Superpower issue 5 / 2019
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H I G H LIFE
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Managing editor Amanda Soila Art director Aino Ahtiainen Web editor Shelly Nyqvist Visual designers Sesilja Lindell, Iris Mark Editorial assistant Aino Vähälä English editing Silja Kudel Reprographics Faktor Oy Cover Aurora by Kim Öhrling at Haus 2000 studio in Berlin Behind this issue Tim Bird, Mark Fletcher, Laura Iisalo, Silja Kudel, Lissu Moulton, Katja Pantzar, Hernan Patiño, Jussi Ratilainen, Anja Reponen, Heli Sorjonen, Wif Stenger, Carli Teteris, and Kim Öhrling Submissions and feedback firstname.lastname@example.org Blue Wings online bluewings.finnair.com issuu.com/finnair_bluewings Editorial Offices Hämeentie 135 A, 00560 Helsinki, Finland, tel. +358 40 630 8253 email@example.com Advertising Sales Jaana Lindvall-Harki tel. +358 40 582 1416 firstname.lastname@example.org Publisher Fokus Media Finland Printed by Punamusta, Joensuu, Finland 2019 Paper UPM Valor 61g, Cover paper Stora Enso LumiArt 200g ISSN-0358-7703
Editor-in-Chief Arja Suominen email@example.com Finnair Head Office Tietotie 9 A, Helsinki Airport, 1053 Finnair, Finland, tel. +358 (0)9 818 81, Postal address: P. O. Box 15, 01053 Finnair, Finland Customer feedback finnair.com/feedback or by mail: Customer Relations, SL/403, FI-01053 Finnair finnair.com, finnair.fi, finnairgroup.com
Sense and sensibility S I N C E JOI NI NG FI NNAI R as CEO at the start of the year, I’ve come to view aviation as a business of sense and sensibility. Our key target at Finnair is to combine logic and emotions. Many aspects of our business are very rational: safety always comes first, and everyone in our operations needs to work together in a timely, precise, and flawless manner to keep our 350 daily flights operating smoothly. At the same time, this is a people business where emotions play a key role. We must listen to our customers and understand how they feel and be able to fulfil their expectations. The winning formula includes combining the logical, hard elements with the emotional, soft ones. So, while we’ve invested in a 30-million euro best-in-market Wi-Fi system for our short-haul fleet, we also focus on the human elements such as empathy and personalised service. I hope that our combination of logic and emotions appeals to you. Wishing you a wonderful flight, Topi Manner
The winning formula combines the logical with the emotional.
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Through the Rough Seas
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GLO B AL P U L S E
Aurora keeps it real. Page 18
INS P IRATI O N
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1 6 H E L S INKI
Specialty bread beer
2 3 PARIS
Urban greens PAG E 3 8
Explore Summer breeze of Åland
3 0 ÅL AND
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Philosopher Lauri Järvilehto 3 8 SI NG APOR E
Garden City 45 SMAR T STUFF
Clever thinking by companies 51
CONVE R SATI ON
Jacob Lovén on social commerce
Artisanal brews in Helsinki. Page 16
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Reconnecting with nature. Page 84
Create 54 CO P E NH AG E N
Baker’s bunch 79 S H OWRO O M
Global design 84 INV E STIGATIO N
89 Q &A
95 FI NNAI R NE WS
Gay travel bloggers
98 FI NNAI R SE RVI CES
Fly the short northern route 99 FI NNAI R PLUS
Frequent flyer rewards
100 SHOPPI NG
Wish list from the Finnair Shop
102 MY FI NNAI R
103 NOR D I C KI TCHE N
PAG E 5 4
Culinary options in the air
104 W E L L NE SS
105 E NTE R TAI NME NT
106 STAFF TI PS
Helsinki’s summer vibe
107 HOL I DAY SAMPL ER
108 SUSTAI NAB I L I TY
109 FL E E T
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Helsinki Airport and destination check-list
114 FI NL AND FACTS
A decade of Oiva. Page 79
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Hiding in plain sight Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora on unlikely superpowers (p. 18 ) MAY-JUNE 2019 BLUE WINGS 9
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Ideas for good life from around the world
CHANGE IN THE AIR
Healing holidays are all the rage.
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THE ART OF GETTING LOST
continues to grow in popularity, more and more people opt to explore new places on their own in order to better connect with themselves and gain invaluable life experiences. One of the popular choices for solo travellers who want to reconnect and restore balance in their lives are Ayurveda destinations in India, according to wellbeing and wisdom site Thrive Global. Retreats built around one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems are a natural choice, as Ayurveda is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on the balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
AS S O LO TRAV EL
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Co-living spaces such as WeLive and Roam are a top choice for accommodation for solo travellers.
Get Lost! A Travel Guide for Anywhere by Lee Crutchley, author of How to Be Happy (or at Least Less Sad), guides readers to follow prompts in order to experience something totally novel in a new city or their hometown – ranging from finding a place to eat to interesting activities.
Move it H E L S INKI
Magnesia festival in Suomenlinna on August 2-4 features a three-day celebration of yoga, meditation, music, and wellbeing.
FIT AND WELL Festivals focusing on exercise and wellbeing offer up energising summer breaks.
Boutique music and fitness festival LoveFit takes place at the St Clere Estate in Kent just outside of London from July 19-21.
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INCREASE YOUR EQ Emotional intelligence helps us to live happier, more productive lives. Lapland in a bottle.
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OB SE RVI N G HOW YOU FEEL
Practice reconnecting with your emotions by paying attention to them throughout the day. Where in your body is an emotion showing up?
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PAY ATTE NT ION TO HOW YOU BEHAVE
Take time to notice your behaviour. Managing emotions becomes easier when we become more conscious of how we react to them.
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INSPIRATION SHORTCUT How do you get yourself motivated? By moving. Simply getting your body into action can help you to get motivated to take care of tasks that are on your to-do list, or to start writing that business proposal you’ve been putting off.
QUE STI ON YOUR OW N OPI NI ON S
The secret ingredient of motivation? Action.
Take time to hear the other side of the story and challenge your own views. This will help you understand other people and be more receptive to new ideas. Source: Roche Martin, Inspired Emotional Intelligence agency
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Culture swap Destination inspiration
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Up close Off the beaten path
TEXT WIF STENGER PHOTOS HERNAN PATIÑO AND UNSPLASH
Juha Sinisalo left his IT job to go into microbrewing.
“We replace some of the malt barley with bread that would otherwise go to waste.”
BREWING UP A REVOLUTION and bakeries have teamed up since the Middle Ages, sharing the grain theme. Now Helsinki microbrewery Brewniverse gives that partnership a contemporary, sustainable twist – making tasty beer with bakery by-products. “We replace some of the malt barley with bread that would otherwise go to waste,” explains beer master Juha Sinisalo. “It’s mainly rye sourdough, which adds a bit of tang to the taste.” According to the label, Jämä (“Leftover”) is hand-crafted recycled speciality bread beer containing “bakery surplus bread and a pinch of environmental ideology.” Sinisalo adds, “The bigger idea here is to help save the planet, so we’re also working on projects to use the spent barley to make bread. That way nothing gets wasted.”
B R EW ER I ES
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The bread is supplied by Finland’s oldest national bakery, Vaasan. “They had a lot of bread going to waste because when they start a production line, the first loaves aren’t perfect and can’t be sold. They’re happy if we can take it off their hands,” he says. Sinisalo started making beer as a hobby at home. In 2016, he left his software job and made the first Brewniverse test batch with a friend, Jani Poutiainen. After a successful crowdfunding effort, the duo produced their first commercial batch in 2017, which was followed by Jämä early this year. While many craft beers include exotic ingredients, Brewniverse keeps it simple. “We figure making beer with surplus bread is odd enough. We wanted to just put the idea in the bottle and have it be flavourful, easy-drinking, and approachable,” says Sinisalo. Brewniverse beers are available at select restaurants, bars, and grocery stores in the Helsinki area, expanding to other cities soon.
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“I am fighting for everything that can’t fight for itself, which is children, animals, sometimes women and sometimes men, and the planet,” says Aurora.
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Lyrics for the underdog With her spellbinding voice, Norwegian electro pop singer-songwriter Aurora fights for those in the margins. TEXT KATJA PANTZAR PHOTOS KIM ÖHRLING
hen Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora was asked to cover the Oasis song “Half the World Away” for British retailer John Lewis’ Christmas commercial in 2015, she shot to stardom almost overnight. Then 19, Aurora had just released her debut EP “Running with Wolves” to critical acclaim in her homeland. Despite the ensuing whirlwind of gigs and praise, W magazine called her the “mythical lovechild of Björk and Grimes,” the 22-year-old has remained true to her mission in life. “I’ve always thought that I can save the world and the environment and help others through making meaningful, beautiful music,” says Aurora. One of the best examples of this is her 2018 dance single “Queendom,” an ode to life’s underdogs, which has been downloaded into the millions. “It’s a celebration of the people who today’s society is not built around. They are the quiet, shy people, the introverts. The world is based around those who are very loud – we like them for some reason. I am fighting for everything that can’t fight for itself, which is children, animals, sometimes women and sometimes men, and the planet,” she says.
WHERE IT ALL BEGINS Aurora Aksnes grew up in a small village surrounded by forest and ocean near Norway’s Lysefjorden, which means “fjord of light.” Indeed, her first name comes from nature’s s pectacular light
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“I’m an introvert and I like to be alone. This job and this life is quite a contrast to that.”
show, the Northern Lights, which seems fitting as her swathe of songs are like twinkly lights of hope. She began making music when she found an old electric piano in the family attic. At age six, she was creating melodies; by age nine, she was writing songs. Her mother May Britt is a midwife, while her father Jan Øystein is a salesman. Her two older sisters also share the Aksnes’ creativity gene: Miranda is a makeup artist and Viktoria is a fashion designer. A close-knit family helps her keep it real as her international fame grows. “My mother, father, and sisters – my family is a safe place with honest, real people. I feel very grounded with them,” she says. For Aurora, these human qualities are what she treasures in herself. “One of my secret superpowers is my ability to have space for many people in my mind and heart, to think about and care for them. That’s something that makes me happy,” she says. Yet, social situations can be hard for the singer who needs plenty of time to recharge. “I’m an introvert and that’s quite a challenge because I like to be alone. This job and this life is quite a contrast to that.” She balances her busy international touring schedule with spending time in nature when she’s at home in Norway. “Mother Nature is my biggest inspiration,” she says. “Nature is the closest thing there is to true magic.”
22, Norwegian singersongwriter W HAT’S MOST I MPOR TANT?
“Nature means a lot to me and has since I was little. I spend a lot of time in the forest and in the ocean on a sailboat.” SECR E T TAL E NTS
“The secret superpower that I would like to have is to be able to turn off sounds or turn off the world. I need to have quiet time on my own.” D I D YOU KNOW ?
