkki, hostess Anni Korhonen welcomes us with a sumptuous feast featuring delicacies including swedes baked in a sourdough rye crust, lamb smoked in a sauna, and a leafy salad of local wild plants. “We feel it’s important to use pure, fresh, organically grown local ingredients,” she says. The region’s most famous delicacy is the Karelian pie (karjalanpiirakka). These small oval-shaped open pies consist of a thin rye crust folded intricately around a porridge-like filling. Most of the Karelian pies sold around Finland are filled with rice porridge or mashed potato, but Korhonen insists the only truly traditional filling is
NAVIGATING KARELIA Information on Karelia visitkarelia.fi What to see and do around Koli koli.fi Erä-Eero wildlife-watching www.eraeero.com/?lang=en Koli National Park and Ruunaa Hiking Area nationalparks.fi Ruunaa Hiking Centre ruunaa.fi Ruunaan Matkailu, rapids shooting and activities ruunaanmatkailu.fi Guesthouse to guesthouse tours aksytammat.fi Koli Relax Spa kolirelaxspa.fi
The panoramic vista that opens up from the summit of UkkoKoli hill is one of the most famous views anywhere in Finland.
slow-cooked barley porridge. Guesthouse cook Jaana Pieviläinen teaches me how to fold thin discs of rye dough around the dollops of barley porridge, using my thumbs to make the characteristic wrinkly crusts. After a quick blast in a traditional Karelian bread oven my perfectly formed pies are ready to be served with melted butter.
Purists insist that the truly traditional filling for Karelian pies is porridge made of locally grown barley.
LOVELY VIEWS With our rucksacks filled with pies, we head for our last Karelian destination: the hills of Koli National Park. The rugged peak of Ukko-Koli (the Old Man of Koli) offers superb views over Lake Pielinen and the vast forests we’ve been exploring. This scene is often described as a “national landscape”, since it has inspired countless Finnish artists, photographers, and composers through the ages. In the heart of the park, we pause at Mattila, an idyllic old farmstead where Café Mandala serves organic, veggie, and vegan treats to hungry hikers in summer – and the Koli Oasis guesthouse hosts courses and retreats with themes including yoga, art, and dance. Having earned a little indulgence after yet another healthy and active day, we head for Koli Relax Spa. Housed in the Break Sokos Hotel Koli, the spa’s huge picture windows offer pleasing panoramas over Pielinen. After dipping in bubbling baths and soaking saunas, we bliss out in a hot tub out on the terrace, sipping chilled wine while overlooking the lake. This luxurious experience makes a perfect end to an unforgettable Lakeland journey. l APRIL 2017
FRAN WEAVER is a Helsinki-based freelance journalist who loves to explore Finland’s wild places and savour local specialities like Karelian pies and rainbow trout.
HERNAN PATIÑO is a regular contributor to Blue Wings who never tires of visiting Eastern Finland. He lives in Helsinki with his wife and three children. BLUE WINGS
HEALING SPACES How can hospital architecture enhance healing and wellbeing? We take a look at the transformation of hospital design and the building blocks for a mending environment. TEXT BY MINNA TAKKUNEN ILLUSTRATION BY ANNI-JULIA TUOMISTO
ospitals are by definition places where we are at our most vulnerable, both physically and emotionally. So why do they so often fall short when it comes to offering a healing, aesthetically energising experience? Long corridors, crowded rooms, and harsh fluorescent lights are hardly a boost to the healing process. “For decades, hospital architecture was governed by bureaucracy, hierarchy, technology, and government control,” says Hennu Kjisik, award-winning architect and professor of Urban Design at the University of Oulu. Kjisik has extensive international experience with hospital architecture projects and teaching, and his architectural practice is involved in designing the new Trauma and Cancer Centre at Meilahti Hospital in Helsinki. Interestingly, hospitals that were designed back in the 1920s and 1930s placed a greater emphasis on promoting wellbeing than those designed in foregoing or later decades. One of the finest examples of progressive hospital architecture is Alvar Aalto’s famous Paimio Sanatorium, built for tuberculosis patients in 1933. Paimio Sanatorium was designed to accommodate the only known tuberculosis remedies at the time – rest, sunlight, and fresh air. The building is surrounded by gardens and woodlands, there are sun loungers on the roof terrace, and the patient rooms are designed for
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maximum privacy. The details are designed to offer a gentle sensory experience: water flows silently into the washbasins, the lighting is soft, and the colours subtle. Sanatoriums faded into history after the discovery of efficient antibiotics for curing tuberculosis, but some of the principles of healing architecture – such as maximising sunlight in patient rooms – are now back in fashion again. NO MORE WAITING GAME The concept of “healing environment” emerged in common talk in the 1980s, notes Kjisik. There is scientific evidence confirming that surgical patients recover faster when surrounded by a natural landscape rather than facing a brick wall. Art, too, is beneficial, and more and more hospitals are installing works of art to lift the spirits. Healing architecture amounts to more than just eye-pleasing details, however. To enhance the wellbeing of both patients and personnel, hospitals need to serve multiple functions and offer intuitive navigation. “Patients should instantly know where to go,” says Kjisik. New digital devices are taking the guessing game out of waiting by telling patients when and where to report for their appointment, enabling them to wait comfortably in the hospital café, library, or outdoors. Certain new hospitals are trying a novel approach by having personnel go and meet the patient rather than the other way round. One example is the new
HISTORIC HOSPITALS IN FINLAND WELL WORTH A VISIT PAIMIO SANATORIUM A timeless masterpiece of modern architecture designed for tuberculosis patients in 1933 by Alvar Aalto. Located 30 km from Turku. Guided tours available. KUOKKALA MANOR This Jyväskylä-based edifice was originally designed as a private residence by Wivi Lönn in 1904, but it functioned as a maternity hospital from the 1940s to 1960s. Open to the public, with a café and art exhibitions.
Hospitals are becoming a shared part of the cityscape, more like a common living room. Central Hospital of Kainuu in northern Finland, which is scheduled for completion in 2021. The complex is designed around a central hall that serves as a meeting point between the hospital and the outside world, fostering spontaneous interaction between different specialists. “This promotes the sharing of expertise and builds a cross-disciplinary team supporting the patient,” says Jukka Juvonen, a cardiologist involved in the Kainuu Hospital project. Kjisik mentions that spontaneous encounters between personnel have been shown to improve patient safety. In Kainuu, the hospital personnel have been deeply involved in the co-design process right from the start. They have been encouraged to rethink their work processes and define what they want from their future work environment. “They have walked through different options and made suggestions with the help of CAVE, an immersive virtual reality environment,” says architect Martin Boyadgian from Sweco Architects, one of the teams involved in designing the Central Hospital of Kainuu. SPACES TO STIMULATE Both Kjisik and Juvonen agree that the activation of patients is one of the most significant new goals of hospital architecture. 48 BLUE WINGS APRIL 2017
LASARETTI HOTEL This former municipal hospital completed in 1849 now serves as a hotel and a restaurant in Oulu. Highlights include an extensive collection of visual art, mainly by artists with Northern Finnish roots.
“Whereas traditional hospital wards encouraged patients to lie around in beds, now the goal is to get them on their feet, especially elderly patients. Rehabilitation begins from the moment the patient enters the hospital,” Juvonen explains. The wards at Kainuu Hospital are designed around “rehabilitation streets” – innovative, gallery-style spaces motivating patients to exercise and socialise. Another healing feature is the abundant presence of local wood, both as a building material and surrounding the hospital. Nature is integrated into the design with a rehabilitation garden and plenty of greenery next to the coffee shop. Parking is located further away from the building, and green space is maximised by reducing road traffic around the hospital to a minimum of emergency transports and drop-offs. Another new trend is that hospitals are becoming a shared part of the cityscape, more like a common living room than an isolated room only for patients. Kjisik offers the example of a rehabilitation hospital in Barcelona which has its own gym and a swimming pool with large windows opening up onto a city street. “In the future, hospitals will no longer be isolated as the exclusive domain of the sick and injured. They will become an inviting part of the surrounding city – so much so that people will want drop in for a cup of coffee just for the pleasure of it," says Kjisik. l
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For goodness sake
The city of Hida in Central Japan is one of the best places to discover the secrets of the countryâ€™s traditional beverage. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY TIM BIRD
Ryuhei Uenoda samples s sip of his favourite rice tipple.
Sake is the most popular souvenir in the Hida region.
Elegant service sets are part of the sake ritual.
or many Japanese, sake is something you drink on special occasions – at festivals, weddings, or at ceremonies at Shinto shrines. For Ryuhei Uenoda it’s something you drink every day of the year. “Just a little, though, in the evening,” advises Uenoda, who is the Chairman of both the Hida Sake Brewers Association and the Hida Sake Tourism Association. Hida, in the Gifu Prefecture of Central Japan, is in the heart of an especially prolific sake-making region where visits to and tasting sessions at the breweries that produce this rice-based tipple are commonly part of a Hida Sake Route itinerary. The vast majority of sake breweries, like Uenoda’s Tenryou brewery, are small or medium sized, so ubiquitous generic brands are less common than is the case with western spirits, like gin or vodka. The advice of Uenoda, whose eyes light up at the mere mention of his favourite drink, is to ask the advice of a restaurant’s staff before ordering, since they have the expertise to match a particular variety with the elements of your meal. It’s often enjoyed with food, although the food might be secondary to drinkers at Japanese izakaya (gastropub) bars. POLISHED PERFECTION Sake production starts in the autumn, following the rice harvest, and might continue until the following March, explains Atsuko Kaba, managing director of Hida’s Kaba Brewery Company.
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Rice types are different, just like grapes for wine.
“One complete production cycle usually takes about a month. The maturity of sake is not as crucial as it might be for wine, for example, and usually sake is sold in the same year that it is made,” he says. The rice, which comes from different strains to those used for serving with meals, is first ground and washed, then steamed. Koji, the yeasty mixture used to ferment the bulk of the rice, is produced using some of the steamed grains. After filtration, the sake is finally bottled. Varieties of sake depend largely on the grade of rice, and the quality stems from the extent to which the rice grains are polished. A premium, top quality sake, with a lighter and sometimes more delicate flavour, such as Junmai Dainginjo-shu, uses rice where at least 50 per cent of the husk has been polished away. Unusually, the brewmaster or tōji at the Watanabe Brewery in Hida’s old town is from the United States. “This family-run brewery dates back to 1732, but then it made raw silk,” says Darryl Cody Brailsford. “The actual brewery started up in 1870 when the president
at that time came back from selling silk in Kyoto with a fascination for the taste of sake.” These days the brewery turns out an extraordinary quantity of sake, totalling about 45 million 1.8-litre bottles annually. “We’re making sake from September and we don’t finish until May. Sake during production and fermentation is always ‘alive’ so you have to watch for temperature changes. It has to be constantly tended,” says Brailsford. GLOBAL POTENTIAL The towns of Gero, Hida, and Takayama, on the edge of arable plains and rice terraces and close to the fresh, clean water sources of Gifu’s mountain rivers, are especially famed for their sake. “There is a lot of sake history and tradition in this region,” says Brailsford. “About 80 per cent of the rice we use is grown locally. Rice types are different, just like grapes for wine. Each year we bring in new types, and that’s challenging because each type has its own characteristics.” Brailsford also oversees the brewery’s international sales to Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, France, and the US, and he encourages his clientele to try the different types. “Traditionally sake is something you just drink in Japan with Japanese food. But why not try it with pizza, for example, or Chinese and other international food?” says Brailsford. l
SAMPLING SAKE The scenic rail trip from Finnair destination Nagoya to Hida takes about two hours.
