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SMART ISSUE TRENDS, DESTINATIONS AND INSIGHTS FOR TRAVELLERS

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MAY–JUNE 2017

FINLAND’S BIG

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EDITORIAL BY PEKKA VAURAMO CEO OF FINNAIR WWW.FINNAIR.COM

FOKUS MEDIA FINLAND PRODUCER Amanda Soila ART DIRECTOR Sirpa Ärmänen SUB-EDITOR Shelly Nyqvist VISUAL ASSISTANT Iris Mark EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Aino Vähälä ENGLISH EDITING Silja Kudel REPROGRAPHICS Faktor Oy COVER Pauliina Räsänen and Slava Volkov by Robert Seger BEHIND THIS ISSUE Daniel Allen, Pete Balding, Aapo Huhta, Laura Iisalo, Pasi Kemmo, Silja Kudel, Andrew Mellor, Ninarose Moaz, Ville Palonen, Laura Palotie, Mario Pampel, Katja Pantzar, Hernan Patiño, Mikko Saarainen, Robert Seger, Andrew Taylor, Rachael Vance, Jenna Vehviläinen, and Fran Weaver SUBMISSIONS bluewings@fokusmedia.fi BLUE WINGS ONLINE www.issuu.com/finnair_bluewings EDITORIAL OFFICES Hämeentie 153 C, 00560 Helsinki, Finland tel. +358 40 630 8253 firstname.lastname@fokusmedia.fi ADVERTISING SALES Jaana Lindvall-Harki tel. +358 40 582 1416 PUBLISHER Fokus Media Finland PRINTED BY Punamusta, Joensuu, Finland 2017 PAPER UPM Valor 61g Cover paper Stora Enso LumiArt 200g CIRCULATION 45,000 ISSN-0358-7703

Wishing you a great flight, Pekka Vauramo

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Experience the land of the Midnight Sun at the top of the world in Finnish Lapland, part of Europe’s last wilderness. PERTTI HARSTELA

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK www.finnair.com/feedback or by mail: Customer Relations, SL/403, FI-01053 FINNAIR. www.finnair.com, www.finnair.fi, www.finnairgroup.com

Lapland, a well-known winter destination, is also another region in Finland that has plenty to offer during the summer months as well. With its many national parks, lakes, and hiking routes just waiting to be explored, it’s the perfect getaway for those looking for adventure and untouched nature. If you’re planning your upcoming summer holiday, I highly recommend t­ aking advantage of our Stopover option and spending a few extra days in Finland when flying to one of our other destinations. With minimal planning, you can now easily visit two great destinations on your next trip – and enjoy the very best of Finland.

See Hossa, Finland’s newest national park, which comprises 11,000 hectares of pure wilderness with features including Stone Age rock art at Värikallio. EEVA MÄKINEN

FINNAIR HEAD OFFICE Tietotie 9 A, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, 1053 Finnair, Finland, tel. +358 (0)9 818 81, Postal address: P. O. Box 15, 01053 Finnair, Finland

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s we gear up for the summer, this season marks one of the busiest times of the year for us at F ­ innair. Thanks to our excellent ­network of destinations – which includes an exciting new seasonal route to San ­Francisco starting June 1 – millions of ­passengers and vacationers will travel on our flights in the coming months. I love spending time in Finland during the summer and enjoy the fantastic nature that our country has to offer. One of my favourite places is the Finnish Archipelago in the western part of the country: there are few places in the world that offer a more relaxing and peaceful setting.

FLATLIGHT FILMS

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Arja Suominen arja.suominen@finnair.com

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Visit the Finnish Archipelago, the world’s largest archipelago, with amazing opportunities for sailing, boating, fishing, and laid-back island life.

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Your gateway to Finnish design DISCOVER FINNISH DESIGN AND THE BEST SELECTION OF INTERNATIONAL FASHION WITH ICONIC BRANDS AND PRODUCTS AT OUR FLAGSHIP STORE IN CENTRAL HELSINKI – A DESTINATION YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS. Visit tourist.stockmann.com for more info. Shopping for tourists is tax free.