Small things bring her joy. “It makes me happy to wake up a bit early, to drink from my favourite blue Moomin mug that has snow on it – I take it with me on tours.”
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“One of my secret superpowers is my ability to have space for many people in my mind and heart.”
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Amorino’s notto-be-missed gelato flower!
WHERE’S T H E S CO O P I N PA R I S
EAT THE ROSES Gelato lovers will find sanctuary in AM O R I N O , a chain of Italian gelaterias known for shaping their scoops into flower petals. It takes a gelato artist about two to three days to learn the technique. And then practice makes perfect. The gelato artist should ideally be able to craft a flower in less than one minute after about three weeks! Customers are spoiled for choice as the flower shape is created petal by petal, which means you can choose as many flavours as you’d like. Amorino boasts a range of 23 fixed organic and veganfriendly flavours in their 27 boutiques around Paris.
In the land of sinful indulgence, these ice cream shops are churning out some imaginative frozen desserts in the French capital. TEXT SHELLY NYQVIST PHOTOS HELI SORJONEN
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Frozen dessert rock star: Henri Guittet of Glaces Glazed.
HE WILL ROCK YOU What started as a food truck is now a full-fledged bricks and mortar ice cream shop in the lively South Pigalle district near Montmartre and Sacré Coeur. Henri Guittet of G L AC ES G L A Z ED is a frozen dessert rock star who brings the rock ‘n’ roll spirit to his playlist of seasonal flavours. Guittet’s inspiration stems from whatever he currently listens to, reads, or watches: “I like to play with words and invent names that customers can relate to.” Cheeky names include Kimchikardashian and Orange Mécanique, an ode to cult movie A Clockwork Orange.
MASTER OF THE CRAFT Founded by master pastry chef David Wesmaël, LA G L AC ER I E is quickly making a name for itself in the trendy Marais district of Paris. Wesmaël plays with colour and shape, and for him, ice cream is as much about presentation as it is about taste. Along with a range of 21 flavours of ice cream and sorbet, La Glacerie serves up gourmet desserts including Wesmaël’s ingenious cylindrical ice cream in a tube. Just slice and stack into funky frozen desserts. Highly recommended is le dôme envie, a frozen pâtisserie made of ice cream and sorbet. >
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Homemade whipped cream from grandmother’s secret recipe tops off each portion.
FOR THE LOVE OF GLACE Of the many mom and pop ice cream shops in Paris, family-run G L ACE B ACHI R , located near the Centre Georges Pompidou, is one to oh là là over. The four Bachir siblings are recreating the way ice cream is eaten. First established in 1936 in the town of Bikfaya, Lebanon, the Bachir family has been handing down the authentic technique from generation to generation – now two years in Paris. “Our success boils down to the passion and love we have for Lebanese ice cream,” says oldest sister Marilyne Bachir. Every portion is adorned with homemade whipped cream care of grandmother’s secret recipe. The crowd-pleaser is the Lebanese glace achta which is churned with orange blossom water and rolled in pistachio before serving.
FAVOURITES SW EET A F FA I R
The only thing better than ice cream is an ice cream sandwich. At Martine Lambert the scoop comes nestled between the iconic French pastry, the macaron.
PAR I SI AN PI LG R I MAG E
The Paris institution Berthillon is worthy of the hype. The second generation of the Berthillon family still carries on their grandfather’s tradition with a zesty take on his originals.
B E LOVE D CL ASS IC
The family-owned boutique Bac à Glaces has been delighting locals for more than 60 years. Show-off flavours include raspberry rose sorbet and honey pine nut ice cream.
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PHOTO VISIT ÅLAND
Think beyond the box
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EASY LIVING Åland’s entrepreneurs find inspiration in the rustic beauty of the archipelago. TEXT TIM BIRD PHOTOS TIM BIRD AND VISIT ÅLAND
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Guests at Björnhofvda are housed in three buildings, each of which includes a common lounge area.
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Hans and Jackie Lindmark have created a country idyll at the Björnhofvda guesthouse.
he landscape of Åland is a patchwork of forest and meadows bordered with the occasional wooden windmill, barn, and farmhouse. This is no agrarian theme park, however, but a home to a thriving yet relaxed community. The Swedish-speaking Baltic archipelago, nestling between Finland and Sweden, belongs to the former but boasts a culture that’s much closer to the latter. “It is like Sweden back in the 1950s or ‘60s. The pace of life, the way people speak, their more leisurely way of doing things,” says Hans Lindmark, who owns and manages the Björnhofvda Gård guesthouse with his wife Jackie. “It’s very rural yet close to both
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Stockholm and Helsinki,” says Jackie. She pokes a thumb westward, towards the 50-kilometre stretch of Baltic that separates the islands from the Swedish mainland. Björnhofvda is at the end of a lane peppered with red barns and farms on the eastern edge of Åland’s main island, known as Fasta Åland. Short forest walks lead down to rocky shorelines and little beaches. Guests are housed in three buildings, each of which includes a common lounge area, and there is an elegant restaurant. “There are many places in the Stockholm archipelago which are a bit posh and expensive and more up-to-date in terms of fashion and interior design. Here it’s much more slow-paced and not so aware of the latest trends,” says Jackie.
“Åland is like Sweden back in the 1950s or ‘60s.”
Wooden boats at the jetty in the Maritime Quarter.
PHOTOS TIM BIRD AND BJÖRNHOFVDA GÅRD
THE ART OF CRAFT The magnificent Pommern four-mast windjammer, launched in 1903, is one of Mariehamn’s proudest icons and has moved to a new dry-dock berth outside the city’s Maritime Museum. Craftsmen from the Mariehamn’s Maritime Quarter, a cluster of traditional boatyards and artisan workshops on the eastern shore, have fitted the ship with a new deck. One of these craftsmen is Petter Mellberg, who came to work in the Mariehamn yards as an 18-year-old apprentice from Kauniainen in the Helsinki region in 1994. Traditional boatbuilding is a specialised trade, kept precariously afloat by Mellberg and his colleagues. “There are a few boat builders in Finland, but not so many that are >
The Maritime Quarter in Mariehamn includes artisan workshops.
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Potter Judy Kuitunen and her ceramics: aiming for zero hassle.
experienced in the older boat types,” he says. “My customers are usually from Finland, and I repair boats as well as start from scratch with new ones.” He walks down to the quay and points at the handsome wooden galeasclass replica boat, the Albanus, the first traditional boat to be launched here in 1988. “Not so many young people are interested in boat building,” he says. “It takes a lot of time, in an age when everything moves so fast. Even with four builders working on a single boat, it can take as much as four years.”
THE HAPPY POTTER The Finnish way, which in spite of its Swedish connections is also the Åland way, is to express satisfaction in a calm and restrained manner. The ebullient cheerfulness of ceramist Judy Kuitunen when asked about life in Åland is a clue to her origins. She arrived in Finland from London as a 22-year-old at the tail end of “an
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“Peace and quiet is good for my creativity.” Like many Ålanders, Christian Eckström is at home on the water.
unhappy love affair”−with a diploma in pottery in the mid-1970s. After opening her pottery business in an old dairy building in Mariehamn, where she still lives, she moved her studio and colourful showroom to Gölby, a village 12 kilometres out of town. “I absolutely love it here,” she says, beaming. “It’s been a great move. I get a lot more peace and quiet which is good for my creativity.” Zero hassle is her worthy aim. “I want to be less stressed and make the pots that I like, not the ones that I have to make.”
DIVE OF A LIFETIME One of Christian Eckström’s many active pursuits is diving. Every dive is different although not even Eckström was prepared for his life-changing underwater experience in 2010. “There are thousands of wrecks around the shores of the Ålands,” he explains. “I was in a diving group and in summer 2010 we investigated a wreck, the position of which I had known for some time. It turned out to be a spectacular dive that changed my life.” In the wreck, dating from the 1840s, the divers found 168 bottles of champagne and five bottles of beer. Since Eckström is an investor in Åland’s Stallhagen brewery, the discovery of the beer turned out to be a jackpot. “The Baltic is one of coldest places in the world to go diving,” says Eckström. “This cold and the low oxygen and salt content mean everything is wellpreserved. In the area between Mariehamn, Turku in Finland, and Riga in Latvia there are more wrecks than the Bermuda Triangle!”
The church at Hammarland is one of many beautiful old Åland churches.
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Lauri JĂ¤rvilehto believes that learning is one of the most fundamentally amazing things.
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THE BEGINNER’S MIND Philosopher Lauri Järvilehto opens up about why learning is now more important than ever – and not just for kids. TEXT LISSU MOULTON PHOTOS JUSSI RATILAINEN
Now, as digitalisation sweeps over n 1895, Albert Einstein’s teacher everything and everyone, the ability took his father aside and broke some to learn is more important than ever. bad news about his young son: “He “Thirty years ago you could get a degree will never amount to anything.” and do the same job until you retire As a child, Einstein was no Einstein. or die,” Järvilehto says. But that rigid He excelled at math and science but model no longer works in a world that’s failed most of his history and language more fluid than ever. To succeed, we’re classes and pretty much hated school. going to have to re-learn how to learn. And he’s not alone. History is full of “I believe every single person has “bad” students. a vocation. Your vocation is the place And in addition to lots of famous where your interests and the needs of people, it also includes a big chunk of the world meet,” Järvilehto says. To find the regular population. it, you’re going to need Lauri Järvilehto is a a map. Finnish professor, The Vocational Map is philosopher, writer, At the heart of a tool Järvilehto designed entrepreneur, and alllearning lies the to find his own direction around lover of learning. during a time in his life According to him, “It’s most powerful when he was stuck in total nonsense to tell human driver a job he hated. Since someone they’re stupid or incapable of learning.” there is: passion. then, he’s used it to help people of all ages find Scientifically speaking, what drives them. The there’s no such thing. trick, Järvilehto says, is to switch your The only reason we think some focus from things like money or status people are good students and others to the activities you find rewarding and aren’t is that we have education systems meaningful. The question the Vocational that are standardised to average learners. Map aims to answer isn’t “What do I Some learn fast, some learn slow, and some, like Einstein, are bored into failure. want to be?” but “What do I want to do?’” According to Järvilehto, learning “When you figure out what you really actually matters much more than edulike, learning isn’t just something you cation. And at the heart of learning lies can do, it’s something you love to do,” the most powerful human driver there Järvilehto says. When you find whatever is: passion. The problem is that most that is, follow it. education systems, societies, and job It’s safe to say that Einstein would markets are set up so that we forget to agree. learn as we focus on being educated.
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is a professor of practice at Aalto University MY PHI LOSOPHY:
Human value is universal, everyone deserves to live a good life. R E ME MB E R THI S:
The beginner’s mind is important, you are never complete. W HAT I NSPI R E S ME :
Discussion, reflection, reading, music.
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Singapore reveals its green underbelly to those who look in the right places.