Tim Bird is a regular contributor to Blue Wings. He will sample any drink once but not necessarily twice.
The old towns of Takayama and Hida contain many sake shops and breweries, most of which offer tours and tastings from selected varieties. Sake can be served at different temperatures, depending on the variety and category, as well as the mood of the drinker. The percentage grade indicates how much of the rice has been polished away. So a 45% grade has been made with rice milled to 55% of its original volume. ome sake has its alcohol content boosted S by adding distilled alcohol. Sake labelled as junmai contains no added distilled alcohol. Sake is served from ceramic decanters called tokkuri, poured into ceramic cups. Hold your cup in the palm of your hand and sip it slowly.
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EUROPEAN VOICES BY STEFAN NILSSON
Back to the roots
eople today are looking for stands for milk, red is for blood, black is authenticity. History, roots, for skin, and orange represents generosity, and traditions are enjoying while blue symbolises God. Green beads new-found popularity. Now are said to represent vegetation after rainmore than ever, we need a fall, a symbol of peace for the Maasai. But whenever we talk about cultural sense of something solid symbols, the meanings go beyond pretty and real. Some say it’s because of recent exteriors. Back in 2015, Watanabe’s developments: Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, the military coups in Turkey... and don’t forget well-meaning Africa-inspired collection attracted a storm of criticism for not feathe threat of robots taking our jobs. It’s a turing black models on the catwalk. Meanscary world out there. while, Louis Vuitton is still getting bad Maybe these are among the reasons press for its 2012 menswear spring colwhy the Nordic concept of hygge seems so lection that drew inspiration from Maasai appealing right now. For the past several blankets – without bothering with a years, everyone has been talking about licensing agreement. Nordic cosiness. Hygge is a very fluid conHere we tread upon tricky ground. It is cept that is difficult to translate directly, easy to be inspired by exotic traditions and but it’s all about cosiness, safety, togethercolourful patterns, ness, and being but using them in a rather than ownNOW MORE THAN EVER, WE commercial coning. If you flip text without due through the NEED A SENSE OF SOMETHING respect for the pages of a lifeSOLID AND REAL. original is what we style magacall cultural approzine like priation. In the Elle, you’ll future, we can expect to hear a growing find plenty of “how to hygge” tips: wave of criticism voiced against this. It’s surround yourself with tactile blanonly logical: when people want authentickets and other soft textures, read a ity, designers and brands tend to dip into book, light a fire, eat a slow-cooked an existing stockpile of cultural references. meal, and light some candles. It is Luckily some brands have shown the perfectly understandable why peoability to do this delicately and innovatively. ple might be attracted to a lifestyle Look at how Tiger, the Singapore-based that is cosy, authentic, and just plain beer brand, opened a pop-up store in New comfortable. York’s Chinatown last year and took the Looking at lifestyle trends, it’s not “made in Asia” slogan to the next level with only Nordic hygge making headlines. their trendy, ultra-modern goods. We are also seeing glimpses of a very I toast Tiger and look forward to seedifferent aesthetic style making waves ing further inspiring examples of crossin the fashion industry. Africa is the source of inspiration for fashion labels cultural expression conveying a message of tolerance, difference, and appreciation. l and designers like Japan’s Junya Watanabe, Italy’s Valentino, and the new creative director at Louis Vuitton, Stefan Nilsson is a Stockholm-based trend Kim Jones, who grew up in Ethiohunter and gallerist. Best known for his blog pia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Botswana. Trendstefan, he is also the owner of DesigngalMany major fashion labels are mad leriet and head of the Designbloggarna blog about the coloured beads of the network. Check out his YouTube channel Maasai people of southern Kenya and Trendstefan TV as well as his Instagram northern Tanzania. The colours of the account: @trendstefan beads represent various things: white
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Lauri Pipinen and Samuli Ronkanen have spiced up the coffee scene in Helsinki’s Kallio.
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BREW PERFECTION Just as wine enthusiasts look for varieties of flavour, so too do coffee lovers who savour speciality brews. We tour southern Finland’s nextgeneration micro-roasteries in search of a truly amazing cup of coffee. TEXT BY AMANDA SOILA AND SHELLY NYQVIST PHOTOS BY AMANDA SOILA
HELSINKI: KALLIO RADICALS Five years ago, the 2011 Finnish Barista Champion Lauri Pipinen introduced Helsinki’s Kallio neighbourhood to a radical concept: a café that only served light roast coffee, preferably without milk or sugar – which came as a total shock to a coffee community that was still enjoying its honeymoon stage with dark roasts. But Pipinen is a purist for a good reason. “Roasting our coffees too dark is a waste of good ingredients,” he says. “We aim to brew a coffee that doesn’t need sugar to taste good. We don’t want anything to override its natural flavours.” For a while Pipinen sourced his coffee from other roasters before joining forces with Samuli Ronkanen in 2014 and starting their own roastery. In five years, Good Life Coffee has gained an avid following, winning over even the greatest initial sceptics. “Many fans of dark roasts have been surprised at how tasty a light roast can be when the balance is right,” says Ronkanen. Good Life Coffee is also a favourite among travellers. During the holiday season the tiny place is packed with coffee tourists whose itinerary takes in interesting venues. goodlifecoffee.fi APRIL 2017
TAMPERE: BREW PIONEERS In the 1990s, the Finnish coffee scene was all about bulk coffee. For many, quantity ruled over quality. This finally began to change when Tampere-based Reija Paakkinen and Mika Hannuniemi started up a range of speciality roasts that quickly found a solid fan base. Today Mokkamestarit have an established place in the Finnish market, catering to coffee connoisseurs from their roaster shop just outside Tampere and their cosy café in the city centre. “The coffee culture has totally changed since we started,” says Paakkinen. “Consumers are quality-conscious and want to know more about the methods and equipment.” Finland’s pioneering micro-roastery founders are still as just as much in love with their business as when they first started. Constantly looking for the next new thing, they update their selection and stay in touch with trends all over the coffee world. Their current top-sellers include a flat white (using light roast espresso) and Café Femenino products sourced from female farmers in Peru. mokkamestarit.fi
HELSINKI: AN UNDERSTATED QUEST
Some 20 years ago, at the age of 15, Benjamin Andberg started to roast coffee as a hobby: first in a frying pan, then in a popcorn popper, and eventually in a small-batch home roaster. Fast forward to 2011. Andberg opens Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo in an inconspicuous building in the Vallila neighbourhood of Helsinki. That’s par for the course for Andberg. Everything he does is modest, from no marketing to minimalist labels on their seven products. His approach may be simple, but his agenda includes an ethical mission. He wants to reach the conscientious consumer and have them question what’s in their cup. “Consumers are more aware about what they are drinking and about making sure you as a roaster are doing things right,” says Andberg, who considers himself conservative when it comes to fads, yet his business philosophy is actually on trend. “If I can make someone’s day a little bit better – be it the consumer or the farmer – then I have done my job,” he adds. Although the roastery is out of bounds for visitors, coffee enthusiasts can relish the brand’s brews at the whimsical Päiväkahvibaari (Day Coffee Bar) in the Vallila district. helsinginkahvipaahtimo.com/en/
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HELSINKI: LATIN FUSION Ivan Ore and Mia Nikander-Ore’s “love-for-coffee” story began on a visit to Ore’s home country of Peru in 2001. An uncle, who was a coffee producer, suggested they buy green coffee from the local cooperative and sell to roasters in Finland. Instead Ore ended up roasting the beans himself. In 2002 the Peruvian-Finnish couple opened Cafetoria Roastery in Lohja, about 70 kilometres west of Helsinki. In 2012 they opened a café and shop in Helsinki’s Töölö. And that’s where the tale of two cultures comes together. “Diversity is our calling card and what defines us. We embrace the Latino culture,” says Ore. “Coffee should serve the people so that’s why we roast the whole spectrum.” How they think about coffee is also unique in the traditional “Finnish” sense. “We dare to be different and break the rules,” says NikanderOre. “For example, we’ve introduced a high quality organic Robusta coffee, which is taboo in the industry because the bean is considered more bitter than its aromatic cousin the Arabica bean.”
Cafetoria’s Portuguese barista Levi DoNascimiento uses the Chemex brewing method to prepare a Kenya AA Karimikui coffee.
PORI: EAST COAST ARTISANS here too coffee-making remains an artisan specialty. The quantity roasted by Porin Paahtimo in one year is roughly as much as an industrial roaster produces in one day. While Porin Paahtimo caters to a growing tribe of light-roast lovers, dark roasts form 75 per cent of their sales. Their seasonal speciality, Patamokka, is a dark and slightly reckless mix of Colombian and Brazilian beans designed especially for supporters of the local hockey team, Porin Ässät. cafesolo.fi/kahvilapaahtimo
CAFFEINATORS UNITE Helsinki’s Cable Factory becomes a brew haven in April when the annual Helsinki Coffee Festival takes over the former factory area. In addition to introducing Finland’s small roasteries, the festival features the Finnish Barista Championship, do-it-yourself tips for home-brewing, and talks on upcoming trends in the coffee world. Visitors are welcome to drink as much coffee as they please. Helsinki Coffee Festival April 22–23 helsinkicoffeefestival.com
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Amanda Soila, the producer of Blue Wings, is an avid coffee-lover who thoroughly enjoyed the legwork for this story.
Pori’s old cotton mill has witnessed a renaissance in the past couple of years. Today the former industrial site houses a buzzing shopping centre and the epicentre of the city’s coffee scene thanks to Café Solo and Porin Paahtimo roastery, located in the inner courtyard of the former factory complex. “When we started in 2005, this was the first café in Finland which roasted its own coffees,” says founder Teijo Villa. The roasting machine in the back of the café remains a crowd-pleaser, with many customers timing their visit to witness the afternoon roasting. As with many micro-roasters,
Shelly Nyqvist, subeditor of Blue Wings, is a self-professed coffee snob who apparently makes a face when taking a first sip of coffee.