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Show your passport at our Visitor’s Centre on the 8th floor to receive your discount on all regular priced purchases and 5% on food at our restaurants.

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Ferries get you from island to island.

MAY–JUNE 2017 DESTINATION BIKING THE ARCHIPELAGO Take in the sights of Turku’s idyllic islands

LIFESTYLE TOP 5 NORDIC TRASH TO TRENDS Meet the designers breathing life into waste

DESTINATION THE GEM OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC Slow travel through Bohemian Paradise

DESTINATION SNAPSHOT OSLO

The organic boom hits the Norwegian capital

LIFESTYLE ARTISAN SUPERBREAD

On the table with Finland’s national rye pasttime

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Popular dives in the Baltic Sea

LIFESTYLE THE BIG ASIAN SCOOP Three instagrammable ice cream trends

DESTINATION DIVINE DISHES OF SHANGHAI A culinary guide to China’s delicious city

DESTINATION UNDERGROUND OSAKA

Drown your sorrows at the Shinka Submarine Bar Repurposed wharf from Denmark

DESTINATION TREASURE IN KUUSAMO Sustainable fishing in northern Finland

BUSINESS BEYOND SMART-TECH Rye bread is the pride of Finland.

The future of clever cities lies with their residents

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Astana World’s Fair......................11

NEWS

Heart healthy breakfasts.......... 12

NEWS

Seals, open house & design.... 14

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Global goings-on...........................16

FINNISH FAVOURITES

Sauna and summer..........................18

EVENTS

Out and about in Finland.......... 20

DESTINATION

Silence in Kittilä.............................22

FLYING STORIES

Bengt Holmström.........................24

TWO OF A KIND

Culture and cultivation.............. 26

MAKERS OF

Johanna Gullichsen.....................28 MAY–JUNE 2017

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Wrap yourself around this dish in Shanghai.

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Bohemian Paradise and Baroque architecture go hand-in-hand.

Fishing tourism awaits in northern Finland.

REGULARS

Travel Moment............................................ 8

Alexander Stubb.....................................42 Marja Makarow........................................66

Finland in figures................................ 114

FLY FINNAIR

Tips for takeoff........................................ 96 Inflight wellbeing.................................... 97 Entertainment.......................................... 98

Astana, p. 11 Finland, p. 22, 30, 54, 80 Vienna, p. 26 Czech Republic, p. 44

Oslo, p. 52 Åland, p. 63 Shanghai p. 70 Osaka, p. 74

Inflight shopping..................................... 99

Sustainability......................................... 100 Border crossings................................. 101 Helsinki Airport ................................... 102 Maps and destinations..................... 104 Fleet and My Finnair......................... 108 Finnair Plus............................................ 110 6 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

Check this month’s Finnair Plus offers on page 113


Shopping Centre Helsinki 2018 Urban Unique Entertaining Accessible Landmark REDI opens in autumn 2018 and has over 200 leasable units out of which already now over 100 have been leased out. REDI has various supermarkets, wide selection of fashion and other stores, 38 cafés and restaurants, a climbing wall, a flying centre, a 7D cinema – you name it. Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. REDI is located in eastern downtown, Kalasatama, where Helsinki is at its urban best. REDI’s area is the fastest expanding and most densely populated neighbourhood in the entire Helsinki region. REDI is expected to attract 12 million visitors in its first full year of operation.