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Aerial views from any of Singapore’s countless high-rise buildings show the extent of green space meticulously planned and incorporated into every neighbourhood. Besides visual relief, the green areas also purify the air and cool down temperatures in the tropical city.
The award-winning Geylang Lorong 24A Shophouse Series has converted several heritage shophouses in the Geylang and Kallang districts into stunning, design-driven residential spaces where natural elements are found throughout each of the units.
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Boasting foliageinspired décor, the Geylang Lorong 24A Shophouses have been c onverted into co-living spaces with individual studio apartments and open communal areas for living and working.
Completed in 2016, the Oasia Hotel Downtown is set to be the greenest building in Singapore. The façade of the 60-storey building is a distinct red mesh being grown over by 21 different species of creeping vines and flowers.
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Opened in 2012, Gardens by the Bay has quickly become a landmark that shows off the perfect juxtaposition between lush greenery and strong architectural lines which exemplifies Singapore.
Golden Pothos vines can be found indoors and outdoors in most homes and businesses around Singapore and are commonly believed to bring wealth, because of its nickname the â€œmoney plant.â€?
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Mimicking the environment of mountainous jungle regions in Southeast Asia, the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay provides respite from Singapore’s heat.
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The pocket-sized RokBlok does the spinning so the vinyl doesn’t have to and it’s equipped with Bluetooth functionality and an in-built speaker. €90
Amphibio consists of a 3D printed respiratory mask and gill-like wearable top.
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FUNGUS FIGHTERS One of the world’s biggest ongoing clean-up challenges, plastic pollution, could get a hand from an unlikely source: fungi. Scientists in Islamabad have discovered that the Aspergillus tubingensis strain of fungus is able to substantially speed up the breaking down of plastics within weeks rather than the decades it can take for natural decomposition.
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NOT THE LAST STRAW In an effort to reduce plastic waste of fast food, Finnish food packaging company Huhtamäki recently announced the launch of their new sustainable straws, made from fibre sourced from sustainably managed forests. With initial output the company is serving McDonald’s in the UK and across Europe as one of their main suppliers.
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Much more than meets the eye In answer to modern business space demands, Business Meeting Park Ltd. has created a genuine business environment and a base of operation in the Finnish capital. In today’s global business world, a traditional office full of desks, chairs and computers are no longer enough for an efficient workforce. Workspaces have to be easily accessible, secure, flexible and all-inclusive, incorporating different type of spaces with high quality business services on demand. Business Meeting Park Ltd. in Helsinki offers just that; an all inclusive diverse and confidential business centre, that is open around the clock 24/7. It offers more than 110 different meeting and conference rooms, VIP lounges, co-working and office spaces for temporary and long-term use. It includes all traditional business centre services too, such as video conferencing and streaming facilities, mailing, assistant and full catering. “Our passion is to produce genuine added value to our business customers, and help them to focus in their business. I compare us to a hotel concierge service because we provide to our clients such a high level of service Mr. Kare Casals and countless facilities. After all, we are not CEO & co-founder Business Meeting Park Group just providing office or meeting spaces, we are wide-ranging business centre that caters to everything the modern worker and business could need. We offer a very unique confidential safe haven for businesses” says Mr. Kare Casals, CEO and co-founder of Meeting Park.
He is not wrong. Services even extend to travel and business arrangements, match-making, technology partner scouting, realestate agent services, and arbitration facilities, which are widely used due to Meeting Park’s unique general confidentiality policy. “Business Meeting Park is based on the needs and desires of the most demanding corporate organisations, and with in total 50+ years of international business experience, our passion is to help our business customers to success“ says Dr. Jani Kaarlejärvi, EVP and co-founder of Meeting Park.
Dr. Jani Kaarlejärvi EVP & co-founder Business Meeting Park Group
Meeting Park is conveniently located in the heart of Helsinki, inside the FORUM shopping centre, where you can find over 140 stores and restaurants, including the finest shops like Marimekko, Victoria's Secret, MoominShop, Pentik, Lindex and H&M. With all this to offer, it is little surprise that Business Meeting Park has become the go-to destination for international customers visiting Finland on business. Already with over 2200 business clients from all around the world, Meeting Park is the fastest growing private business meeting and office park in Finland. MeetingPark.fi +358 10 5011 501 email@example.com
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SEOUL’S CYBORG FACTOR capital will soon see the world’s first Robot Science Museum where robots aren’t just the stars of the exhibitions but will oversee the manufacturing and construction processes, too. Drones will be used for site mapping and inspections while the robotic machinery will take care of putting up the façades via moulding and welding, as well as 3D printing the surrounding concrete landscape. Designed by Istanbul-based Melike Altınısık , Architects, the museum is part of Seoul City’s mission to educate the public about robotics. The museum is slated to open late 2022.
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hat happens if you mix Instagram, Candy Crush Saga, and Amazon? The answer is the Chinese platform Pinduoduo, which has become a monster phenomenon with a mindboggling annual turnover of more than 20 billion euros. Last year, the three-year-old company was publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange at a valuation of 30 billion euros. One thing is for certain: the trend of social commerce is challenging how traditional commerce works and is putting pressure on an already suffering retail sector. On the surface it may appear a bit strange. Pinduoduo, which means “buy together” in English, is a platform that mixes social media with shopping and gaming, thus quickly gaining millions of loyal and enthusiastic (and sometimes addicted) users. But if you dig a little deeper, the Chinese app is an example of how shopping is fundamentally changing and what global consumer behaviour could look like in the near future. You see, over the past decade our overall behaviour has increasingly adapted to the formats of the various digital services we use on a daily basis. First, let’s take a look at social media. While Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat aren’t new, the global usage of social media is continuing to grow. Nowadays, it’s the primary way for us to discover new things such as new products to buy. If you think about how we consume news and media online it actually makes sense: When the
number of choices available becomes overwhelming, we turn to likeminded people for recommendations and a curated list of selected items. Second, the rise of social commerce has been enabled by the way games have changed how we value our time and where we spend it. The gamification process of almost any service has become one of the key ingredients in making digital platforms sticky and ensuring that we spend as much time there as possible. Think of how LinkedIn rates our profile based on how active we are. Or consider how our progression is being measured and displayed by any languagelearning app. These are all principles of gamification, and they are incredibly addictive. Third, there is something even more powerful than the first two trends. You see, as traditional e-commerce has made anything available to us at the click of a button, we’ve become easily bored and are widely looking to invest our hard-earned money in things that create an experience and reflect our values and preferences and help us to enforce our personal brand. In commerce it’s no longer about transactions, it’s about experiences. Looking at all these factors, it seems likely that the rest of the world will also experience the rise of social commerce. As with any major shift, billions of euros could be gained by the companies that catch the right wave and billions of euros could be lost by the ones that realise it too late−that’s how Darwinistic the internet economy is.
Swede JACOB LOVÉN is the creator of the Den Digitala Draken and Digitally China podcasts.
The Chinese app is an example of how shopping is fundamentally changing.
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Creative corner Denmark
Bakers and their customers in Copenhagen are rediscovering the joys of breads and pastries. TEXT AND PHOTOS TIM BIRD
I Mike Nordby enjoys a coffee at Copenhagen’s Den Rene Brød.
t’s almost impossible to turn a corner in the Danish capital without being distracted by the enticing waft of freshly baked bread or pastry. It’s as if the city has made a collective decision to turn its back on plastic-wrapped supermarket sandwich bread. Artisan bakeries are on a roll, popping up all over town and staffed by young enthusiasts. Copenhagen, of course, has become synonymous with great food of every kind, from basic burgers to quirky experimental gourmet. The city’s eateries have earned more than their fair share of Michelin stars, a trend pioneered by the award-winning Noma gourmet restaurant. Founded by René Redzepi and Claus Meyer, Noma made Denmark a magnet for talent from abroad and inspired a whole generation of innovative homegrown chefs. Now many of these are demonstrating a rekindled passion for the most elemental and ancient food of all: the humble loaf. >
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Sour turns sweet The Meyers bakery brought back the humble sourdough bread. and tastier and the b acteria in the yeast help digestion. These are some of the reasons that have helped traditional sourdough breads make a comeback in Denmark. One of the first bakeries to start re-experimenting with sourdough is Meyers bakery on Jægersborggade street. “Claus Meyer started the sourdough bread trend at this shop in 2010. Sourdough bread is a tricky thing to make and chefs like Claus wanted to master it,” says Bjarki Sigurdsson, head baker at Meyers. Running through the heart of the trendy Nørrebro district, Jægersborggade is lined with artisanal boutiques and small businesses. It’s now a “hipster street,” says Sigurdsson, although in a previous infamous life it was a venue for shady drug deals and biker gang meet-ups. Considering the more respectable prestige of its current Michelin star-winning owner, the shop and baking facilities at the back are surprisingly tiny. Customers can pause at the tables and chairs outside on the pavement to munch their buns and pastries. “We make about 200 breads and 200 to
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300 pastries daily, but we could probably sell more,” says Sigurdsson. This bakery was the first of four Meyers’ outlets across the city, specialising in cinnamon twists – the most popular product – chocolate croissants and cinnamon “snails.” Breads use different Danish flours and seeds, and croissants might be filled with custard or use seasonal fruits like apple, plum, and rhubarb. While bakers in Denmark are now feted as modern trendsetters, all Meyers’ bread uses sourdough which is the oldest method of baking bread, notes Sigurdsson. This is how people made bread thousands of years ago. Commercial bakers started using added yeast more recently because it ferments more quickly. Sourdough uses “wild,” naturally occurring yeast to make the bread rise. “It doesn’t take any longer to bake but the preparation takes longer. We mix the dough and cold-prove it overnight, and it takes about 20 hours for it to be ready to bake. I came in at 3:30 am this morning – I don’t do it for the money! It’s the passion of baking,” says Sigurdsson. >
“ I don’t do this for the money. It’s the passion of baking!”
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Sourdough bread is tricky to make, and Claus Meyer wanted to master it.
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Bakery assistants Birgitte ÂChristensen and Pelle Storgaard are happy to be part of the local community.
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Danish, born and bread Det Rene Brød started a revival of “pure breads” some 30 years ago. C L AU S M EY ER G AV E sourdough baking a boost, but Det Rene Brød (“Pure Bread”) was quietly starting its own revival more than 30 years ago, two decades before anyone had heard of Noma. Founded in 1988 by Johannes Hessellund, still the co-owner, with a collective of friends, the outfit now has six bakeries across town, all of which are also sit-down cafés. Four of the six shops, including Hessellund’s favourite at Rosenvængets Alle in residential Østerbro, bake bread on site, every day. Popular offerings include rye bread loaves and pastries such as Tebirkes dusted with poppy seeds, and cinnamon-spiced “snails” (describing their shape, not the contents!). “When we started baking organic bread with sourdough and long resting times, everything was quite different from what other bakeries were offering at the time,” says Hessellund. Det Rene Brød’s approach is no longer unique, but the Rosenvængets Alle bakery is typical of its founder’s preference for a neighbourhood bakery. Customers keep returning, dropping by daily or lingering with a morning coffee and roll by the window.