TURKU: REINVENTING LIGHT ROAST Turku’s historic riverfront is a favourite hangout for locals and travellers, but it also hosts the city’s most fascinating coffee hub, Café Art. The familyrun café offers a wide array of baked goods, art, and atmosphere, but the real stand-out attraction is definitely the coffee. Serving products from their own roastery, Turun Kahvipaahtimo, the founders have always adhered to a rigorous philosophy: they’re all about light roast. “We want to highlight the origin and taste of the coffee beans,” says one of the founders, Juhani Haahti. “This is especially true of filter coffees, but even our espresso coffees are quite light.” As winner of the Finnish Barista Championship in 2006, Haahti knows what he’s talking about. In the past few years he has seen a definite rise in interest towards once-despised filter coffee. Today, this Nordic preference has spread to Europe and the US. The roastery, located just outside Turku, produces some 100 kilograms of coffee a day. It also houses a small shop and café for those who want to see where all the magic happens. l turunkahvipaahtimo.fi
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Street art on sale at Andriyivskyy Descent art alley
The modern art scene in the Ukrainian capital is all about free spirit, energy, and funky creative spaces.
TEXT BY ALEX LEANDER PHOTOS BY VESA SALMI
roubles on the streets of the majestic capital of Ukraine are now a thing of the past. The city and its cultural life are booming again, and local artists are back – big time – voicing the message of free, independent Ukraine. Hosting over 60 museums and modern art spaces, Kiev is the indisputable cultural centre of the country. This safe, modern metropolis is home to 2.8 million people, who describe themselves as Europeans with a unique sense of style and humour. We begin our journey into the art scene of Kyiv by heading to PinchukArtCentre, a modern art space located next to the atmospheric Besarabsky Market. The centre is owned and funded by Victor Pinchuk, a famous Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist.
We are met by art student Valerie Schiller, who originally hails from the Crimean Peninsula. She has offered to guide us through the exhibition of 16 artists shortlisted for the fourth edition of the PinchukArtCentre prize, a nationwide prize for young artists aged up to 35. It soon becomes apparent that this is an arena for bold, outspoken art. In the first room we see video art by Colombian guest artist Carlos Motta, whose work Patriots, Citizens, Lovers_ is composed of ten interviews with Ukrainian activists who discuss the dire situation of the LGBTI community in Ukraine during the war. “The work is about dignity and tolerance towards everybody in the democratic post-revolution Ukraine,” says Schiller. A student of art history at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Schiller finds the APRIL 2017
The “Montmartre of Kiev” – Andriyivskyy Descent
Kiev is regaining its long lost artistic glory and swagger through the new generation of artists.
Crimean painter Anton Solovev
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school quite conservative, but enjoys the free spirit and energy of the local art scene by frequently visiting exhibitions and lectures at local galleries. The nightlife, too, is very lively in Kiev at the moment, with loads of stylish new venues popping up all over the city, she adds. Classical events such as opera, theatre, and ballet are also popular among the younger generation in Kiev. “It’s normal for us to meet friends at the theatre, in a gallery, at a bar, or even a rave – all during the same weekend!” CRIMEAN EXPRESSIONISM The fresh new buzz on the Kiev art scenes is greeted enthusiastically by gallerist Tanya Grekova, who has devoted her life to Ukrainian art. After teaching art history at the university, she felt the urge to switch careers in order to promote young artistic talent in her country. This led to a career of curating exhibitions featuring young artists and finally to opening her own gallery, Art Mix, in the Lukianivska district of Kiev. “We love art! The people in Kiev are very romantic and have always had the need to express themselves through culture,” says Grekova, beaming with enthusiasm. “The new generation of artists here are very creative. They combine a classical art education with the new energy of the city and remember the more troubled areas of Ukraine through their art,” says Grekova. “I call it Crimean expressionism.” We join Grekova on Europe’s deepest subway, which carries 1.4 million commuters daily and – as evidenced by its classic Russian-style interiors– was the third metro system built by the
Landscape Alley in downtown Kiev
Soviet Union, right after Moscow and St. Petersburg. We are on our way to Kontraktova Square to meet painter Anton Solovev at the nearby Hetmanship Museum. According to Grekova, this talented young artist, who is just setting up his first museum exhibition, is the embodiment of Crimean expressionism. The exhibition will open a day after our visit. When we arrive, Solovev is busy positioning the main piece on the wall, a very large painting featuring a mother, father, and their young daughter standing next to a dried up lake. This painting is a commentary on the ecologic disasters caused by human greed. “They stand by the Aral Sea, which no longer exists due to human actions. The little girl is the face of the new generation. Her accusatory look expresses a desire for a different tomorrow,” says Solovev. After travelling around Europe in search of new influences, Solovev decided to return to his somewhat troubled home country and sign up as a student at the Kiev academy. “Kiev is a very artistic city. The contemporary art scene is especially thriving at the moment,” he says. l
As the Eurovision winner in Stockholm last year, Ukraine has the honour of hosting the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest this May. Forty-three countries and thousands of music lovers will take park in the extravaganza at Kiev’s International Exhibition Centre. Alex Leander and Vesa Salmi are Helsinki-based travel enthusiasts and writers who share an interest in music and DJing. The duo have travelled together professionally since 2010, Vesa as a travel photographer and Alex as a freelance journalist, both driven by an eternal yearning to discover the new.
VALERIE SCHILLER’S TOP 3 CONTEMPORARY ART SPACES 1. PINCHUKARTCENTRE Modern art space located next to the atmospheric Besarabsky market. pinchukartcentre.org/en
2. VCRC The Visual Culture Research Centre was founded in 2008 as a platform for collaboration between the academic, artistic, and activist communities. vcrc.org.ua/en
3. ART CLUB CLOSER Art gallery, night club, and educational space in the Podil district. facebook.com/closerkiev
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A river runs through it Clean, green, and a place to be seen, Chicago’s new riverwalk has transformed the city’s urban environment. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY DANIEL ALLEN
atching Chicagoans sipping wine, tucking into tacos, and walking their beloved pooches beside the Chicago River, it’s hard to believe this serpentine waterway was long shunned by residents of the Windy City. Yet thanks to a timely investment of 94.1 million euros (100 million USD), the river and its downtown environs are currently the hottest commodity in town. The last stage of the Chicago Riverwalk, which stretches for around 1.5 kilometres from Lake Michigan to Wolf Point, was opened in October 2016. Extending across nine blocks, it is divided into distinct spaces, with features such as floating gardens,
fishing piers, and fountains as well as an array of waterside wining, dining, and retail venues. Hailed as the city’s “next recreational frontier” by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Riverwalk, together with ongoing river cleanup projects, has breathed new life into a part of the city that was once off limits thanks to pollution and problems with accessibility. “The Riverwalk has refocused attention on the river, attracting a phenomenal number of people,” says Carol Ross Barney, lead design architect of the entire project. “By creating a new park in the centre of the city, it teaches us lessons in community, ecology, and sustainability.” l
BIKE AND ROLL
What better way to explore the Chicago River than a kayak trip. Kayak Chicago have a rental centre just a short paddle from where the river flows into Lake Michigan. The company offers a variety of private and group tours, running from the spring right through until late autumn.
With several access ramps down to the Riverwalk, Chicago’s newest waterside feature makes the perfect cycling destination. Bike and Roll offers would-be cyclists a wide selection of well-maintained rental bikes, as well as quadcycles, segways, and guided bike tours.
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION CRUISES An architectural hotbed, the city boasts buildings by such luminaries as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. Accessed from one side of the Riverwalk, cruises by the Chicago Architecture Foundation are often imitated but never equalled. architecture.org
Beckhoff Automation Oy – New Automation Technology
Avoimia automaatiojärjestelmiä teollisuuteen ja rakennuksiin Beckhoff toimittaa avoimia IoT- ja Industry 4.0 -konsepteihin hyvin soveltuvia PC-pohjaisia automaatiojärjestelmiä. Tuote- ja palveluvalikoiman pääosassa ovat kenttäväyläkomponentit, liikkeenohjaustuotteet, teollisuus-PC:t ja ohjauspaneelit, sekä automaatiosovelluksien ohjelmistot. Eri ryhmien tuotteita voidaan käyttää erillisinä komponentteina, tai ne voidaan integroida täydellisiksi ohjausjärjestelmiksi. Beckhoff-tuotteita ja järjestelmäratkaisuja käytetään maailmanlaajuisesti monenlaisissa sovelluksissa nopeista työstökeskuksista aina älykkääseen rakennusautomaatioon. Hyvinkäällä sijaisevan pääkonttorin lisäksi, toimintaa on Tampereella, Seinäjoella ja jatkossa myös Tallinnassa. Yhtiön toiminta-alueena on Suomi ja Viro. Kaikissa konttoreissa on edustettuina myynti, tekninen tuki, koulutus, tuotekehitys, sovellukset ja huolto. Näiden lisäksi Hyvinkäällä sijaitsee varasto. Beckhoff on toiminut Suomessa vuodesta 1986, ensin edustajan välityksellä ja vuodesta 2000 Beckhoff-yhtiönä. Beckhoff Automation Oy:n liikevaihto vuonna 2016 oli 12,5M€.
Beckhoff on edelläkävijä PC-pohjaisessa automaatiossa. Beckhoff toimitti ensimmäisen PC-pohjaisen ohjausjärjestelmänsä jo vuonna 1986. Beckhoff kehittää ja valmistaa kaikki teollisuus-PC:t itse Saksassa omilla tehtaillaan. Tämä takaa laitteiden soveltuvuuden vaativaan teollisuusympäristöön, suorituskyvyltään vaativien sovellusten alustaksi. Käyttämämme komponentit valitsemme yli 30 vuoden kokemuksella, huomioiden mm. niiden tekniset ominaisuudet ja pitkän aikavälin saatavuuden.
Kustannustehokkuus rakentuu lisäarvosta Beckhoff automaatioratkaisut palveluineen tuovat lisäarvoa asiakkaille mutta ovat myös yksittäisinä komponentteina hintakilpailukykyisiä. Automaatiojärjestelmämme avoimuus pitää meidät kilpailulle alttiina ja ohjaa ylläpitämään tuotteidemme innovatiivisuutta ja kustannustehokkuutta jatkuvasti.
TwinCAT on ainutlaatuinen automaatioalusta TwinCAT3 on Visual Studioon integroitu tarpeittesi mukaan skaalautuva automaatiojärjestelmä. TwinCAT kykenee hyödyntämään moniydinprosessorien sekä 64-bittisten käyttöjärjestelmien tarjoamat edut. Lisäksi runsas määrä standardoituja avoimia rajapintoja tekee järjestelmäarkkitehtuurista helppoa ja joustavaa. TwinCAT kykenee mm. 50μs kiertoaikaan ja nanosekuntiluokan signaalimittauksiin. Samalla järjestelmällä onnistuvat kaikki koneautomaation avaintoiminnot; logiikka, liikkeenohjaus, käyttöliittymät, turvatoiminnot ja MATLAB®/Simulink® ja C/C++ -integraatio. Lisäksi järjestelmään voidaan helposti liittää mm. energianmittausta, kunnonvalvontatoimintoja ja 3. osapuolen ohjelmistoja. IoT ja Industry 4.0 -ratkaisut ovat olleet luonnollinen osa PC-pohjaista automaatiota jo pitkään.