The investors consortium and banks syndicate consists of solid and reputable financial institutions. The shares of ownership are: SRV 40 %, Ilmarinen 30 %, OP Pohjola Group 15 % and Local Tapiola Group 15 %. Lease now Completion and opening of shopping centre and parking is in Sebtember 2018. Contact Us: Pia Svensk Commercial Director / REDI Shopping Centre +358 50 389 0569 pia.svensk@srv.fi

Jonna Majanen Leasing Manager +358 45 110 8802 jonna.majanen@srv.fi Fashion & Footwear Children’s wear Sports Entertainment

Anu Hautala Specialist, Leasing +358 40 656 5051 anu.hautala@srv.fi

Kristina Bäckmark Specialist, Leasing +358 44 712 9232 kristina.backmark@srv.fi

Home & home décor Electronics Pet shops Children accessories, toys and craft shops Banks & insurance companies Art galleries & communal arenas

Accessories Underwear Cosmetics Health related products Medical centers & health services


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TRAVEL MOMENT BY PASI KEMMO

THE REAL SKY BAR LEBUA AT STATE TOWER’S Sky Bar in B ­ angkok is one of the highest rooftop bars in the world – on the 64th floor with a 360-degree panorama of the skyline. At night the lights of the city sparkle below. The dress code is smart casual – no shorts,

no sandals, no sleeveless shirts for men. Movie buffs may recognise the ­open-air bar from Hangover Part II as the movie was partly filmed there. Try their ­Hangovertini, which was created especially for the cast of the film. MAY–JUNE 2017

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AINUTLAATUISIA KOTEJA KAUPUNGIN KAUNEIMMALLA PAIKALLA Tähtitornin Flygel sijaitsee Helsingin Ullanlinnassa Tähtitorninmäen puiston reunalla. Historiallinen tennishallirakennus muutetaan nyt laadukkaaksi 9 asunnon kokonaisuudeksi vanhaa kunnioittaen. Muun muassa rakennuksen suojeltu ulkoarkkitehtuuri tullaan jälleenrakentamaan alkuperäiseen asuunsa. Tarjolla on todella ainutlaatuista asumista kauneimmassa Helsingissä.

Kuvat ovat taiteilijan luonnoksia.

AURATUM ASUNNOT luo mahdollisuuksia korkealuokkaiseen asumiseen rakennuttamalla uusia ja uudistamalla vanhoja arvokiinteistöjä nykyaikaan.

Helsingin Munkkiniemen Puistotie 25:ssä sijaitseva entinen toimistorakennus kokee komean renessanssin, kun rakennus kunnostetaan moderniin asuinkäyttöön. Täydellisen saneerauksen lisäksi tuleva yhtiö täydentyy upealla Town House -uudisrakennuksella. Asunnot valmistuvat huhti-kesäkuussa 2019.

TUTUSTU KOHTEESEEN OSOITTEESSA MUNKKINIEMENKONE.FI

LISÄTIEDOT Auratum Asunnot, asunnothelsinki@auratum.com www.auratum.com


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EXPO 2017

Space-age skyline TEXT BY SILJA KUDEL

Rising from Kazakhstan’s barren steppes is an eccentric showcase of futuristic architecture that puts even Dubai to shame. Described as “the world’s weirdest city,” Astana – Kazakh for “capital” – is an architectural playground with the surreal look of a sci-fi movie set, featuring artificial trees that glow at night, a copy of the US White House, and gleaming superstructures aptly nicknamed “the Dog Bowl,” “the Lollipop,” and “the Flying Saucer.” Fuelled by petrodollar wealth, this uncanny spectacle in glass and concrete has literally sprung up from a void in only 15 years, perfectly timed for the opening of Expo 2017 this summer. Themed “Future Energy,” Central Asia’s first world’s fair is expected to attract up to four million visitors. Expo 2017 June 10  –  September 10 astanaworldsfair.com/en

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TAKEOFF NEWS

WORLD OF BENEFITS As a Finnair Plus member, you can earn and redeem points with Scandic Hotels. So start your day with a variety of healthy alternatives. www.finnairshop.com