“We want to be part of the local community,” says Hessellund. For all their current cool, bakeries are a tradition in Denmark and people did not travel across town to visit the “latest” bakers, as is often the case now. Hessellund believes in the kind of bakery that is appreciated and enjoyed by the people who live close to it. “Everyone has an opinion about bread,” he says. “Many chefs are turning back to the traditional roots of our culture. And bread is such a wonderful thing to work with. It’s alive, there are so many ways you can make it, and you get results quickly.” The counter at Rosenvængets Alle is piled high with mouth-watering loaves, buns, rolls, and pastries, their homely warm a romas floating over the sofas and window stools. Birgitte Christensen extends an equally warm greeting to customers from behind the counter. “I am always surprised that we sell as much as we do,” she says. “People in this area are into organic, high-quality products. But they also like tradition. Customers tell stories of how their mothers came here to buy their bread. That’s part of our charm; we have a history.” >
“Everyone has an opinion about bread.”
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Copenhagen (CPH) five times a day.
All the fun of the bun Andersen & Maillard are all about top-quality pastries. newcomer Andersen & Maillard Coffee Roasters has less tradition but has become a popular, bustling fixture since its launch in February 2018. Focusing on an irresistible range of croissants, brioche, and other pastries, and proud of the quality of its coffees, the spacious café is frequented by a lively mix of young families and earnest entrepreneurs huddled over laptops. Perhaps surprisingly, the plain croissant wins out against the succulent brioches and other sweeter, glisteningly glazed pastries as most popular product. Head baker Asger Skov Hansen takes a break from rolling pastry to speculate on Copenhagen’s emerging status as Baking Central. “I don’t really know why it’s happening, but it’s resulting in some very good products so I’m happy it’s happening.” Andersen & Maillard are careful with their products and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes before a new product appears on the shelves. The main creative brains behind the baking is Milton Abel who hails from Missouri and whose credentials include spells as pas-
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try chef at the French Laundry in Yountville, California, and pastry sous chef at Noma. Abel exudes irresistible enthusiasm for his adopted home city and his own project. “There are a lot of great and talented chefs from all over who came here to work for gourmet restaurants like Noma or Geranium – and many have decided to stay here because it’s such a wonderful place. Copenhagen is the kind of place where people appreciate good things. It’s not just bakeries, and not just gourmet, it’s restaurants in general.” Just the same, Andersen & Maillard responds to the demand for cafés that serve both top-quality coffee and pastries, and pastries that are sometimes a departure from the traditional fare. Abel prides himself and his bakers on attention to detail and a sense of urgency in their daily work. “Previously I was a musician and an actor,” Abel says. “What I do is still a kind of performance, and although it’s the pastry that is star of the show, it would be a lifeless performance without us behind the scenes. It’s showtime every day when we open our doors. The pastry must go on!”
“It’s showtime when we open our doors. The pastry must go on!”
Asger Skov Hansen is CopCopegen’s rising reputation.
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Head baker Asger Skov Hansen and the surprisingly popular croissant.
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The Wild North Fro m u r b a n s q u i r re l s to b row n b e a r s , t h e re i s a lot of wildlife to spot all over Finland.
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HORSEBACK H O L I D AY It’s hard to imagine a more exciting way to experience the unique Lappish landscape than from the back of a sturdy Finnhorse. Trail rides are organised, for e xample, by Polar Lights Tour and last up to five days.
S A N TA’ S H E L P E R It’s nearly impossible to visit Lapland without bumping into a reindeer but to get close to the peace-loving animal, it’s best to visit a reindeer farm where feeding and petting is allowed.
BEAR SPOTTING Located 50 kilometres south from the city of Kuusamo, Hossa National Park features stunning landscape and diverse wildlife. A surefire way to get close to Finland’s national animal, the brown bear, is to join a bear-watching safari.
D AY O N T H E F A R M Horses, sheep, alpacas, bunnies, and other farm animals live happily together on Olga’s farm in Sääskjärvi, located 50 kilometres from Helsinki. The family-owned estate is a fun outing for families with small kids.
PA N D A L A N D Pandamonium has hit Finland with the arrival of Lumi and Pyry, two giant pandas who moved to Ähtäri Zoo from China in 2018. The duo has since amused visitors with their now famous forward roll.
CITY SIGHTINGS The great outdoors is just a short tram ride away in the capital region. Helsinki’s Central Park is home to squirrels, brown hares, badgers, foxes, and a number of bird species.
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In Vuokatti you’ll experience the enchanting Finnish summer by the crystal blue lakes. Unique in its versatility, Vuokatti’s nature offers stunning surroundings for a variety of activities. Explore the great outdoors and try fishing, hiking, watersports or biking!
Untouched wilderness and the perfect spots for photographing wild animals such as brown bears, wolverines and wolves are only a short drive away from Vuokatti. There are also bear watching tours that include transportation. WINTER FUN IN THE SUMMER Vuokatti’s ski and snowboarding tunnels are a cool option for those who love their winter and want to have a go at skiing, snowboarding or tubing in the middle of the summer. You can even make new furry friends and let huskies pull you into a snowy adventure while the sun is shining outside! BOOK YOUR SUMMER GETAWAY NOW.
There are several national parks in the vicinity of Vuokatti. FLY TO VUOKATTI! The nearest airport is in Kajaani, 40 km from Vuokatti. The flight time from Helsinki is 1 h 20 min.
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F la vours o f t he Nort h The Finnish summer tastes of seasonal veggies and foraged delicacies.
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Being a vegetarian is easier than ever with many restaurants adding meat-free options to their menus. Trending big time this summer are veggie burgers. Rumour has it that the Brooklyn 3.0 – a light yet crispy brioche filled with a juicy soy patty, vegan cheese, mayo – at Social Burgerjoint is the best plant-based option around. Others swear by Beyond Meat, a pea protein meat alternative served at Bun2Bun vegan eateries.
edible berry varieties grow in Finnish forests.
D I D YO U KNOW? B a c k i n t h e d a y, s p r u c e sprouts were used as a n a t u r a l re m e d y. N ow t h e aromatic buds are enjoying a comeback in the form of spruce-sprout cappuccinos.
MUSHROOM BOOM Mushroom season in Finland starts in May and lasts until late autumn. A great way to learn about picking and handling mushrooms is to take a guided foraging hike.
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TA S T E S OF THE SUMMER Summer is the time to enjoy the season’s ingredients fresh from the garden. The best place to find crunchy radishes, tomatoes, green peas, and juicy strawberries is the local market square. For a classic dish with a twist head to Helsinki restaurant Chapter where traditional summer soup is made with new potatoes, roasted carrots, grilled leek, fresh peas, cauliflower, and garnished with herbs picked straight from the restaurant’s urban backyard plot.
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D a i nty d esi g n Design destinations beckon outside the capital region.
P R O D U C E D B Y F O K U S M E D I A F I N L A N D , ILLUSTRATION NOORA KUUSELA, PHOTO JULIA KIVELÄ / VISIT FINLAND
ICONIC ESCAPE Villa Mairea, a residential b uilding designed by Finnish architects Alvar and Aino Aalto for their friends Maire and Harry Gullichsen, celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The experimental exterior is considered a masterpiece in 20th-century architecture. And the interior reveals a playful composition of art and design collected from all over the world.
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ARTISAN APPEAL Fiskars is one of the remaining artisan villages where contemporary craftsmanship still thrives. Located about an hour’s drive from Helsinki, local artists, craftspeople, and restaurants put up exhibitions and events throughout the summer. Mathildedal in the southwest archipelago is another great destination for authentic artisan shops and cafés; while the glass museum in Nuutajärvi celebrates local glass art from past to present.
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D I A RY FOR ART LOVERS Get inspired by the best of contemporary art.
30 YEARS OF SALMELA The summer exhibition at Art Centre Salmela is one of the biggest in Finland. This year’s anniversary programme mixes renowned masters with new talent. June 8 – August 11
ARCTIC EXPRESSION The Young Arctic Artists 2019 exhibition in Rovaniemi’s Gallery Napa fosters emerging contemporary art from the northern areas. June 5 – July 31
ART AND DESTRUCTION Nearly 200 artworks from 21 Finnish artists form an exhibition titled The Picture Book that takes over the former municipal building of Nastola. June 12 – August 18
True or False? The magical land of Kuusamo in Finland is ripe with unspoiled nature that inspires summer adventurers. But don’t believe everything you hear.
In Kuusamo there are untamed rivers, exotic wildlife, and enchanted forests just waiting to be explored. It’s a place of mystery, an outdoor wonderland of mythical proportions. How about these popularly held myths about northern F inland, are they based on fact or fiction?
The sun never sets during the summer true
The midnight sun is real. For a few weeks around midsummer you can experience the nightless night with endless sunshine. Go hiking, biking, paddling, or do anything anytime 24/7. You can leave your flashlights and lanterns at home.
Finnish people are awfully serious true
Finns give you plenty of personal space, but once the ice is broken you’ll find them to have a dry sense of humour. As proof, witness some of the place names like Tyrävaara (Hernia Mountain), Murtovaara (Burglary Mountain), or Viinamäki (Booze Hill).
Polar bears roam the great north true
But there are lots of big brown bears as well as other exotic creatures like wolves, wolverines, and lynxes. You can especially observe and photograph brown bears in their natural habitat from the safety of well-equipped hides with local guides on hand.
Saunas are more common than cars true
Finns love their saunas (there’s one for every three people in the country) and in this sparsely populated city, saunas seem more common than cars. So throw off your cares and try a real Finnish sauna. You’ll find them everywhere.
Summer up north is sleepy and boring true
Immerse yourself in adrenalineraising activities like white water rafting. Go on safari with an ATV or a SxS buggy with a buddy. Find the flow on first-rate mountain bike trails. Backpack through jaw-dropping scenery in the five nearby national parks.
Just a stone’s throw from the Helsinki metropolitan area, there’s a place where urban culture and pure nature meet. Cherry-pick the best parts of Nordic lifestyle – closeness of clean and calming nature, serene way of living and modern northern culture. Welcome to Lahti Region.
毗邻赫尔辛基都市圈，尽览优山胜水。 甄选北欧风土，邂逅极简生活。 欢迎您来到拉赫蒂。
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L an d o f L a k e s P R O D U C E D B Y F O K U S M E D I A F I N L A N D , ILLUSTRATIONS NOORA KUUSELA, PHOTOS JULIA KIVELÄ AND JUSSI HELLSTEN / VISIT FINLAND
There are many ways to enjoy a Finnish summer n e a r w a t e r.
COMEBACK B O AT
Traditional row boats are predicted to be the hit of the summer. Töölönlahti near Helsinki centre, Nuuksio N ational Park, and Vuosaari are just several of the locations that offer rentals. A sturdy wooden boat can carry up to three people.