Tekninen tuki toiminnan kivijalka Asiakastyytyväisyytemme perusta on aina ollut paikallinen osaava tekninen tuki. Beckhoff on ratkaisutoimittaja, joka tukee toimitetut tuotteet toimivaksi kokonaisuudeksi asti. Tärkeässä roolissa on tekninen osaaminen ja teemme myös paikallisesti vaativia tuotekehitysprojekteja osaamisemme kartuttamiseksi.
Vakaus luo turvaa asiakkaillemme Saksalaisena perheyhtiönä emme hae markkinoilta lyhyen aikavälin tuloksia, vaan investoimme pitkälle tulevaisuuteen. Voimakkaan kasvumme olemme kyenneet rahoittamaan tulorahoituksella ja taloudellinen pohjamme on vakaa. Vakaus takaa asiakkaillemme jatkuvuuden innovatiivisuudessa, osaamisessa ja toimituskyvyssä. Arvostamme sidosryhmiämme ja perustamme toimintamme luotettavuuteen ja rehellisyyteen.
Modulaarisuus tekee automaatioratkaisuistamme joustavia Beckhoff esitteli vuonna 1995 modulaarisen I/O-järjestelmän ensimmäisenä maailmassa. Sama järjestelmä on myynnissä edelleen ja on merkittävä osa tuotevalikoimaa. Modulaarisuus pätee kaikkiin tuotelinjoihimme ja ohjelmistoihimme. Eri ohjausjärjestelmät ja ohjelmistot ovat keskenään yhteensopivia ja mahdollistavat helpon laitteistoympäristön sovittamisen kulloisenkin tarpeen mukaisesti.
EtherCAT mullisti väyläteknologian EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) on Beckhoffin kehittämä ja markkinoille vuonna 2003 esittelemä reaaliaikainen Ethernet-väylä. Jopa 12,5μs kiertoaikaan kykenevä väylä on edelleen nopein ja tehokkain tunnettu teollisuusväylä. Käytettävyyttä lisäävät vapaa topologia, laaja tunnettavuus ja erinomaiset diagnostiikkatoiminnot.
Kaikki automaatiojärjestelmämme ovat rajapinnoiltaan avoimia ja helposti integroitavissa muihin automaatiojärjestelmiin. Tuemme yli 25 eri kenttäväyläjärjestelmää ja lukuisia eri kommunikointiprotokollia. Mm. UPC-UA -protokollan kehittämisessä ja integroinnissa olemme vahvasti mukana.
Beckhoffin monet automaatiomaailman revoluutiot ovat tehneet yrityksestä alansa edelläkävijän. Tuotevalikoimamme uusiutuu ja kasvaa merkittävässä määrin vuosittain. Toimimme nopeasti kehittyvällä toimialalla, jossa sovellamme nopeasti kehittyvää IPC-teknologiaa. Nopea uusiutuminen takaa asiakkaillemme edistykselliset ja suorituskykyiset automaatioratkaisut.
Pidämme toimituskykymme korkeana mm. kattavalla paikallisella varastoinnilla. Lisäksi voimme erikseen solmia asiakaskohtaisia varastointi- ja palvelusopimuksia, jotka takaavat kriittisten tuotteiden saatavuuden myös yllättävissä tilanteissa.
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Financing the Future
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT when your company has financial clarity
TRANSFORMING FINANCE DEPARTMENTS INTO VALUE-ADDING, FORWARD-FACING TEAMS THAT HELP COMPANIES REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL IS A TASK THAT FEW COMPANIES HAVE SUCCEEDED IN. GREENSTEP, A YOUNG COMPANY WITH FIVE OFFICES IN FINLAND HAS FOUND A RECIPE THAT MAKES IT EASIER.
irst of all we strive to remove all manual-input work related to accounting and payroll: making our team members happier and our clients’ businesses more scalable. With high quality, real-time accounting data at hand, we are a step closer to achieving financial clarity. This allows us to concentrate on supplying our clients with financial analysis, and other value-added services”, Greenstep’s CEO and founder Tore Teir explains. Among the value-added services that Greenstep provides to its clients are CFO and HR services. “We bring a high level of expertise to companies with our CFO services. Companies get the strategic support they need in setting and monitoring targets whilst developing the company’s performance.” “It doesn’t make sense for most small and medium sized companies to develop their own finance expertise, when they can partner up with a company that has it as a core competence. Furthermore, as a company we are industry-independent meaning that we are able to meet the specific needs of any company.” Another area in which Greenstep has strong expertise is financing. Greenstep helps clients in raising venture capital, private equity and debt financing. “Having a full overview of our clients financials, we cooperate with them to create their pitch decks, develop their financial plans as well as figure out the best financing alternative for them. Having recruited hundreds of finance experts, we can even help our larger clients with recruiting a CFO or controller to their own finance team.”
Getting help before its too late Many companies seek help only when they find themselves in a tough financial situation. When in a tough financial situation, solutions can still be found through for example analyzing client and product profitability to find a new direction. But according to Teir they can and should also ask for help when the business is doing well. “It would not be a bad idea for most companies to use financial experts now and then to dig deeper into the company’s operations.” “We truly dedicate ourselves to our clients’ financial well-being and do everything we can to make sure they succeed. The combined knowledge of our team of 130 CFOs, controllers, accountants, HR specialists and recruiters has created the dream team finance department. Our clients, large or small, get the help they need, when they need it. When our clients succeed, we succeed”. ●
It doesn’t make sense for most small and medium sized companies to develop their own finance expertise, when they can partner up with a company that has it as a core competence.
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Developing our employees to deliver
GREAT RESULTS HANNA INGET AND MARKUS HUUSKONEN BOTH JOINED KONE IMMEDIATELY AFTER FINISHING THEIR STUDIES. BOTH NOW HAVE A DECADE-LONG TRACK RECORD AT THE BUSINESS, KNOWN FOR ENCOURAGING ITS EMPLOYEES TO CONTINUOUSLY DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES.
t KONE, I have always had the pleasure of working with a really excellent team of colleagues and I have been offered plenty of opportunities for developing my own professional strengths in a number of different roles. I started out in sales and ended up in a management position in maintenance,” says Hanna Inget, now Head of Sales & Offering Development at KONE. Markus Huuskonen, who currently works as Head of Maintenance Processes and Connected Services at KONE, was first recruited through the company’s International Trainee Program. He then completed his Master’s thesis with KONE before being hired by the Research and Development Unit. Since then, he has worked in Finland as well as Belgium and China, with each step providing him with the skills and confidence to take on new and bigger challenges. “At KONE, as you move between roles and countries, you have genuine opportunities for using what you have already learned in new and more senior posts. Both of us are excellent examples of this sort of company culture. In my current post, for example, I’m making the most of the market knowledge I gained during my time in China,” he explains.
Making technology work for people As part of KONE’s global maintenance team, Huuskonen and Inget are closely involved in bringing new, customer-focused services to the market. The company’s mission is to improve the flow of urban life as the global leader in the lift and escalator industry. “We develop our services in dialogue with our customers. Our KONE Care services are individually tailored to the needs of each customer, which is an entirely new service concept for this sector,” Inget explains. “As part of our unique 24/7 Connected Services concept, the lifts and escalators we manage are linked to a cloud-based solution. The data we gather is continually analyzed to provide real time information to our customers about how the equipment is running and how it is being used, which allows us to prevent problems before they occur,” explains Huuskonen.
Engaged and committed people
Hanna Inget and Markus Huuskonen have both risen through the ranks at KONE to increasingly senior roles.
the company atmosphere is highly supportive, and people can show what they are capable of without fear of failure. Employee satisfaction ratings are high, meaning that staff are not inclined to look for new challenges elsewhere. “At KONE, people are encouraged to pursue new challenges within the company, and the culture is supportive to young people who are keen to take on more responsibility. A positive attitude and an open mind will stand you in good stead and, as you are always offered new challenges, there is no shortage of new development opportunities,” says Huuskonen. “Everyone is clear about what the company strategy is and how their own role contributes to it. As a result, working here feels meaningful and people are genuinely committed to the company,” sums up Inget. ●
KONE is an innovative leader in the elevator and escalator industry. Our job is to make the best of the world's cities, buildings and public spaces. We believe that smarter and more sustainable cities are part of the solution for better living.
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CREATING SUSTAINABLE future at Neste
SENSE OF MEANING MAKES WORKING AT NESTE ATTRACTIVE. NESTE DEVELOPS RENEWABLE SOLUTIONS THAT HELP ITS CUSTOMERS TO DECREASE THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT AND HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET WE ALL SHARE.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Safety Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson says that Neste wants to recruit innovative, responsible and open-minded professionals to its ranks.
have witnessed an interesting trajectory here at Neste. When I first started in early 1990s, we were already then among Finland’s most international companies. After the merger with Fortum, we started building the Renewable Products business area. Neste’s current, focused strategy is a result of courageous decisions,” says Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Safety at Neste. She sees that every change of direction has guided the company towards its current success. At Neste, the significance of innovations is emphasized as every employee participates in building a cleaner global future. “We started actively developing new, cleaner fuels and solutions based on our own expertise. It has been worthwhile. In 2016, the share of renewable products created already half of our result.”
Engaging leadership culture pays off Neste is proud of its Finnish roots and leadership culture that Jakosuo-Jansson defines as Nordic.
“Nordic leadership culture entails a low hierarchy and understanding well-being at work as a contributor to productivity. A modern leader must be a part of the team.”
“If existing operational models or solutions are never questioned, nothing new will ever arise. This also applies to the business on a larger scale. By investing in these themes, we create innovative solutions with which we can respond to the global challenges affecting all of humanity,” sums up Jakosuo-Jansson. ●
It’s not just about what we do, it’s also about how we do it. “Work must also be socially rewarding, which derives from a functional work community and engaging and encouraging leadership. It’s not just about what we do, it’s also about how we do it.” At Neste, also critical thinking, challenging current ways of working and proactive safety behaviour are emphasized as part of professionalism. Continuous development is an important value on both an individual as well as organisational level.
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NESTE IN BRIEF Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates sustainable choices for the needs of transport, businesses and consumers. Our global range of products and services allows customers to lower their carbon footprint by combining high-quality renewable products and oil products to tailor-made service solutions. We are the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, and we are also bringing renewable solutions to the aviation and plastics industries. We want to be a reliable partner, whose expertise, R&D and sustainable practices are widely respected. In 2016, Neste’s net sales stood at EUR 11.7 billion, and we were on the Global 100 list of the 100 most sustainable companies in the world. Read more: neste.com/en
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pointing the way at SEB
At SEB, we like to talk about involving leadership. This means using all the skills and capabilities within our organisation to deliver the best solutions.