COMPILED BY SILJA KUDEL NIKLAS HAGELBECK

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BEYOND BACON & EGGS

SAFETY

Democratic breakfast MANY HOTELS are waking up to the fact that the standard trifecta of bacon, eggs, and toast isn’t everyone’s cup of tea for breakfast – especially for vegans and coeliacs. The Scandic hotel chain serves breakfast to suit everyone, offering a buffet of gluten-free muesli, porridge, and breads, along with soy and oat beverages, vegan cheeses, hummus, and other delicious veggie spreads. The Fairmont hotel chain is another pioneer in catering to special dietary needs in its 64 hotels worldwide. Their Lifestyle ­Cuisine Plus menu not only includes glutenSPECIAL EDITION

Moomin art mug

A new art mug featuring artist and author Tove Jansson’s gouache painting for the French book cover of Moumine le Troll will be available for a limited time only from May 15 until the end of 2017. ­Co-created by the Arabia ceramics company and Tampere Art Museum, the first Moomin art mug is a near exact replica of the original painting, portraying over 20 characters in 27 colours. 12 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

free and heart-healthy options, but also special dishes for guests on macrobiotic, raw, and vegan diets. Guests may even speak with the chef directly and plan their meals ahead of their stay. There are also websites devoted exclusively to booking gluten-free or vegan vacations. VeggieHotels features a one-click map guide to vegan guesthouses in more than 60 countries worldwide. glutenfreehotelsguide.com veggie-hotels.com RENE GRANSTROM

Apps to the rescue

What’s the number to dial if you’re bitten by a funnel-web spider in Sydney? And how do you say “my passport is lost” in Indonesian? No sweat: mobile apps have your back. ­!Emergency! is a travel app that automatically dials the correct emergency number if you find yourself in a fix in a foreign country. TripLingo provides handy emergency phrases and even connects you to a reallife translator in a sticky ­language-barrier situation. And, if you’re concerned about getting mugged, Safety Map Worldwide rates the safety of any place on earth and gives warning notifications if you’re headed into a danger zone. triplingo.com


YOU WILL NOT FIND A MORE LUXURIOUS BED IN THIS WORLD

We were already making beds when Henry Ford was still playing with pine cone cows. Hästens beds are the most luxurious in the world, handcrafted in Sweden from natural materials to this day. Hästens beds provide a uniquely weightless sleeping experience. Come and try our beds today and you could soon wake up in the bed of your dreams.

HÄSTENS STORE HELSINKI, Mannerheimintie 8, tel. +358 20 780 1370, hastens.com


TAKEOFF NEWS

GET CULTURED Use your Finnair Plus points or money and points to purchase a Museum Card for museums around Finland. See the Finnair Shop for more information. www.finnairshop.com

COMPILED BY SILJA KUDEL ISMO MIETTINEN/WWF

EYE ON DESIGN

The visual traveller

Mari Isopahkala is a designer known for her shapely fusions in items ranging from furniture to jewellery. Her latest creation is a silver ring designed for the National Museum, in which the “diamond” is a glorious tuft of reindeer fur.

LIVE SEAL CAM

Celebrity whiskers THIS LAID-BACK sunbather is the Saimaa ringed seal, one of the most ­endangered seals in the world. Due to ­climate change and net fishing, only about 360 individuals survive. It normally takes extraordinary luck to spot one in the wild, but WWF Finland is changing the odds by installing a live cam on Lake Saimaa through May, offering a rare glimpse into

OPEN HOUSE

The other Helsinki

OpenHouseHelsinki organises expertguided tours of special architectural sites normally closed to the public. Highlights this year include a late night tour of Stockmann’s department store, a peek at the new Fazer Visitor Centre, and a visit to Maunula Youth House hosted by their creators, K2S Architects. openhousehelsinki.fi

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the daily life of this elusive freshwater subspecies. With two million views, the video was a huge hit in Finland last year, and an English page is now open for international seal fans. “Chances are it’ll be the cutest Finn you’ll ever see,” says Joonas Fritze from WWF Finland. wwf.fi/norppalive/en