D I D YO U KNOW? FINLAND IS D O T T E D W I T H 188,000 LAKES FILLED WITH CLEAN AND CLEAR WAT E R . I T ’ S N O WONDER WILD SWIMMING IS SO COMMON HERE.
The Helsinki archipelago comprises more than 300 islands, providing a quick getaway from the city. The easiest way to take in the most popular ones is to buy a ticket that allows access to three different islands. Explore the historic sights on the fortress of Suomenlinna, enjoy lunch on the small island of Lonna, and then spend an afternoon hiking the wild and wonderful Vallisaari.
SPRING MAGIC In 2016 a nature documentary titled “Tale of a Lake” brought attention to a natural spring so magical that it attracted so many people that an observation deck was needed to preserve the area. Kiikunlähde can be found 100 kilometres north from Helsinki and it’s little wonder it has become a social media attraction – the turquoise water sparkles in the sun in such a fairytale-like way that it’s hard to resist taking a photo.
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WHEELS ON FIRE Spring is the time for getting mobile.
What a dish!
OIVA TURNS TEN is Finnish for “bang-on” −a perfect title for the classic range of tableware designed in 2009 for Marimekko by Sami Ruotsalainen. The designer will celebrate the milestone by drinking a toast from one of the timeless mugs which go so beautifully with Marimekko’s bold prints and colours. “It’s heartwarming to see Oiva play such a big role in people’s everyday lives. I love to scroll Instagram and find out where different members of the Oiva family live today,” says Ruotsalainen. A wide selection of Oiva tableware is available through the Finnair Shop.
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MAMA BEAR WISDOM Sci-fi, fantasy, and Finnish bear mythology make up a delicious cocktail in OKSI, a highly original graphic novel by Mari Ahokoivu. The book tells the story of a mother bear and her cubs – especially about her bond with a strange cub that looks more like a flame than a bear. In Finnish with English subtitles.
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Look fresh as a forest after a spring shower in a shamrock raincoat from Lithuania. €240
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Serve afternoon (green) tea on a lush floral platter by flora & laura. €49
Soothing green is the colour of hope, health, and fresh growth after the grey winter months.
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Graff (left) will co-exhibit with Finnish artist duo nabbteeri and Sweden’s Ingela Ihrman in the Nordic Pavilion.
CABINETS OF INFLAMMATION Ane Graff takes a scary look at how toxins are destroying the silent friends we cannot live without: the bacteria in our bodies. W H E RE D O E S YO U R
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“I think it intuitively makes sense for artists to think in a processoriented, relational way. For me this piqued my interest in learning more about ecology.”
“I try to talk about the interconnectivity of the physical world. For me, this is a very emotional work dealing with how our bodies are affected by pollution and industrial production, and how we are losing some of our companion species, namely the bacteria that live on and with us. All of this promotes disease and changes our bodies.”
PHOTO PIRJE MYKKÄNEN / FINNISH NATIONAL GA
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“I try to make my works function on as many levels as possible. The first layer is the visual appeal, and then there are more layers to peel back for those who are interested. My works are research-based, but it’s important to me that they have immediate visual appeal and a generous, open feel to them.”
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W H AT PL AC E I N S PI R E S YO U ? “Bodø in the north of Norway, where I was born, and the Lofoten Islands, where I spent my early childhood. It’s a great place to come back to and just breathe in the ocean.”
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Rediscovering our roots Could reconnecting with nature actually boost our wellbeing? TEXT KATJA PANTZAR ILLUSTRATION ANJA REPONEN
n our modern world, many people travel from one screen at home to another screen at work. Though we may take time out to exercise at the gym, where we often gaze at another set of screens, most of us lack a deep connection to nature despite being aware of the benefits. As such, it should come as little surprise that one of the top wellness trends for 2019 is human rewilding, which offers up an organic alternative to the tech-driven, numbers-obsessed bio-hacking trend of recent years. First coined by American environmentalist Dave Foreman in the 1990s, the term “rewilding” originally referred to restoring natural environments that have been neglected or destroyed. More recently, human rewilding has surfaced. And in human terms, this means returning to a more natural state and spending time in nature, as well as moving, resting, and eating in conjunction with circadian rhythms – without relying on apps that tell us what to do and when to do it. “Human rewilding brings us back to a more primal world-view where we are interconnected with everything and the world is filled with wonder,” says Kenton Whitman, who co-founded ReWild University in the woods of Wisconsin in the US with his wife Rebecca Whitman 12 years ago. ReWildU, as it’s known, offers everything from four-month forest immersion programmes to weekend-long workshops and online courses. Whitman says that human rewilding is the key to regaining our sense of self that comes from our connection with Mother Earth.
“We’ve made incredible advances with our technology, yet at the same time we’ve left behind many things that our ancestors enjoyed,” he says. “Some are very tangible, such as a lack of the stress-related illnesses so prevalent in our modern world,” says Whitman.
GREEN THERAPY Ample studies have shown that simply being present in nature has powerful positive effects on our immune systems, stress levels, and moods, says Whitman. “Nature also brings us in touch with elements of our selves that we otherwise might not experience. It creates opportunities for adventure, for mindfulness, and for personal challenges,” he says. The students at ReWildU often get to experience days or weeks of intense mosquito activity. If they resist, they will suffer. But if they surrender to the experience, they discover an inner resilience that not only makes the mosquitoes much less annoying but translates into a new way of encountering life once they return to the modern world, explains Whitman. “For example, if your boss is yelling at you, it no longer stresses you out. You’ve learned to find relaxation being assaulted by tens of thousands of mosquitoes, and that’s much worse than anything your boss can dish out,” he says. ReWildU was initially started for at-risk youth who were battling drug addiction. Over the years, the programme was opened up to everyone. These days, people from all walks of life and from all over the world travel to ReWildU. >
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Destination Tampere Region – Full of culture, next to nature Lovely lakeland
Ready for action
Tampere is a vibrant lakeland city. There are 200 beautiful lakes, where you can paddle, fish, cruise or swim. Nature is an essential part of the cityscape in Tampere: the lakeside starts from the city centre, and so do the forests. Nature is close everywhere you turn, and it effects the residents – happy outdoor people live here!
Tampere offers globally interesting settings for conferences and corporate events, as well as for large-scale sports and cultural events. 4 million event-goers visit Tampere each year and that number is set to rise in 2021, with the completion of Finland’s largest multipurpose arena. Tampere is also applying to become the European Capital of Culture 2026.
Half an hour’s drive from Tampere and you are in the beautiful and peaceful Finnish countryside. Enjoy the tranquil woods, glistening waters and fresh forest berries of Hämeenkyrö, go on an active adventure on Sastamala’s Devil’s Mountain, or wonder at the unique exhibitions in the awardwinning Serlachius Museums in Mänttä-Vilppula.
Photo: Serlachius Museums / Olli Huttunen
“We’ve had video game designers who ‘made it to the top’ and then decided to give everything up for a life in nature. We’ve had teens coming out of high school, people in their fifties trying to regain a sense of health and wellbeing, and families with children. We’ve had people pulling in six figure incomes, and homeless veterans,” says Whitman.
HOPE FOR NATURE British writer George Monbiot, who is known for his environmentalism and political activism, has penned many columns and a book about rewilding. In his 2013 book Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life, he writes that, “Rewilding is not about abandoning civilisation but about enhancing it. It is to ‘love not man the less, but Nature more.’” Monbiot’s words remind us why it’s not possible to discuss human rewilding without looking at its source, which is about restoring an area of land to its natural uncultivated state. Successful rewilding projects include the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone Park in the US, tree restoration in Glen Moriston, Scotland, and an on-going project in Jukajoki, Finland, where a heavily damaged catchment area in the country’s north is home to state-
of-the-art ecological restoration that includes an internationally recognised wetland and a bird habitat. “It’s important to repair damaged ecosystems because so much has already been lost in Europe and Finland,” says Aino Tuominen, the founder of Rewilding Finland. “If we want to protect biodiversity and stop the extinction wave, it’s not enough to protect existing small patches, but larger areas need to be returned to a natural state. Climate change increases the pressure on wild nature and threatens biodiversity. Having more diverse natural areas will help nature to adapt to the rapid change,” she says. Rewilding Finland, which is part of Rewilding Europe, aims to rebuild nature’s own processes such as maintaining meadows and pastures and protecting threatened species such as wild forest reindeer, muskox, and the iconic wisent. And while taking care of the nature around us is crucial in itself, it also directly benefits us humans. “The health of the river directly impacts the water we drink, the health of the air directly impacts each breath we take, and the health of our local ecosystems directly effects our ability to enjoy the benefits of spending time in nature,” sums up Kenton Whitman of ReWild University.
WE COMBAT ANIMAL DISEASES TOGETHER! We want to prevent serious animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever and African swine fever from spreading to Finland. These and other animal diseases can be transmitted from one country to another by animals or by meat and dairy products even if they are packed for personal consumption or intended as gifts. Travelers like you play an important role in preventing the spread of animal diseases.
Donâ€™t bring meat, meat products, milk and dairy products from non-EU countries to Finland! A ban on personal imports applies to meat and dairy products brought into Finland by travelers or ordered and sent through the post. The ban applies to foodstuffs intended for personal consumption or as gifts and to pet foods. If you have food products of animal origin with you, throw them in a waste container in the point of entry or contact Customs! Outside the EU, African swine fever has been detected in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, China, Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and in several African countries for instance. Although not dangerous to humans, the disease is deadly to pigs and keeps spreading from country to country if not stopped.
Bringing meat-containing products as presents and for personal use from an EU country to Finland At the moment, there are EU countries with cases of African swine fever. In those countries there are restriction areas and, as a rule, pork or wild boar meat or products containing these meats may not be imported from these areas into Finland. Import is allowed only under very strict criteria controlled by local authorities. However, the sales of these meat products within the country may be allowed. In the EU, the disease has been detected in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Belgium and Italy (Sardinia) for instance. It is difficult for travelers to know and prove from which area meat products originate and whether the products on sale meet all criteria. This is the reason why we recommend that people avoid importing any meat products containing pork or wild boar meat as presents or for personal use from countries with African swine fever. PLEASE NOTE! Never leave any food waste or scraps in the environment or places where they may be eaten by wildlife. Never give food waste or scraps to production animals or to pet pigs.
Thank you for helping us to prevent the spread of animal diseases. We wish you a pleasant journey! More information on private import:
Globetrotter On the road with travelling creatives
Calming down with a view over Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada.
Climbing the Svínafellsjökull Glacier in Iceland.
Spotting toucans from our hot tub in Costa Rica.
Enjoying the historical architecture of Valleta, Malta.
Merry and bright Blogger couple Karl & Daan travel the world looking for gay-friendly places. W H AT I NSPI R E D YOU TO STAR T
We hope to inspire people to travel the world like we do: open-minded, respectful, and with a happy heart.