HAVING WORKED IN THE BANKING AND FINANCE INDUSTRY SINCE THE EARLY 2000s, CAROLA NILSSON HAS HAD THE CHANCE TO WITNESS UP CLOSE THE MANY CHANGES THE INDUSTRY HAS GONE THROUGH IN THE PAST DECADE AND A HALF. FIRST CAME THE SHIFT TOWARDS ONLINE TRADING AND NOW THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION IS CREATING EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTORS. SUCH RAPID AND FARREACHING CHANGE ALSO CALLS FOR A REDEFINITION OF WHAT CONSTITUTES LEADERSHIP.
ilsson explains that in SEB’s leadership philosophy all resources from across the whole organisation are harnessed to deliver the best possible service to clients. “At SEB, we like to talk about involving leadership. This means utilising all the skills and capabilities within our organisation to deliver the best solutions and ensuring that each and every one of our clients benefits from our collective expertise.” For Nilsson, leadership is inextricably linked to both personality and the wider organisational context. Good leadership is not a static entity, it is always evolving alongside the organisation and the environment. “You cannot separate leadership from personality. There is no accurate universal definition of what a leader should be or how they should act. All leaders have developed their own particular toolkit based on their own individual experiences and competencies, which they can use to motivate the people around them.” SEB is one of the organisers of the Next Generation Female Leader event, which seeks female students to pursue ambitious career opportunities and leadership positions. “We want to encourage young people to believe in their own skills and strengths even if they don’t yet quite know what those might be, and we are passionate about helping them to pursue professional careers and leadership roles in this fascinating industry,” concludes Nilsson. ●
SEB is a leading Nordic financial services provider. In Finland,
SEB specialises in serving corporate and institutional clients based on a full-service offering, and providing asset management services to private individuals and families. SEB’s Helsinki office is moving to its new location on Eteläesplanadi 18 in April. The staff of more than 300 people are well prepared to deliver on the company vision world class service.
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Carola Nilsson is Head of Private Banking of SEB in Finland.
Juhapekka Joronen, Managing Director of SOL Palvelut.
A SUNNY AND HAPPY customer as a value
SOL EMPLOYEES ARE ALL JOINT BY THE SAME PASSION TO GET THE JOB DONE WITH PERFECTION. SOLS WORKING CULTURE INSPIRES TO DEVELOP AND QUESTION PROCESSES AND SHEARING THE BEST PRACTICE WITH COLLEAGUES
he Finnish service industry family business SOL employs more than 8,000 people in Finland and, in addition to that, several thousand in Sweden, Russia and the Baltic Countries. A company that continuously grows and provides work for almost 3,000 immigrants and 900 young summer workers has a great responsibility in orientating employees to the Finnish working culture and working life in general. The company is a family business that is now run by the fourth generation: sister and brother Peppi Kaira and Juhapekka Joronen. “Our motto is an easy life for our customer, which means that our service solves an existing problem. We rent out a person to do the work, we wash your coat or fix up your house,” says Juhapekka Joronen, Managing Director of SOL Palvelut about what SOL does. The customer’s life is easy when the employees’ processes are fine-tuned to
perfection. So far, the greatest success story has been a management system for airplane cleaning that has received an innovation prize. “Employees are in quite an unknown environment at the airport. In a tight schedule, they have to be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. In a safe and secure manner.” According to Joronen, what is special at SOL is the development culture that makes use of innovations by others and also the employees’ insight. They help the employee to succeed in his or her work. “If a cleaner has added an extra loop in his outfit, we check out if that could help others, too. One employee mentioned that she checks many times a day what detergent she is using. Now the target is to have caps of different colours on the bottles.” In addition to an idea box and innovations, the company has a group compiled of
people from different industries fishing for innovations. Their purpose is to find solutions for the problems themed in their meetings. What is unnecessary? What could make the work easier? ●
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SOL SERVICE SOLUTIONS
Personnel services Property services Laundry services Cleaning services Facility services Security services
Mikael Koivukangas: "The Onesys Health Card is more than another app. It allows people to have their health information on the secure chip of a real smart card."
Operations Director Marianna Vuorikari.
LANTMÄNNEN UNIBAKE FINLAND, BALTICS – responsibility from field to fork OPENNESS IS THE CORNERSTONE OF LANTMÄNNEN GROUP THAT IS OWNED BY 25,000 FARMERS. TRANSPARENT OPERATIONS ENSURE THAT THE FROZEN AND FRESH BAKERY PRODUCTS TASTE AND DO GOOD.
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art of Lantmännen Group, Unibake is the second largest bakery group in Europe, having production in 15 countries with its network of 37 bakeries. In Finland company boasts an impressive 310 years of experience in the business. Operations Director Marianna Vuorikari describes the strength of this international group being strong local presence. “For example we produce rye bread in Joutseno, which was chosen as the Finland 100 year national dish.” Vuorikari is responsible for operations and supply chain. She is the immediate supervisor for eight people and indirectly manages more than 300. Vuorikari is trained in technology and trusts her team’s ability to work independently. She has a human attitude to management and an attentive ear to her staff. Her personal values are aligned with those of the company. “Also good reputation, integrity and respect for people are the prerequisites for our growth.” Sustainability and traceability are not only strategic choices for the company—they have practical importance for the farmers who own the company. “In everyday business it means top expertise, high-quality ingredients and safe products. Is it then a blueberry curd bun or a rice pie it can be enjoyed with a good conscience!” ●
Finally, your own health information with you at all times
—just in case
AT THE DOCTOR 2007 CONFERENCE IN HELSINKI, THE FINNISHAMERICAN COMPANY ONESYS OY LAUNCHED A UNIQUE HEALTH SMART CARD ALLOWING YOU TO HAVE YOUR ESSENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION ON HAND AT ALL TIMES.
rofessor John Koivukangas, CEO, a renowned medical innovator, says that the new smart card solves the problem of the fragmentation of health-related data among health care providers. “In our main market, the United States is adopting the Continuity of Care Document. Finland hosts the national health information database KANTA ongoing since around 2015. The Onesys Health Card™ uniquely carries your whole life’s pertinent health information wherever you go—including your vaccinations, medications, drug allergies, important images, even insurance information. The Onesys solution is a unique answer to a global need. Traveling a lot, I wanted my own information with me in a format that can be read anywhere in the world.” “The smart card fits in your purse or wallet unlike USB sticks”, explains Onesys Business Manager, Mikael Koivukangas. “If misplaced or stolen, the card can be disabled just like your credit or bank card. People's lives are on their phones; the card is there when you need it, but keeps out of your way the rest of the time. The Onesys Health Card™ allows display of your own information after unique identity verification.” “For health care providers, it requires no upfront investments,” John and Mikael Koivukangas maintain. “The card uses chip card readers in use all over the world. The cards are provided with logo and brand and the right of access to our user-friendly system. The providers can now offer a much-needed service to all their patients and clients.” ●
“Onesys Health Card” is a trademark of Finnish-American Onesys Oy. www.onesysmedical.com
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Cheers! The Helsinki Beer Festival features a factory full of beers, ciders, and other drinks, with an array of themed events ranging from tastings to live music performances. April 7–8 NEW DESTINATIONS
Cuban adventures TRAVEL EXPERTS say that now is a good time to visit Havana, the Cuban capital, which is changing following the warming of US-Cuban relations in 2014. Foreign investment money is pouring into Cuba, but the Caribbean island has not lost its old world charm: visiting Havana is like taking a trip back in time. Tour the city in a 1950s Chevy, learn to dance the salsa or rhumba on the street, sip a cuba libre cocktail in one of legendary writer Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bars, or sample the island’s many unspoiled beaches. Havana, along with Goa, India; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic join Finnair’s winter 2017 roster.
Between December 1 and March 23, Finnair will fly two weekly scheduled flights to Havana, Cuba. The flights will be operated on Mondays and Fridays with an A350 aircraft. From November 19 to March 18, Finnair will fly a new scheduled weekly flight on Sundays to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with the new A350 aircraft. Between November 30 and March 22, Finnair will fly a new scheduled weekly flight to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The flight will be operated on Thursdays with an A330 aircraft. From November 29 to March 21, Finnair will fly two weekly fights to the coastal city of Goa in India.
Java time The Helsinki Coffee Festival brings together coffee industry professionals as well as coffee lovers for the biggest festival of its kind in the Nordics. April 22–23
Daily A350 service to London Finnair has boosted the number of A350 flights between London Heathrow and Helsinki Airport, which means passengers can sample the new long-haul aircraft on the route, which is less than three hours long. The daily A350 flights are timed to offer a short connection via Helsinki Air-
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port to long-haul Asian destinations serviced by the A350 fleet, which include Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo Narita (as of June 4). finnair.com
Gourmet eats The Street Food Car-
nival in Helsinki’s city centre brims with food wagons serving up everything from Korean kimchi to Scandi-style burgers. April 21–22
MEKSIKO UUTUUSKOHDE NYT VAIN AURINKOMATKOILTA Löydä uusi Meksikon helmi Tyynen valtameren rannalta! Nauti Puerto Vallartan ja sen lähialueiden upeista paratiisimaisemista, turkoosina kimmeltävästä merestä ja henkeäsalpaavista auringonlaskuista. Varaa unohtumaton lomasi sombrerojen ja kaktusten maahan!
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Top 3 Bangkok must-dos
Joining forces FINNAIR TEAMS UP with two travel industry leaders, Amadeus and Skyscanner, to help customers tailor their shopping experience and make it as simple as possible. Finnair is working with Amadeus to launch a new seamless solution, Amadeus Altea NDC, which is being piloted with Skyscanner, one of the world’s leading meta-search travel sites. Travellers purchasing Finnair flights FEELFINNAIR ON INSTAGRAM
from Skyscanner can complete their purchase without leaving the Skyscanner platform. “This new solution adds yet another option for our partners to sell the full range of Finnair offers with an assisted booking through our systems. At the same time, it can greatly enhance the customer experience,” says Rogier van Enk, a vice president of data science at Finnair. finnair.com
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Take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River to Wat Pho, which is Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple area. With more than 1,000 Buddha statues, including a 46-metre Reclining Buddha, the area also hosts activities ranging from fortune telling to a visit to the Thai massage school, where a professional massage comes highly recommended.
Take a tuk tuk rickshaw to Jim Thompson House, a home-turned museum that houses the impressive art collection of the American silk factory owner and art collector who mysteriously disappeared in the late ’60s. The building comprises six Thai-style houses; in addition to architecture, it’s possible to see how silk is made.
End your Thai holiday with a few nights at the River Kwai Jungle Rafts hotel in Kanchanaburi, about 200 kilometres from Bangkok. The floatel doesn’t use electricity, so you can turn off the digital world by unplugging your devices and tune into nature by relaxing in the world’s best hammocks and letting your worries float away.
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Established in 1923, Finnair is one of the world’s oldest operating airlines. Finnair’s route network includes 17 destinations in Asia, 4 in North America, and some 74 in Europe. In 2016 Finnair carried more than 10.8 million passengers. More than 1.6 million passengers fly between Asia and Helsinki each year.
TRAVEL TIPS TIINA HONKANEN Ancillary Product Expert – Ground Product, Finnair “Travelling with a pet or special baggage? When travelling on a flight operated by Finnair or Norra (and the flight is marked with a Finnair code), you can book transportation for your pet and certain special baggage items such as bicycles or sporting weapons on finnair.com via a web form. You no longer need to call Finnair Customer Service to book the transportation. Instead, just fill in the form latest 48 hours before departure. It is also possible to pay for the special baggage beforehand. This way you can avoid the hassle of queuing to pay at the airport when departing. In the future, we plan to make travelling even smoother by enabling you to book a flight and special baggage in one go.”
YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL APP DOWNLOAD FINNAIR’S app on your mobile and enjoy an even smoother travel experience. Check-in, get flight alerts, and store your boarding passes all in one place. As a Finnair Plus member, you can view your profile and points balance, and even purchase services such as extra bags or an Economy Comfort seat. You can access the app with your Finnair Plus member ID or by using your booking reference number and surname. Learn more at finnair.com.
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FLIGHT MODE: CABIN SAFETY SAFETY INFORMATION is presented by the cabin crew at the start of each flight. This information is also listed on the safety instruction card in your seat pocket. Safety belts must remain fastened when the “Fasten safety belt” sign is on. For safety reasons we recommend keeping them fastened even when the sign has been switched off. Handheld devices can be used throughout the flight (including takeoff and landing) in airplane-mode. Laptops and larger devices must be stowed away during takeoff and landing, but can be used when the “Fasten safety belt” sign has been switched off.
FLY FINNAIR INFLIGHT WELLBEING
FOOD AND DRINK
Business class passengers on long-haul flights can enjoy Signature Menus prepared by chefs from top restaurants. The menus offer passengers a taste of Nordic flavours.
Foods to fuel on European flights FANCY A SNACK ONBOARD? Then take a look at the Sky Bistro menu card in your seat pocket. For a small fee, you can choose from a tasty selection of food and beverage options combining the best of Europe and Asia. Coffee, tea, water, and Finnair’s signature blueberry juice are always served free of charge on all Finnair flights.
Sit back and relax
These moves keep you fit while flying. Hold each movement for a few seconds and repeat five times per side.
Mindfulness instructor Aleksi Litovaara's exercises will help you feel calm and rested during your flight.
BE AWARE: The basic idea of mindfulness is that you have arrived. The aircraft is already taking you where you need to be so just sit back and relax. Watch, listen, and feel your present environment.
Lift one foot and draw circles with your toes. Reverse direction.
Lift one knee up and then lower your foot back down to the floor.
Keep heels on the floor and lift your toes upwards, then release.
Keep toes on the floor and lift your heels upwards, then release.
TACKLE ANXIETY: If you experience nervousness or restlessness, try holding an object in your hand. It will help bring your attention to that simple physical sensation instead of getting caught up in your own thoughts.
Lift your shoulders up towards your ears and release.
Lower your chin slowly towards your chest and lift back up again.
Gently rotate your head from side to side. Keep your shoulders relaxed.
Slowly lower your left ear to your left shoulder and then back up again.
THINK POSITIVE: This is a good moment to choose nice words towards yourself and other passengers — if only in your mind. You can also ask yourself: what do I need right now? It may well be reading a book or getting some rest instead of working on your computer. aleksilitovaara.com
FLY FINNAIR ENTERTAINMENT
BE ENTERTAINED AND CONNECTED Experience the Nordic Sky entertainment system and the Nordic Sky Wi-Fi portal onboard Finnair A350 XWB aircraft.
THE NORDIC SKY inflight entertainment system is available onboard Finnair A350 flights. Not only will you stay entertained with a wide range of movies and TV series, you can stay up to date on what’s happening during your flight, from when dinner is served to updated arrival information and the local weather. With the Nordic Sky Wi-Fi portal, you can enjoy a host of fantastic services via your own mobile device. You can use the portal free of charge to access finnair.com and Finnair services such as destination information, pre-order shopping, and customer care. You can also rent a car, order a taxi, or book a tour.
Here’s how to get started: 1. Turn your device to flight mode and enable Wi-Fi. 2. Join the Wi-Fi network Nordic Sky”. 3. Open the browser of your choice. 4. Start exploring.
Want to know more about your destination? Nordic Sky offers travel tips to make your landing even easier.
PICK OF THE MONTH Action
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star.
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ON SCREEN Latest films and TV series
MOVIE SING. Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theatre to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. MOVIE PASSENGERS. A single passenger, on a spacecraft carrying thousands, is accidentally awakened 90 years before anyone else.
MOVIE ASSASSIN’S CREED. Callum explores his ancestor’s memories and gains the skills of an assassin, and discovers he is a descendant of a secret society. TV SERIES BACKSTROM. Portland Elite Special Crimes Unit is led by Det. Lt. Everett Backstrom, an alcoholic and a smoker who is in failing health. TV SERIES LIFE IN PIECES. A family comedy told through the separate stories of different family members.
RADIO Sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in beautiful music.
Most Airbus A340 aircraft and all Airbus A330 aircraft are equipped with an electricity socket, which you will find under your seat. On the Airbus A350 aircraft, you will find a USB port located in the seatback monitor in Economy class and directly from the seat in Business class.
FLY FINNAIR INFLIGHT SHOPPING
SHOP ABOVE THE CLOUDS Six reasons to look and feel good this season. Check out other special offers in the pre-order catalogue. And remember you can always shop via the Nordic Sky Wi-Fi portal while onboard the A350.
CLOETTA JELLY BEAN FACTORY 36 Gourmet Flavours Tube, 175 g Can, 300 g Sharing Bag, 435 g Available in pre-order shopping catalogue €5–€15
PRE-ORDER before your flight
BIOEFFECT EGF Serum 15 ml + 5 ml Available in pre-order shopping catalogue €129
FINNAIR CARRIES a wide selection of cosmetics, fragrances, gift items, confectionary, and jewellery, all of which can be purchased before your flight. On most Intercontinental flights and flights to and from destinations outside the EU, wine and spirits are available for purchase. You also earn Finnair Plus points with every purchase.
CLARINS Booster Energy Available in pre-order shopping catalogue €33.50
THOMAS SABO Love Bridge Bracelet Three colour options Available in pre-order shopping catalogue €79
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Champagne Brut 0,75L Available in pre-order shopping catalogue €37
for stress-free shopping DESIGUAL Travel Wallet Available in pre-order shopping catalogue €49
Ordering in advance is always a good idea. You can save up to 60 per cent compared to city prices. There’s no minimum order and your purchase will be waiting at your seat on your next flight! www.finnairshop.com
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MAIJA TAMMI/FINNISH RED CROSS
BETTER PLANET Finnair focuses on building a clean, caring, and collaborative sustainability strategy: THE UNITED NATIONS Global Compact is a corporate responsibility initiative aiming to make human rights, fair labour standards, environmental responsibility, and anti-corruption core parts of the participating companies’ operations. Finnair has been a member since 2013. The airline also signed the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2011.
MAKING POINTS COUNT FINNAIR INVITES both its travellers and staff to support organisations w orking in healthcare, the environment, and international aid. One of these is the Finnish Red Cross, which provides medical supplies, tents, water, and other essentials to regions struck by crises. Finnair has partnered with the organisation to operate humanitarian relief flights after disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013. Frequent flyers can donate Finnair Plus points through the Finnair Shop to the Finnish Red Cross in increments ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 points: these donations can also be given as gifts in the
WORK WITH US
DO GOOD Finnair makes it even easier to donate to charity. Passengers can now make a donation to UNICEF Finland when they book their flights on the Finnair website. Donations are possible in sums of five, ten, or twenty euros. Finnair also collaborates with many other environmental and humanitarian organisations.
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name of friends or family members. Point donations have helped fund disaster aid around the world. In addition to supplies, the Red Cross assists in rebuilding and rehabilitation. In Finland, the organisation focuses on providing support to families whose homes have been lost to fires and other unexpected events, and helps locate missing people. At the moment, the Finnish Red Cross provides relief aid to East Africa and aid workers and supplies to two hospitals in Iraq.
FINNAIR has received 7 of 12 forthcoming Airbus A350 aircraft, which cut back on fuel consumption and emissions by 25 per cent.
FINNAIR was one of the first airlines in the world to receive an IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) certification; this environmental management system is a set of processes and practices that enable an airline to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency.
THE AIRLINE supports the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) goal of zero emissions trading scheme. Finnair is dedicated to reducing its carbon dioxide emission revenue as much as 20 per cent per tonne-kilometre from 2009 to 2017.
Finnair Plus members can donate points to the following charities at www.finnairshop.com: • The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation • The Association of Friends of the University Children’s Hospitals • The Cancer Society of Finland • The Finnish Red Cross • UNICEF Finland • Hope • WAU ry • UN Women
FINNAIR CONDUCTS an annual employee well-being survey, participates in campaigns promoting equal opportunities at the workplace, and places a strong focus on occupational safety and continuous training.
IN 2015 FINNAIR joined the Climate Leadership Council, an initiative bringing together leading Finnish businesses to combat climate change and foster business eco-technologies. The airline is also included on the CDP’s (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) Nordic Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), which comprises organisations that have scored within the top 10 per cent in the region in their efforts to disclose carbon emissions and energy data.
FLY FINNAIR HELSINKI AIRPORT
Arriving and departing Helsinki Airport
PASSENGERS at Helsinki Airport can use the 30 automated border control gates. Fifteen of these are located in the departure hall. The Finnish Border Guard’s automated border control helps serve growing passenger volumes at Helsinki Airport. EU, EEA, Japanese, and Swiss nationals with biometric passports can take advantage of the automated border control gates. Other foreign nationals, who are exempt from the visa rrequirement equirement and hold a biometric passport, may also use the automated border control upon departure. This service is available for A ustralian, Canadian, Japanese, Australian, New Zealand, South Korean, and U.S. citizens. The automated border control is monitored by a border guard ensuring secure border crossings. Please note that passengers travelling with an infant, baggage trolley or wheelchair must use the manual border control lane.
AUTOMATED BORDER CONTROL Place your passport with the info page face down on the reader. Please wait while your passport is being read for biographical and biometric data. When the scan is complete, the gate will open. ヘルシンキ・ヴァンター空港シェンゲンエリアで は、入出国審査の際に自動化ゲートをご利用頂けま す。対象となるのはICパスポートをお持ちのお客様 です。
대한민국 전자여권을 소지한 승객께서는 유럽에서 한국으로 입국 시, 헬싱키 공항에서 자동출국심사 서비스를 이용 하실 수 있습니다.
① パスポートの顔写真ページを読み取ります。該当 ページを読み取り機の上に置いて下さい。個人情報 と生体認証データを読み取ります。
우선, 전자여권의 사진 페이지를 인식장치에 올려주시기를 바랍니다. 이 과정에서 여권정보가 시스템에 자동 인식됩니다.
② ゲートが開いたら中に入り、右を向いて下さい。 パスポートの顔写真と照合します。バックパック・ 帽子・眼鏡などは外して下さい。足跡マークの上に 立って画面を正面からまっすぐに見て下さい。 ③ 二番目のゲートが開いたら、入国審査官のカウン ターにお進み下さい。パスポートを確認した後、入 国または出国スタンプを押印致します。シェンゲン エリア居住許可証をお持ちの方は、入国審査官にご 提示下さい。
첫 번째 게이트가 열리면 안으로 들어가 오른쪽에 위치한 카메라로 안면인증을 거치게 됩니다. 이후 마지막 게이트에서 출입국관리 직원의 출국확인도장을 받으시면 됩니다. 보다 간편하고 빠른 본 자동시스템의 많은 이용 바랍니다. 대한민국 전자여권은? 2008년 8월 25일 이후 발급된 여권으로 표지 하단부에 전자칩과 안테나가 내장 되어 있는 여권입니다.