HELENA ILTANEN

Q. As a visual person, what spots do you love in Helsinki? A. The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, if only for the interiors. One of my favourite details are the ceiling lights in the café. I also like the elegant cosiness of Aalto House, Alvar Aalto’s former home in Munkkiniemi. Q. What are your favourite designerly travel destinations? A. I’ve always loved Barcelona because of Gaudí’s work. In Prague I’m fascinated by the diversity of the old and modern, particularly in glass design. In Milan I cannot miss the Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair. Q. Visually, what has been your most unforgettable travel moment? A. Without a doubt, the amazing, breath-taking Hljóðaklettar rock formations in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park in Iceland.


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passille ja muille tavaroille. Haluamme matkantekosi olevan mahdollisimman sujuvaa, mikä kohteesi ikinä onkaan. Hyvää matkaa!

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TAKEOFF WORLD

H(APP)INESS Finnair’s mobile app is now available to everyone who has a Finnair booking. Log in with either your Finnair Plus member ID or your booking reference number and surname. Go to finnair.com to learn more.

COMPILED BY SILJA KUDEL

GRAND CHAMPAGNE HELSINKI

CALENDAR

May events HESCHONG

MAY 8–22 TOKYO. Sumo wrestling is far from a daily occurrence in Japan – in fact Tokyo hosts only three professional sumo tournaments a year. The Sumo Summer Basho tournament is a not-to-be-missed “quintessential Japan” experience.

HELSINKI

Serious bubbles MAY 11–13

MAY 17–28 CANNES. The Côte d’Azur becomes the star-studded eipcentre of the cinema world as the Festival International du Film de Cannes celebrates its 70th edition this May. With more than 2,000 screenings in store, the jury will be headed by the flamboyant Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. ISTOCK

Helsinki gets popping this May as third-time host of one of the world’s premier events celebrating great champagnes. Louis Roederer, Moët & Chandon, Duval-Leroy, and 50 other premium-label houses from as far afield as Australia will parade their best bubblies at the Old Student House. The threeday programme includes master classes by expert lecturers and tastings of over 250 champagnes, including rarities.s. grandchampagnehelsinki.fi

UGO CARMENI

VENICE

Art for absurd times MAY 13 – NOV 26

MAY 29 GLOUCESTERSHIRE. Every year thousands gather to witness the spectacle of grown men and women rolling nine-pound wheels of cheese down a steep hill in the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake in the UK. Attend at your peril: spectators have been injured by rogue cheeses travelling at speeds up to 100 km/h.

A thigh-slapping belly laugh is offered by Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors, ­Finland’s representatives at the 57th Venice Art Biennale opening this May. Their rib-­ tickling video installation is among many highlights at Europe’s premier arts showcase, which features 30 national pavilions in the Giardini, with additional exhibitions in venues across town.

cheese-rolling.co.uk/index1.htm

labiennale.org/en/Home.html

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BLOOM Show the world what you’re made of in beautifully crafted, hand-finished sterling silver. pandora.net

Oplev den nye forårskollektion i butikken. Charms fra 249 kr. / Ring 449 kr. / Øreringe 449 kr.

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MY FINNISH FAVOURITES

100 YEARS Blue Wings salutes Finland’s centenary by spotlighting iconic Finnish design products throughout the year. suomifinland100.fi

COMPILED BY SIRPA ÄRMÄNEN

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GOLF AND COTTAGE CHARM

Sweet summer goodies 1. Linkosuo’s rye chips are the perfect salty snack after sauna. linkosuo.fi 2. With the driver löyly dipper you’ll definitely get your sweat on in the sauna. golfcoat.fi 3. This golf pattern sauna seat towel is also available in a sports pattern. jokipiinpellava.fi 4. A Midsummer sauna’s higlight is a birch whisk. You can buy one from an outdoor market. For sauna tips visit visitfinland.com 18 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

5. Osmia’s travel size vegetable oil based shampoo features the scent of original blueberry. osmia.fi/en 6. Ulla Grace’s sweet dreams lotion helps you sleep easy during the Finnish white nights. ullagrace.com 7. Iittala Ultima Thule sparkling wine glasses won’t tip over easily in the summer breeze. Available for pre-order in the Finnair Shop. www.finnairshop.com 8. Stay hydrated in the sauna with Pentik’s mustikka­metsä pitcher. pentik.com/en

Sirpa Ärmänen is art director for Blue Wings and an enthusiastic golfer who enjoys her summer cottage by the lake in southern Finland.