PHOTOS KARL KRAUSE, DAAN COLIJN
A G AY TRAVE L B LOG?
DAA N CO L I J N & KA R L K RAU S E are a
Dutch-German travel blogger couple based in Amsterdam whose blog is about the life of two men in love, travelling the world together. coupleofmen.com
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR L OCA-
Most important is the wow moment when you find a gorgeous destination! And then we check how safe and gay-friendly the place is.
T I O N S?
We love the respect that is so deeply engraved in Japanese culture next to all the quirky things. HOW D O YOU R E L AX ON THE G O?
We always try to combine urban gay life with outdoor adventures. Activities like white water rafting can truly calm you down. ANY TI PS FOR THE UPCOMI NG
This year will be a great rainbow year with World Pride in New York and EuroPride in Vienna.
PR I D E SE ASON? W H AT’S YOUR AL L-TI ME FAVO UR I TE D E STI NATI ON? Japan will always be one of our favourites.
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Fly with the brighter alliance. Welcome to oneworld®, an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to over 1,000 destinations around the world. It’s the smartest way to travel and make your connections to more than 150 countries worldwide. When you are eligible for priority boarding on any oneworld member airline, you have it on all member airlines. It’s one of the many beneﬁts available to you as a Finnair Plus Gold or Platinum member, no matter which cabin you’re ﬂying. Learn more about how you can travel bright at oneworld.com.
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Earn and redeem Finnair Plus points on all oneworld member airlines Earn Tier points on all eligible oneworld ﬂights Access to Business Class priority check-in Priority on waitlists and when on standby Access to preferred or pre-reserved seating Access to Business Class lounges Priority boarding Extra baggage allowance Priority baggage handling Access to First Class priority check-in Access to First Class lounges Fast track at security lanes Access to preferred or pre-reserved seating is in accordance with the individual policy of the oneworld member airline operating the ﬂight. First and business class check-in desks and lounges are not available at all airports. Fast track is not available at all airports. Priority baggage handling is not available on ﬂights operated by British Airways. Extra baggage allowance beneﬁts differ for Sapphire and Emerald level members. oneworld beneﬁts are available only to passengers on scheduled ﬂights that are both marketed and operated by a oneworld member airline (marketed means that there must be a oneworld member airline’s ﬂight number on your ticket). American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Paciﬁc, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, SriLankan Airlines and oneworld are trademarks of their respective companies. LATAM Airlines (Paraguay) is currently not a part of oneworld. Some limitations and exceptions may apply. For more information, visit www.oneworld.com/beneﬁts. Fiji Airways is a oneworld connect partner which provides select alliance beneﬁts to oneworld members. For more information, visit www.oneworld.com/oneworld-connect.
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KOE AINUTLAATUISET KOHTEET Finnair Holidays vie sinut maailman kiehtovimpiin kohteisiin, jotka hurmaavat ensivierailulla ja lumoavat kerta toisensa jälkeen. Finnair Holidays -matkat sisältävät aina lennot ja sinulle valitut hotellit. Saat nämä ja kolminkertaiset Finnair Plus-pisteet. Lähde esimerkiksi Balille, Honoluluun, Whistleriin tai New Yorkiin: katso kaikki kohteet finnair.fi/holidays
World of Finnair Highlights of the month
St. Petersburg MAGICAL REALISM
Once the capital of imperial Russia, St. Petersburg has preserved its grandeur while still embracing a modern city vibe. The arrival of spring unveils the best settings for discovering the cityâ€™s majestic gardens, decorative architecture, and constantly evolving food scene. As a maritime city, it never gets really cold so meander along the network of rivers and canals to experience the poetic charm of St. Petersburg in bloom.
Finnair flies to St. Petersburg (LED) four times a day.
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HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY NEW YORK It’s time to celebrate half a decade of big city memories – we opened our New York route 50 years ago. Today, we ﬂy directly to New York and four other destinations in the United States.
Book your ﬂights at ﬁnnair.com
World of Finnair Highlights of the month
Nordic appeal FINNAIR E X PAN DS its network in the Nordics and opens a new year-round route to Trondheim in June 2019. The route is operated by Norwegian regional airline Wideroe five days a week, with flights sold and marketed by Finnair. Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, is known for its breath-taking scenery and excellent opportunities for nature activities.
Call for action
“The Nordics is an attractive destination, especially for our Asian customers,” says Christian Lesjak, Senior Vice President, Network and Resource Management. “Our new route offers the region excellent opportunities to grow as a travel destination, and connects the region’s travellers to our vast network of destinations in Europe and Asia,” he says.
I N AL I G NME NT with the UN Women’s global goal to achieve gender equality and female empowerment, UN Women focuses on ensuring all women secure lives free from all forms of violence in Vietnam. To observe this in action, Finnair offered a group of Finnair Plus members a chance to visit Ho Chi Minh City. During the three-day trip participants learned more about the initiatives undertaken by UN Women Vietnam.
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We fly to #LosAngeles with three weekly flights as of March 31 with our A350 aircraft!
This summer season, we have a record number of 41 weekly flights to Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.
April Fool’s! Window washing is a common Finnish springtime activity after the long winter.
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FI NNAI R CHAT Finnair Live chat is available on weekdays 7 am to 10 pm, on Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm, and on Sundays 10 am to 10 pm (Finnish time).
chatbot, affectionately known as Finn, who is ready to help plan your journey via Finnair’s global Facebook Messenger account. ME E T FI NNAI R ’S
FI NNAI R APP Tap your way through your journey. Log in with your last name and booking reference or your Finnair Plus username and password.
WITH A MODERN FLEET, extensive route network, and
world-class service, Finnair offers a comfortable and convenient way to travel. Finnair is one of the world’s oldest airlines. Since then, the company has grown from a small carrier to one that is a respected member of the international airline industry. Finnair’s route network includes 20 destinations in Asia, eight in the Americas, and 100 in Europe. In ESTAB L IS H E D IN 1 923 ,
2018, Finnair carried over 13 m illion passengers. And during the 2019 summer season, Finnair will operate 104 flights a week to Asia, of which 42 flights are to China and 41 flights are to Japan. Finnair’s modern and ecofriendly fleet consists of over 60 aircraft, most of which are Airbuses.
All Finnair A330 and A350 aircraft offer an internet connection. SKY HI G H W I - FI
Scan and follow Finnair’s official WeChat account.
TIPS FOR A SMOOTH TAKEOFF
Pack too much? Avoid excess baggage fees by paying in advance for extra allowance at special pre-paid prices directly from finnair.com.
Before your flight
Self-service bag drop
There’s a lot going on at Helsinki Airport and the construction is a nuisance. Arrive at the airport in good time and get to know the changes beforehand.
Print your bag tag at the self-service kiosk, go to the self-service bag drop, scan your bag tag, and send your bag through.
Finnair can do the check-in for you and send your boarding pass to your mobile phone. Just add your phone number to your Finnair Plus profile.
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Finnair Plus membership THE FINNAIR PLUS program allows
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you to earn both tier points and award points when travelling with Finnair or a oneworld airline and award points from services provided by Finnair Plus partners.
A WORLD OF BENEFITS for free by filling in the form online at finnair.com/plus. As a Plus member, you get access to valuable benefits and rewards. Earn points for flights and services and use them both at home and abroad. You can use your Finnair Plus award points for additional Finnair services such as seat selection, J O IN FINNAIR PLU S
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meals, and extra baggage payments. The number of points you pay depends on your flight and the chosen service. You can pay for travel extras at the time you book your reservation or later through the Manage Booking tab. Go to finnairshop.com to find Finnair gift cards, partner services, and award vouchers.
As a Finnair Plus member, earn Finnair Plus points for your hotel stay booked via booking.com. Every euro spent earns you a Finnair Plus point. From May 1-31 earn double points! Please remember to add your Finnair Plus member number to your booking. finnairshop.com
Less is more when using award points for additional Finnair services. As a Finnair Plus member, you can now buy off-peak lounge access with less points to any Finnair Lounge in H elsinki Airport for just 12,000 Finnair Plus points. Stay tuned for the opening of the renewed Finnair Lounge in the non-Schengen area situated near gate 50. finnair.com/plus
Earn while you drive Enjoy your next drive with Europcar and earn up to 2,000 points. In addition, Finnair Plus members receive up to a 15% discount. This offer is valid on rentals between May 1–June 30. finnairshop.com
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4 easy ways to shop Find the best deals on tax-free products and enjoy special Finnair Plus offers at finnairshop.com
Home delivery Use Finnair Plus points to shop for products delivered directly to your home.
Onboard Shop online via your own mobile device during the flight using the complimentary Nordic Sky portal.
Use Finnair Plus points to redeem a voucher for restaurants, hotel stays, car rentals, and much more.
Pre-order online before your Finnair flight: finnairshop.com.
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MAY-JUNE PROMOTION Receive a 20% discount on all pre-order purchases from May 1–7 and from May 31-June 30. Receive a 20% discount on all onboard purchases from May 1-7 and from June 17-30. Please visit finnairshop.com, check the catalogue in the seat pocket, or ask a cabin crew member for more information.
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Find the perfect gift or exclusive souvenir from finnairshop.com.
OFFER ACQUA D I PAR MA FRAG RANCE SE T
The Colonia Essential set is perfect for on-thego travel, 100+20 ml. Pre-order € 119
SCAND I C HOTE L S
Use a combination of money and points to redeem an award voucher for one-night accommodation at any Scandic hotel. € 60 + 5,000 P EXC LU S I V E R OS É C H A M PAG N E
Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve is a delicately nuanced champagne bursting with summer flavour.
MOPHIE CHA RGER
Take the convenience of wireless charging with you. Home delivery € 59 +1.000 P
M AGISS O V IS IB IL ITY B OTTL E
This reflective thermos keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Pre-order €2 5
KÄRC HER K2 WASHER MAKI A X MOOMI N MUG
A classic enamel Muurla mug with original artwork from Tove Jansson. Pre-order € 13
Mobile full power washer with highpressure hose. Home delivery € 79
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World of Finnair Flying stories
Flying stories IT’S THE CUSTOMERS who make Finnair
and that’s why we’ve dedicated this page to your travel stories.
SHAR E YOUR Finnair
moments on Instagram! Use #feelfinnair, if you want to be featured.
Meet the frequent flyer.
TI I NA VÄHÄL Ä
Finnair Plus member from Finland hannamiam Still deeply in love with you NYC! #manhattan #newyork #spring
tuiremelander The empty quarter between UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. #desertride
FI NNAI R PLUS TI ER
Platinum W HI CH FI NNAI R PLUS B E NE FI T D O YOU U SE MOST?
Since I’m usually running late, the Priority Lane at security control makes life easier. If I do have extra time, I head off to the Finnair Lounge. HOW D O YOU STAY B USY ONB OAR D?