Enter through the gate and turn right. Please remove your backpack if you’re wearing one and stand on the footprints on the floor. Remove your glasses and hat. Stand still and look directly at the screen keeping your face visible. The camera will compare your facial image with the biometric feature scanned from your passport. Wait until the second gate opens. The border check for EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals is completed when the gate opens. Other foreign nationals must move towards the border guard, who will check your entry stamp and mark your passport with an exit stamp.
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WELCOME TO HELSINKI AIRPORT HOW TO TRANSFER Check your gate and departure time on the airport monitors. All Finnair and Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra) departures are located in the same terminal. If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, please contact the transfer service desk. Most passengers transferring from non-EU countries to EU countries must go through security and passport control. Please note that liquids are restricted in carry-on baggage. If your baggage has not been checked through to your final destination, collect it from the baggage claim area, and go to check-in and security control. AUTOMATED BORDER CHECKS are available to passengers with biometric passports. The service is available for Australian, Canadian, EEA, EU, Japanese, New Zealand, South Korean, Swiss, and U.S. citizens. See more information on page 85.
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FINNAIR LOUNGE FINNAIR PREMIUM LOUNGE BUS GATES
FINNAIR TRANSFER SERVICE desks in Helsinki Airport T2 terminal are ready to help you with any inquiries related to your connection flights.
BUS CONNECTION The Finnair City Bus to the Helsinki Railway Station leaves from Terminal 2 every 20 minutes, stopping also at Terminal 1. Travel time is about 30 minutes. Price: €6.30
CHECKING IN Checking in to your Finnair flight is easy. You can save time by checking in at a self-service kiosk at the airport, online 36 hours before departure, or by text message. For flights to the US, online check-in opens 24 hours before departure.
TRAIN CONNECTION The Ring Rail Line connects Helsinki Airport to downtown Helsinki. There is direct access from the corridor between T1 and T2 terminals to the train station by two lifts and three escalators.
FLIGHT DISRUPTIONS In case a flight is delayed or cancelled, Finnair will make every effort to keep you updated. Please make sure that you have provided Finnair with your email address and phone number.
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SERVICES AND FACILITIES SHOP SHOPPING Receive special offers for airport services when you show your Finnair Plus card. You will recognise our partners by the Finnair Plus symbol. Helsinki Airport features more than 30 shops and boutiques and various restaurants and cafés.
WIRELESS INTERNET Helsinki Airport offers free Wi-Fi throughout the airport. CHILDREN Children’s playrooms offer videos, microwave ovens, and baby care facilities. NON-SMOKING Smoking at Helsinki Airport is prohibited outside of designated smoking rooms.
FLY FINNAIR HELSINKI AIRPORT WALKING TIME GATE 24–30: 7 MIN
LOST AND FOUND Restaurant & Deli Fly Inn
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FINNAIR check CHECK-IN/ SERVICE DESKS 201–229
INQUIRIES Lentäjäntie 1 (next to T2, street level) Open Mon–Fri 09:00–17:00 and Sat 09:00–15:00 Tel 0600 41006 (1,97€/min + local network charge)
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13 DROP-IN LOUNGE ACCESS As a Finnair customer, you can unwind in a Finnair lounge for a reduced price (€39) when your flight departs during off-peak hours. To get the discount, your flight must leave between 7:30 am–3 pm or 6:45 pm–12 midnight (non-Schengen-area), or between 10 am–3 pm or 7 pm–12 midnight (Schengen-area). The service is available 3 hours prior to your actual departure time. An off-peak lounge pass can be purchased from finnair.com via Manage Booking.
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FLY FINNAIR FLIGHTS WITHIN EUROPE KARTAT Great Circle Estimated FROM HELSINKI AMSTERDAM ALANYA/GAZIPASA ALICANTE ARRECIFE ATHENS BARCELONA BERGEN BERLIN BIARRITZ BILLUND BRUSSELS BUDAPEST CATANIA CHANIA COPENHAGEN CORFU DALAMAN DUBLIN DUBROVNIK DÜSSELDORF EDINBURGH EILAT EKATERINBURG FRANKFURT FUERTEVENTURA FUNCHAL GDANSK GENEVA GOTHENBURG HAMBURG HERAKLION IBIZA INNSBRUCK KAZAN KOS KRAKOW LAS PALMAS LISBON LJUBLJANA LONDON MADRID MALAGA MALTA MANCHESTER MENORCA MILAN MINSK MOSCOW MUNICH MYTILENE NAPLES NICE OSLO PALMA DE MALLORCA PAPHOS PARIS PISA PRAGUE
1525 02:35 2722 03:45 3034 04:25 4518 05:55 2490 03:40 2632 03:55 1112 03:30 1123 02:00 2581 03:45 1060 01:50 1651 02:40 1481 02:20 2636 03:45 2756 03:50 895 01:40 2329 03:25 2639 03:40 2030 03:10 2027 03:00 1512 02:25 1717 02:40 3457 04:45 2098 03:05 1543 02:35 4578 06:05 4310 05:45 768 02:00 1994 03:00 785 01:25 1172 02:00 2777 03:55 2897 04:00 1701 02:35 1521 02:30 2620 03:45 1186 02:00 4700 06:10 3369 04:50 1713 02:40 1863 03:10 2950 04:25 3357 04:35 2822 04:15 1817 03:00 2688 04:05 1953 03:05 740 01:25 876 01:40 1577 02:30 1471 03:35 2283 03:25 2202 03:25 766 01:30 2777 04:00 2898 04:00 1900 03:05 2093 03:20 1322 02:10
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Great Circle Estimated Distances Flight km Times
Flight Times PREVEZA PULA REYKJAVIK RHODES RIGA RIMINI ROME SALZBURG SAMARA SANTORINI SKIATHOS SPLIT STOCKHOLM ST. PETERSBURG TALLINN TARTU TEL AVIV TENERIFE NORTE TENERIFE SUR VARNA VENICE VERONA VIENNA VILNIUS VISBY WARSAW ZAKYNTHOS ZÜRICH
2397 03:25 1865 02:55 2429 3:50 2668 03:45 382 00:55 1993 03:00 2235 03:25 1592 02:30 1698 02:35 2660 03:40 2353 03:30 1956 02:55 400 01:00 301 01:00 101 00:30 245 00:50 3230 04:25 4691 06:10 4745 06:10 1911 02:55 1847 02:55 1903 02:55 1462 02:30 633 01:15 481 01:25 940 01:40 2526 03:55 1781 02:45
SCHEDULED DESTINATIONS LEISURE DESTINATIONS PARTNER-OPERATED CODE-SHARE OR MARKETING DESTINATIONS SEASONAL ROUTE EW SCHEDULED N SEASONAL ROUTE NEW SCHEDULED DESTINATION IN 2017
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DOMESTIC FLIGHTS New
FROM HELSINKI IVALO JOENSUU JYVÄSKYLÄ KAJAANI MARIEHAMN KEMI/TORNIO KITTILÄ KOKKOLA/PIETARSAARI KUOPIO KUUSAMO OULU ROVANIEMI TAMPERE TURKU VAASA
931 01:35 360 01:00 235 00:50 464 01:20 282 00:55 609 01:35 823 01:25 391 01:10 335 01:00 667 01:15 514 01:05 697 01:20 143 00:35 150 00:35 348 00:55
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FLY FINNAIR FLIGHTS INTERCONTINENTAL Circle Estimated KARTAT Great Distances Flight FROM HELSINKI
BANGKOK 7912 09:45 BEIJING 6325 07:55 CHICAGO 7139 09:15 CHONGQING 6736 08:40 DELHI 5229 06:50 DUBAI 4537 05:55 FUKUOKA 8060 09:30 GOA 6328 8:10 GUANGZHOU 7693 09:30 HAVANA 8703 11:15 HÔ CHI MINH CITY (Saigon) 8510 10:50 HONG KONG 7821 09:35 KRABI 8350 10:20 MIAMI 8342 11:10 NAGOYA 7780 09:40 NEW YORK 6626 08:45 OSAKA 7751 09:30 PHUKET 8312 10:05 PUERTO VALLARTA 9960 12:30 PUERTO PLATA 8417 11:15 SAN FRANCISCO 8724 10:45 SEOUL 7050 08:40 SHANGHAI 7410 09:05 SINGAPORE 9272 11:30 TOKYO 7849 09:45 XIAN 6421 07:50
Havana Puerto Vallarta
FINNAIR PLUS members earn Plus points from travelling on any scheduled flight with a oneworld airline. The oneworld alliance flies to more than 1,000 destinations.
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AIRBUS A350-900 Number 7+ 12 on order Seating capacity 297 Length 66.8 m Wingspan 64.75 m Cruising speed 903 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 13,000 m
AIRBUS A330-300 Number 8 Seating capacity 289/263 Length 63.6 m Wingspan 60.3 m Cruising speed 870 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 12,600 m
AIRBUS A321 (ER) Number 11 Seating capacity 196–209 Length 44.5 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m
AIRBUS A320 Number 10 Seating capacity 165 Length 37.6 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m
AIRBUS A319 Number 9 Seating capacity 138 Length 33.8 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m
EMBRAER 190 Operated by Norra Number 12 Seating capacity 100 Length 36.2 m Wingspan 28.7 m Cruising speed 850 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 12,300 m
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FLY FINNAIR MY FINNAIR
MY FINNAIR EVERY SEAT HAS A STORY It’s the customers who make Finnair and that’s why we’ve dedicated this page to your travel stories.
#FEELFINNAIR Share your Finnair moments on Instagram using @feelfinnair. And if you want to get featured use #feelfinnair.
MEET THE FREQUENT FLYER Which Finnair Plus benefit do you use most: I use points for a travel class upgrade or a combination of points and money to buy tickets. What is the most impressive airport you have visited? Berlin Tegel – it feels like travelling back in time into the 1970s.
mackenziehoran Thrilled to be in Finland to experience the dates from the final two episodes of The Bachelor!
What is your go-to airplane snack? I usually eat a sandwich. How do you stay busy onboard? I read or solve crossword puzzles. I always travel with my laptop, so if time permits I get some work done. Antti Hakola has been a Finnair Plus member since 2008. Finnair Plus tier: Gold Avg. Finnair Plus flights per year: 50 Next destination: Munich, Germany
What has been your most memorable flight? I managed to sleep for the first time ever on a flight when I flew to Tokyo in October!
APP & AWAY
QUESTIONS? Twitter: @FinnairHelps Facebook: facebook.com/finnair Finnair on chat: Live chat is available on weekdays from 7 am to 10 pm, on Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am to 10 pm (Finnish time).
sailakuutti I woke up today in London As the plane was touching down.