I always fall asleep. NE X T D E STI NATI ON ?
marirouvi Back in Japan. Hanami x aviation geek in Narita. #loveit #hanami #sakura #cherryblossom #feelfinnair
nyponholm Beautiful houses of Corralejo. #corralejo #fuerteventura #feelfinnair #streetlife
TAKING PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ONBOARD your travel experience? The use of small cameras or mobile devices for photography and video to capture your own travel moments is welcome onboard Finnair flights. Please respect the privacy of others onboard, and always ask the WANT TO S H A R E
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crew and your fellow passengers for their consent before including them in your memories. Please follow crew instructions: crew members can prohibit photography or video if it disturbs other customers or the crew’s work, or causes a safety concern.
Oulu, Finland, I’m heading back home. FAVOUR I TE D E STI NATION ?
Lisbon, Portugal. It’s a gorgeous city and the flight time (from Helsinki) is quite reasonable. W HAT I TE MS COUL D YOU NOT TRAVE L W I THOUT ?
Phone and wallet are a given, of course. I never leave home without some painkillers and a scarf, since it gets really chilly on the plane.
World of Finnair Nordic kitchen
3 ways to a tasty meal Fancy a snack onboard? Finnair offers a wide selection of seasonal and healthy options that are inspired by the untouched Nordic nature and its pure flavours.
Pre-order You can choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, breakfast, or dinner by pre-ordering.
Onboard The onboard menu includes a selection of tasty snacks, sweets, and beverages to mix and match.
Complimentary Complimentary coffee, tea, water, and Finnair’s signature blueberry juice are served on Finnair flights. Complimentary meals are served on all intercontinental flights.
Business Class Swedish top chef Tommy Myllymäki’s Summer Menu emphasises the fresh flavours that bring out the best of the Nordic season.
Pick of the month Check out our delicious fresh pre-order products with new packaging! Available on northern Finland and central and southern European flights. Remember to pre-order up to 7 hours before departure.
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World of Finnair Wellness & comfort
3X TIPS FOR CABIN COMFORT
It is recommended to drink 1-2 decilitres of water every hour. If possible, minimise the amount of tea, coffee, and alcohol you drink.
The Finnair A350 combines the latest technology with advanced passenger comfort features to help you rediscover the thrill of flying. An advanced HEPA filtering system changes the cabin air every two to three minutes ensuring comfort and health for all passengers. Large windows let natural light flow into the cabin and LED technology emits lighting and colours that are customised to fit the time of day, destination, or season. The noise level is 16 decibels below the standard requirement, so resting and relaxing while onboard is easy.
GET SOME SLEEP
The best way to tune out is to wear an eye mask and ear plugs. Keep warm, too – have a jacket or blanket handy in case you need it.
2X COMFORTABLE UPGRADES NORDIC BUSINESS CLASS Finnair’s Business Class seats let you fully recline on your intercontinental flight. The seats transform into a 200 cm (6’6”) horizontal bed, so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.
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ECONOMY COMFORT Finnair’s Economy Comfort seating in the front of the Economy Class cabin makes intercontinental travel even more pleasurable with 8–13 cm (3–5 inches) more legroom.
Try to bring something to snack on. Fruit and veggies are always a great healthy option. And remember to wear comfortable clothing.
World of Finnair Flight mode
Stay connected THE NORDIC SKY portal is available on all inter-
continental flights and most European flights, and gives you access to news, destination information, and Finnair services. You can use the portal to connect your own devices to the internet.
HOW TO GET STARTED
1 Join the Wi-Fi network Nordic Sky
3 Start exploring at nordic-sky. finnair.com
urn your T device to flight mode and enable Wi-Fi
3H 12 H
2 Open the browser of your choice
YOUR TRAVEL COMPANION
BROWSE 4.95€ STREAM 9.95€ BROWSE 6.95€ STREAM 12.95€
WHAT’S PLAYING THE MUL E
Earl Stone is in his 80s; broke and alone, when he’s offered a job as a drug mule for a Mexican cartel.
Arthur Curry, the humanborn heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land. D E STR OYE R
LOOKING FOR A READ? Choose RE AD IN G to access all magazines available on the Nordic Sky portal.
Get boarding passes, book flights and travel extras, view your Finnair Plus balance, and much more with the Finnair app. The app supports your Finnair journey all the way from home to your destination and back!
Detective Erin Bell went undercover to infiltrate a gang led by the terrifying Silas.
THE KI D W HO WOULD B E KI NG
Alex thinks he’s another nobody, until he stumbles on the Sword in the Stone, Excalibur.
YOUNG SHE L D ON
This single-camera comedy gives us the chance to meet Sheldon Cooper in childhood.
THI S I S US
Sometimes life will surprise you. A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles, and their wonderful parents.
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World of Finnair Staff tips
Enjoying the Helsinki skyline.
Island fortress of Suomenlinna
A coffee break by the sea.
A chilly cocktail keeps it cool in the summer.
Savour the summer S H O RE L INE S C EN ERY
For me the best thing about summertime in Helsinki is definitely the sea. Head to the Eira district where you can find restaurants and cafés serving cocktails, coffee, and food. Everything tastes better with a bit of sea and sun. IS L AND ADV EN T U R E
Pick up a coffee-to-go and stroll through Esplanade Park all the way to Market Square. You should definitely try fried vendace (“muikkut”) and Finnish
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pancakes (“lätty”). From here you can take a ferry to the island fortress of Suomenlinna where you’ll find more restaurants and the island’s own brewery. S HOR T AND SW E E T
Summer is short so we make the most of it. The season is packed with music festivals and all kinds of events around the city. To keep up with everything, check out myhelsinki.fi. And if you are looking for a nice restaurant eat.fi provides some great tips.
JE NNA MANSI KKA
is a Finnair cabin crew member who is also a bartender, and a food and cocktail enthusiast. She loves the Finnish summer − eating and drinking outside. mansikkaj
PHOTOS JENNA MANSIKKA, ISTOCK
Finnair cabin crew member Jenna Mansikka shares three ways to spend a summer day in the Finnish capital.
World of Finnair Holiday sampler
Experience more with Finnair
TOP 3 CITY BREAKS Pack your bags and choose one of these southern European holiday destinations at aurinkomatkat.fi (Available in Finnish).
L I SB ON. Stroll the old-world quarter of Alfama while indulging in all the tempting cuisines on offer in the Portuguese capital.
EXPLORE FINNAIR HOLIDAYS Busy markets, trendy bars, and gorgeous parks make this Catalonia city ideal for a weekend getaway - or even longer!
B AR CE LONA.
FINNAIR HOLIDAYS takes you straight to where the best
stories are born. Flights, hotel, experiences, and triple Finnair Plus points can now be found from one place. Finnair Holidays is available in Estonia, Finland, and Sweden. Find your story at finnair.com/holidays.
Over 100 destinations
Entire trip from one place
Triple Finnair Plus points
Finnair Holidays opens the door to the most intriguing places in the world. The story of a lifetime awaits!
Pick a set combination or tailor your own trip: flights, hotels, and experiences all in one place.
Every euro you use for your Finnair Holidays trip will gain you three Finnair Plus tier and award points.
R OME . Uncover the history and charm of the Eternal City. For as old as the city is, there is always something new to see or do. Maybe youâ€™ll find your way to the best tiramisu.
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World of Finnair Sustainability
BETTER PLANET Finnair’s sustainability strategy is built on three principles – cleaner, caring, and collaborative.
Nordic values lead the way Each kit contains aluminium tubes of almond-coconut lip cream and a chamomile-lavender facial hydrator by L:A Bruket. The Swedish beauty brand is known for using natural, organic ingredients in its products suitable for everyone, including vegans. “Finnair and L:A Bruket are Nordic brands that value sustainability,” says David Kondo, Finnair’s head of Cabin Interior Development. “We view this as a great initiative to increase the appeal of our amenity kit. We’re also trying to connect the lounge and in-flight experience and offer organic and natural products both on the ground and in the air.”
Finnair Plus members can make point donations via finnairshop.com to • The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation • Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) • The Association of Friends of the University Children’s Hospitals • The Cancer Society of Finland • Finnish Red Cross • UNICEF Finland • Hope • UN Women
90+ YEARS AND COUNTING 1 92 3
Finnair, known as Aero, is founded
Finnair receives its first aircraft: Junkers F 13
1 9 47
Finnair air hostesses take to the skies
Helsinki irport opens A
Finnair reveals its new logo and name change
First Finnair trans-Atlantic flight to New York City
Blue Wings launches
The Finnair Plus program is introduced
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FINNAIR’S L ATE ST I N I T I AT I V E to reduce single-use plastic comes in the form of a new range of Business Class amenity kits launched this spring. The kits feature four designs by one of Finland’s most iconic brands, Marimekko, and their adoption represents one aspect of Finnair’s aim to reduce plastic waste by 4,500 kilogrammes annually. The kits are being introduced on Finnair A330 and A350 aircraft serving intercontinental routes. Environmentally friendly elements include bands made of cardboard instead of plastic, toothbrushes made from cornstarch-based bio-plastic, and ear plugs wrapped in wax paper. New Business Class slippers are made using recycled plastic bottles.
World of Finnair Fleet
AIRB U S A35 0- 9 0 0
Number 13 + 6 on order Seating capacity 297-336 Length 66.8 m Wingspan 64.75 m Cruising speed 903 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 13,000 m AIRB U S A330-3 0 0
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 AIRB U S A32 1
Number 19 Seating capacity 196–209 Length 44.5 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m
*gradual roll-out by 2019
AIRB U S A32 0
Number 10 Seating capacity 165 Length 37.6 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m
*gradual roll-out by 2019
AIRB U S A31 9
Number 8 Seating capacity 138 Length 33.8 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m
*gradual roll-out by 2019
E M B RAE R 1 9 0
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
Operated by Norra Number 12 Seating capacity 68/72 Length 27 m Wingspan 27 m Cruising speed 463 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 7,620 m
Finnair’s website launches
Finnair joins oneworld alliance
Arrival of irbus A320 A
Online check-in opens
Launch of Marimekko for Finnair collection
Finnair celebrates its 90th anniversary
Arrival of irbus A350 A
Finnair celebrates its 95th anniversary
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World of Finnair Airport info
Welcome to Helsinki Airport 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 desks in T2.
Fly the short northern route FLY VIA HELSINKI and take the most direct route between Europe and Asia. Thanks to Helsinkiâ€™s location, Finnairâ€™s northern route is a geographically convenient way between Europe and Asia. The northern route also offers competitive travel times to destinations in the US from many European cities. The Helsinki Airport is efficient, compact, and easy to navigate, making it ideal for transferring between Europe, Asia, and the US with short transfer times.
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HE L SI NKI AI R POR T has 35 automated border control gates for travellers flying to or from destinations outside of the Schengen area. Fifteen are located in the departure hall; 15 are located in the upstairs arrival hall; another five are available in the downstairs arrival hall (for EU/EEA/CH citizens only). Passengers from the EU, EEA, CH, Japan, and South Korea with biometric passports can use the automated border control gates. Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and U.S. citizens with biometric passports may use the automated border control upon departure only. All other nationalities must use the manned border control booths in the departure and arrival halls. Those passengers travelling with infants, baggage trolleys, or wheelchairs must use the manual control lane.
World of Finnair Airport info
FINNAIR CITY BUS
TRANSFER SERVICE 3
to the Helsinki Railway Station leaves from platform 10 at T2 every 20 minutes. Travel time is approx. 30 minutes. €6.90 THE RING RAIL LINE
connects Helsinki Airport to downtown Helsinki via train. There is direct access from the corridor between T1 and T2. TAXI RANK
BUS GATES 51 A–D
FINNAIR LOUNGE, FINNAIR PREMIUM LOUNGE
39AB BUS GATES 50 A–M
36AB Security check
37AB TRANSFER SERVICE 2
33 Passport control
31A–31E 32 30
CHECK IN 101–114
Helsinki Airport offers free Wi-Fi throughout the airport. PLAYROOM
Children’s playrooms offer toys, videos, and baby care facilities. WATER DISPENSER
Passengers can refill their water bottles with drinking water free of charge.
FINNAIR CHECK-IN + SERVICEFINNAIR 201–229 CHECKIN
Agency-specific price information is available in front of the terminals on the information screens.
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World of Finnair
Domestic and European destinations Russia
Iceland Kittilä Rovaniemi
Finnair Destinations New Finnair Destinations 2019/2020
Norway Oslo Bergen
United Kingdom London
Netherlands Brussels Germany Düsseldorf Belgium Paris
Saint Petersburg Tallinn Estonia Tartu Latvia Riga
Denmark Billund Manchester
Finland Kokkola Kuopio Joensuu Sweden Vaasa Jyväskylä Tampere Turku Helsinki Mariehamn
Ivalo 931 01:35 Joensuu 360 01:00 Jyväskylä 235 00:50 Kajaani 464 01:20 Kemi/Tornio 609 01:35 Kittilä 823 01:25 Kokkola/Pietarsaari 391 01:10 Kuopio 335 01:00 Kuusamo 667 01:15 Mariehamn 282 00:55 Oulu 514 01:05 Rovaniemi 697 01:20 Tampere 143 00:35 Turku 150 00:35 Vaasa 348 00:55
Kraków Prague Frankfurt Czech Republic Stuttgart Vienna Salzburg Zurich Munich
France Geneva Budapest Innsbruck Austria Hungary Switzerland Slovenia Venice Ljubljana Verona Lyon Milan Croatia Pula Bologna Nice Pisa Rimini Split Italy Dubrovnik Rome Barcelona Bordeaux
Ibiza Menorca Palma de Alicante Mallorca
Greece Skiathos Mytilene Preveza Athens Kos Zakynthos Santorini
Antalya Dalaman Alanya Cyprus Rhodes
Canary Arrecife Islands Tenerife Norte Fuerteventura Tenerife Sur Las Palmas
Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times
Paphos Israel Tel Aviv-Yafo
Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times
Alanya/Gazipasa 2722 03:45 Alicante 3034 04:25 Amsterdam 1525 02:35 Antalya 2638 03:50 Arrecife 4518 05:55 Athens 2490 03:40 Barcelona 2632 03:55 Bergen 1112 03:30 Berlin 1123 02:00 Billund 1060 01:50 Bologna 1976 03:00 Bordeaux 2417 03:30 Brussels 1651 02:40 Budapest 1481 02:20 Catania 2636 03:45 Chania 2756 03:50 Copenhagen 895 01:40 Corfu 2329 03:25 Dalaman 2639 03:40 Dublin 2030 03:10 Dubrovnik 2027 03:00 Düsseldorf 1512 02:25 Edinburgh 1717 02:40 Eilat 3457 04:45
Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times
Frankfurt 1543 02:35 Fuerteventura 4578 06:05 Funchal 4310 05:45 Gdansk 768 02:00 Geneva 1994 03:00 Gothenburg 785 01:25 Hamburg 1 172 02:00 Hannover 1278 2:15 Heraklion 2777 03:55 Ibiza 2897 04:00 Innsbruck 1701 02:35 Kazan 1521 02:30 Kos 2620 03:45 Kraków 1 186 02:00 Las Palmas 4700 06:10 Lisbon 3369 04:50 Ljubljana 1713 02:40 London 1863 03:10 Lyon 2081 03:10 Madrid 2950 04:25 Malaga 3357 04:35 Malta 2822 04:15 Manchester 1817 03:00 Menorca 2688 04:05
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Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times
Milan 1953 03:05 Minsk 734 01:15 Moscow 876 01:40 Munich 1577 02:30 Mytilene 1471 03:35 Naples 2283 03:25 Nice 2202 03:25 Oslo 766 01:30 Palma de Mallorca 2777 04:00 Paphos 2898 04:00 Paris 1900 03:05 Pisa 2093 03:20 Porto 3117 04:20 Prague 1322 02:10 Preveza 2397 03:25 Pula 1865 02:55 Reykjavik 2429 03:50 Rhodes 2668 03:45 Riga 382 00:55 Rimini 1993 03:00 Rome 2235 03:25 Saint Petersburg 301 01:00 Salzburg 1592 02:30 Samara 1698 02:35
Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times
Santorini 2660 03:40 Skiathos 2353 03:30 Split 1956 02:55 Stockholm 400 01:00 Stuttgart 1637 02:45 Tallinn 101 00:30 Tartu 245 00:50 Tel Aviv-Yafo 3230 04:25 Tenerife Norte 4691 06:10 Tenerife Sur 4745 06:10 Tromsø 1078 01:55 Umeå 459 01:20 Varna 1911 02:55 Venice 1847 02:55 Verona 1903 02:55 Vienna 1462 02:30 Vilnius 633 01:15 Visby 481 01:25 Warsaw 940 01:40 Yekaterinburg 2098 03:05 Zakynthos 2526 03:55 Zurich 1781 02:45
Winter season 2018–2019 Finnair adds flights to popular winter destinations in Lapland, including new non-stop flights from London, Paris, Tallinn, and Zurich London Gatwick – Ivalo 2 weekly flights London Gatwick – Kittilä 1 weekly flight Paris – Kittilä 1 weekly flight Tallinn – Kittilä 1 weekly flight Zurich – Kittilä 1 weekly flight
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Beijing Seoul South Korea
Chongqing Delhi Dubai United Arab Emirates
Thailand Bangkok Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Phuket
Chicago San Francisco
Bangkok 7912 09:45 Beijing 6325 07:55 Chongqing 6736 08:40 Delhi 5229 06:50 Dubai 4537 05:55 Fukuoka 8060 09:30 Guangzhou 7693 09:30 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 8510 10:50 Hong Kong 7821 09:35 Krabi 8350 10:20 Nagoya 7780 09:40 Nanjing 7165 09:35 Osaka 7751 09:30 Phuket 8312 10:05 Sapporo 8013 09:35 Seoul 7050 08:40 Shanghai 7410 09:05 Singapore 9272 11:30 Tokyo 7849 09:45 Xian 6421 07:50
Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times
Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times
Chicago Havana Los Angeles Miami New York Puerto Plata Punta Cana San Francisco
7139 09:15 8703 11:15 9016 10:35 8342 11:10 6626 08:45 8410 11:15 8404 11:05 8724 10:45
Havana Cuba Puerto Plata Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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FINLAND FACTS Nature
land covered by forests
Sovereign parliamentary republic
Monthly avg. temperatures in Helsinki (2018):
Member of EU since January 1995
elected for four-year terms
Parliament *includes land area and fresh water
land used for agriculture
the annual change in volume 2.3% *preliminary
88% speak Finnish 5.2% speak Swedish 0.04% speak Sámi
elected every six years; current president is Sauli N iinistö, who was re-elected to a second term in January 2018
Universities *incl National Defence University
of students have studied beyond basic education
Universities of applied sciences
Consumption of coffee per capita
National food: rye bread
Ice cream consumed per capita *per year
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2,300,000* saunas *estimate
overnight stays by foreign travellers
SOURCE: STATISTICS FINLAND ILLUSTRATION: ANGELINA LUZHINA
DS TUO RANSKALAISEN YLELLISYYDEN AUTOMAAILMAAN JA ARJEN KESKELLE Suomen ensimmäiseen DS-autoliikkeeseen sisään astuvaa tervehtii tunnelmallinen musiikki. Ilmassa leijuu hentona juuri DS:lle suunniteltu tuoksu myyjän tervehtiessä tulijaa ja johdatellessa hänet lempeästi peremmälle tutustumaan premium-luokan DS-autoon. Vuoden alussa saatiin vuosikymmenten tauon jälkeen ranskalainen luksusosaaminen myös automaailmaan, kun DS Automobiles lanseerasi ensimmäisen mallinsa, DS 7 Crossbackin Suomen markkinoille. Samoihin aikoihin DS avasi oman merkkimyymälän, DS Store Helsingin. Sekä auto että myymälä henkivät arvokasta tunnelmaa ja ovat täynnä ylellisiä yksityiskohtia sisustusmateriaaleista viimeisimpään teknologiaan.
”Panostamme materiaaleihin ja viimeistelyyn. Käsityötaito on tärkeässä roolissa ja materiaaleista aistii heti niiden korkealuokkaisuuden. Esimerkiksi auton istuimien nahka tulee alppialueelta niin korkealta, ettei siellä ole hyttysiä. Eli nahka on virheetöntä”, paljastaa DS Brand Manager Petri Karppinen. Estetiikan, ylellisyyden ja DS:n perinteisistä premium-merkeistä erottavan ajomukavuuden lisäksi DS 7 Crossbackista löytyy runsaasti viimeisintä teknologiaa. Asiakkaalle tarjottavan ensiluokkaisen
palvelun standardit ovat samat kaikkialla maailmassa. Tarvittaessa auto tuodaan asiakkaan luokse. ”DS on auto ihmisille, jotka arvostavat nautintoja ja hyviä asioita elämässä sekä huipputeknologiaa. Uutta epäilevien mieltä rauhoittaa pitkä 5 vuoden takuu ilman kilometrirajaa”, Karppinen toteaa. Mallisto kasvaa loppuvuodesta myös sähköversioilla sekä nelivetomallilla. LISÄTIETOJA
DS STORE HELSINKI
KAAKELIKAARI 4 01720 VANTAA (PETIKKO)
Ylellinen DS 7 Crossback on täynnä tyylikkäitä yksityiskohtia. DS Led Matrix -valaisimet tervehtivät kuljettajaa, hienostuneet turvavarusteet lisäävät tuvallisuuden lisäksi ajomukavuutta.
UUSI DS 7 CROSSBACK -MALLISTO ALK. 43 039 € SIS. TK. 600 €. CO2-PÄÄSTÖT 167 G/KM, KULUTUS 7,4 L/100 KM.