Find Finnair on WeChat! Scan and follow Finnair’s official WeChat account.
Finnair’s mobile app is now available to everyone who has a Finnair booking. Log in with either your Finnair Plus member ID or your booking reference number and surname. Go to finnair.com to learn more.
bortebest_bestabroad Sashimimania! Dinner at ”no sake, no life”.
FINNAIR PLUS FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM
A world of benefits for frequent flyers
THE FINNAIR PLUS PROGRAM allows you to earn both tier points and award points when travelling with Finnair or a oneworld airline and from services provided by Finnair Plus partners. As a Finnair Plus member you get instant access to valuable benefits including:
· A head start on special flight sales · Exclusive members prices on offers · Earn and use points on Finnair, oneworld, and partner airline flights · Earn and use points on numerous worldwide partner services
RENEWED FINNAIR PLUS With our latest changes, it’s easier to reach tier membership. You can also enjoy simpler ways of earning and using points for Finnair flights. Read more about the changes: finnair.com/plus
DID YOU KNOW? JOIN FOR FREE by filling in the Finnair Plus form attached to this magazine or online at finnair.com/plus
NEW WAYS TO USE POINTS AS A FINNAIR PLUS MEMBER you can use your Finnair Plus award points for additional Finnair services such as seat selection, meals, and extra baggage payments online. The number of points you pay depends on your flight and the chosen service. You can pay for additional services at the time you book your reservation, or later through the Manage Booking tab. finnair.com/plus
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FINNAIR PLUS MEMBERSHIP
FINNAIR PLUS TIERS AND BENEFITS JUNIOR Children aged 2–17 can join the Finnair Plus Junior program. The points earned can be spent on award flights as well as for fun reward items. BASIC · Flights awards · Additional baggage charges with points · Extra services for flights with points · Partner service purchases with points · Waiting list priority based on tier SILVER · One extra bag (max. 23 kg) free of charge · Finnair lounge access* · Priority Lane · 10% points bonus · 10% discount on F innair tax-free purchases outside of the EU * Chargeable from August 1, 2016
All tier benefits are valid on Finnair flights (AY operated and AY marketed)
GOLD · Special baggage free of charge · Travel class upgrades · Finnair and oneworld Business Class and Frequent Flyer lounge access + 1 guest · Priority Lane · 15% points bonus · 10% discount on Finnair tax-free purchases outside of the EU PLATINUM · Gold card giveaway · Special baggage free of charge · Travel class upgrades · Travel upgrades for family members · Finnair and oneworld Business and First Class and Frequent Flyer lounge access + 1 guest · Priority Lane · Points do not expire during tracking period · 25% points bonus · 10% discount on Finnair tax-free purchases outside of the EU
Remember to keep your Finnair Plus card with you at all times to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities to earn points!
EQUIVALENT ONEWORLD TIERS Finnair Plus oneworld Basic --Silver Ruby Gold Sapphire Platinum Emerald
FINNAIR PLUS NEWS THIS MONTH
TIPS FROM FINNAIR’S CUSTOMER LOYALTY TEAM
USE POINTS FOR ANY SEAT RESERVATION With an Any Seat reservation, you may use a combination of money and Finnair Plus points to purchase your flight tickets (when the flight is marked with an AY code).
How to book an Any Seat flight: 1. Start booking flights as usual on finnair.com. 2. O n the prices page, select the “Use points” link within the online booking system and log in with your Finnair Plus username and password. 3. C hoose how much of the fare you want to pay by using points and how much you want to pay by using money.
Heidi Ursinus Manager, customer relationship marketing 1. SPEND A DAY IN HELSINKI and take in a 1-hour cultural experience of Jean Sibelius’s compositions at the National Hall 15.5- 15.9. Use points to redeem an award voucher for entrance! 2. FINNAIR PLUS turns 25 years in May! Now is a good time to check that your Finnair Plus profile is up to date. Stay tuned for a month of celebration.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW PARTNER
USE POINTS FOR SOMETHING NEW
RENTALCARS.COM is the world’s largest online car rental service, offering great prices in all car groups. With a multilingual call centre open 7 days a week, you can find the best rental price whenever you want – wherever you go. As a Finnair Plus member, you earn points on every rental!
THE SANDRO RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE is more than just food. Sandro offers plant-based meals as well as a selection of sustainable seafood and organic meats to go with all the veggies. Use your Finnair Plus points to redeem a Royal Restaurant voucher from the Finnair Shop.
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3. SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE and the splendid Finnish festival season is about to start. Book your favourite from lippu.fi and use your points for the tickets. www.finnairshop.com
FINNAIR PLUS TOP PICKS THIS MONTH
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FINLAND IN FIGURES
ECONOMY According to Statistics Finland, the consumer confidence indicator increased to 20.8 in February, up from 19.5 in December 2016.
Employed persons by industry, 4th quarter 2016 (per cent of total)
AREA • 390,908 sq. kilometres, of which 9% is fresh water; land area is 303,912 sq. kilometres. There are 188,000 lakes. 7% of the land is utilised agricultural area. Forests (mainly pine, spruce, and birch) and other wooded land (e.g. alpine birch forest) cover 76% of the land area. GOVERNMENT • Sovereign parliamentary republic since 1917. • The president is elected ever y six years. The current president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö took office in March 2012. The 200 members of Parliament are elected for fouryear terms. • Finland has been a member of the European Union since January 1995. ECONOMY • GDP 2016: 210 billion euros, the annual change in volume 0.3% • Annual inflation rate as of February 2017: 1.2% • Currency: Euro
Construction and energy 9%
14% 4% Agriculture
Financial and business servces
Trade and hotel
Transport and communications
Other manufactured goods
Food prod. and textiles
Adjusted for Purchasing Power Standard
67.100 47.800 45.600 39.600 38.200 37.100 32.800* 28.900
46.300 36.600 35.700 31.200 31.600 35.800 30.600* 28.900
Foreign trade 2016 exports by products by activity: 51,780 MEUR (per cent of total) Forest industry products
Chemical industry products
Metals and metal products
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MONTHLY TEMPERATURES IN HELSINKI 2016
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean˚C -8.8 0.3 0.9 4.8 13.8 15.3 17.8 16.4 13.3 5.6 0.0 0.2 Max˚C 4.7 4.1 9.7 12.6 22.8 25.4 25.4 22.6 21.6 15.1 7.6 7.0 Min˚C -23.9 -8.9 -7.0 -1.1 4.5 6.2 11.3 8.9 5.6 -1.2 -10.4 -11.0
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EXPORTS BY PRODUCTS
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Source: Statistics Finland
POPULATION • 5.5 million • Life expectanc y: men 78.5 and women 84.1 years • Average household size: 2.1 persons • L anguages: 89% speak Finnish; 5.3% Swedish; 1.3% Russian • Religion: 74% Lutheran; 1% Orthodox; 24% census register or unknown • 83% of the population aged 25 to 64 have completed upper secondary or tertiary education and 39% have university or other tertiary qualifications.
– A Dance Lover’s Tasty Dream Destination
What is a summer in Kuopio made of? World-class dance shows, local culinary delights, and superb places to visit amongst the pristine forests, lakes and hundreds of islands.
hen you ask the locals, it is always the same answer: The most important cultural event in the summer of Kuopio is the Kuopio Dance Festival. This international event has been running since 1970, and it's the most wide-ranging dance festival in Northern Europe. Some 20 main acts, tens of workshops and dozens of fringe events make the stars and newcomers of the dance scene known to the general public. What does it take to produce a major festival and keep it interesting? ”What enables us to put on this annual event is the passion, the ability of our brilliant team and partners to take on new challenges without precon ceived ideas – as well as our shared enthu siasm for promoting this town as the inter Vertigo Dance Company. Photo © Gadi Dagon Israel Galván. Photo © Luis Castilla Fotografia
Dada Masilo. Photo © Stella Olivier: workshop for William Kentridge’s ’More Sweetly Play the Dance’.
national number one spot for dance in this country”, says the Executive Director of the Kuopio Dance Festival, Anna Pitkänen. ”The Festival is organized every June, and our unique programme may be viewed on our website”, she continues.
A popular travel blogger Juan Martinez visited Kuopio in 2016 and was immediately impressed by the travel facilities offered by Kuopio. ”Geographically Kuopio, surrounded by hundreds of small islands, is one of the most interesting destinations in the whole Wild Flavours world”, enthuses Martinez. The taste palette of cultural travellers reHe was impressed for good reason. Lake ceived a delicious addition as a result of the Kallavesi, Puijo Tower, and the wide-ranging collaboration with the SATOA cultural events make goes WILD food festival. The Kuopio an undisputed Geographically Kuopio, foodies’ event coincides with the number one amongst surrounded by hundreds Dance Festival, and becomes of small islands, is one of the the destinations in apparent through the availability Eastern Finland. ”The most interesting destinations facilities offered in the of wild food and drink throughout the town centre, and wild in the whole world. area can be viewed on quality shows on the stages of our website, where we Kuopio. ”SATOA goes WILD proved to be an have gathered the tastiest destinations for excellent partner for the Kuopio Dance Fes the cultural traveller”, advises Wille Marktival, as together they meet both the gastro kanen, Managing Director of Kuopio-Tahko nomical and cultural needs of the most de Marketing Ltd. manding clients”, states the Artistic Director Text: Jarkko Kääriäinen of the Kuopio Dance Festival, Jorma Uotinen.
KUOPIO DANCE FESTIVAL 14.–20.6.2017 For one week you can see international dance stars, as well as the best Finnish talents. Israel Galván, Dada Masilo, NDT2, VerTeDance, Xiexin Dance Theatre, Vertigo and much more...
SATOA GOES WILD 16.–17.6.2017
Food festival which supports both cultural and economic sustainability. Local food, restaurants and artists. VB Photographic Center: Wild food and acts in the beautiful garden of a idyllic wooden building within a local photographic gallery. vb-valokuvakeskus.fi Snellmann Park: delicious delicacies, arts and communal acts.
KUOPIO-TAHKO REGION We recommend: Local boat cruises on Lake Kallavesi.
Vertical Dance Company Il Posto at Puijo Tower, 2013. Photo © Soile Nevalainen www.puijo.com
THE LEGEND AMONG ICONS.
Portugieser Chronograph. Ref. 3714: When Vasco Da Gama and his crew gazed upon newly discovered worlds, they probably felt much the same way you do when you look at this watch: at certain moments, you would willingly stop time. Just as well, then, that your mechanical chronograph makes it possible. And even better that you have enough time to admire
the details of its classic, quality design in all their splendour. Small wonder that this timepiece became a legend from the moment it appeared. I WC . E N G I N E E R E D FO R M E N .
Oy Osk. Lindroos Ab Mechanical chronograph movement, Self-winding, 44-hour power reserve, Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds, Sapphire glass, Waterresistant 3 bar, Diameter 40.9 mm
Aleksanterinkatu 46, Helsinki Helsinki Airport Schengen, gate 27 Helsinki Airport Non-Schengen, gate 33 www.lindroos.fi