KUN ETSIT SITÄ OIKEAA.

Vuode on kodin tärkein huonekalu. Se on iso hankinta, jonka on tarkoitus kestää vuosia. Jo vuodesta 1947 lähtien, Jensen on kehittänyt vuoteiden ominaisuuksia käyttämällä aina uusimpia menetelmiä ja kaikkein moderneimpia materiaaleja. Optimaaliseen

nukkumismukavuuteen pyrkiminen on tuottanut myös innovaatioita – kuten entistäkin paremman ja myötäilevämmän Jensen Aloy 2.0 -jousitusjärjestelmän. Nuku aina parasta unta omassa vuoteessasi.

ESPOO | HELSINKI | HÄMEENLINNA | JYVÄSKYLÄ | KOUVOLA | KUOPIO | LAHTI | LAPPEENRANTA MIKKELI | OULU | PORI | PORVOO | ROVANIEMI | SEINÄJOKI | TALLINNA | TAMPERE | TURKU | VAASA | VANTAA


TAKEOFF EVENTS

100 YEARS Blue Wings salutes Finland’s centenary by highlighting ­interesting events throughout the year. Stay tuned for more! suomifinland100.fi

COMPILED BY LAURA IISALO MIRKA KLEEMOLA

CALENDAR

Summer events

MAY 3 – SEPT 3 FOR FASHION’S SAKE is an exhibition examining the relationship between fashion and art through the works of 13 Nordic fashion talents including Finnish artist Justus K and designer Satu Maaranen. emma.museum

PERFORMANCE

Get down in Kuopio JUNE 14–20

Established and up-and-coming dance companies and artists share the spotlight at the annual Kuopio Music Festival, directed by dancer, choreographer and professor Jorma Uotinen. The week opens with a performance by the Finnish National Opera Ballet School. Other highlights include performances by Dutch NDT2, Chinese choreographer Xie Xin, and Israel’s Vertigo Dance Company. Workshops and satellite events complete the programme. kuopiodancefestival.fi

JUNE 8–11 AND 15–18

THE FINNISH SAUNA FESTIVAL takes place in Helsinki and Turku in June before moving on to Jyväskylä in August. Sauna yoga sessions, music acts, and good food are all part of the steamy summer event.

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AVIATION

Sky high fest JUNE 9

finvillage.fi

From a 1930’s Junkers Ju 52/3m aircraft to Finnair’s latest Airbus A350, the Kaivopuisto Air Show ties together the past, present, and future of Finnish aviation. The biggest air show ever seen in Helsinki is brought to the public free of charge by the Finnish Aviation Museum.

Events subject to change.

ilmailumuseo.fi

saunafestival.fi

ONGOING FINVILLAGE is an art project designed by artist and professor Riitta Nelimarkka. Anyone can participate by making a small woollen pompom for the final piece, which will be auctioned to protect the Baltic Sea.

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FINLAND marjakurki.com

Pohjoisesplanadi 25-27, Helsinki

Kasarmikatu 27, Helsinki

info@marjakurki.com


TAKEOFF DESTINATION

MIDNIGHT SUN AWAITS Experience the magic of Lapland. Finnair flies to Kittilä daily during the summer season.

TEXT BY ANDREW MELLOR BEN HOPPER

ANTTI HANNUNIEMI

LISTEN UP

Silence meant to be broken FOR THE SECOND WEEK in June each year, the village of Kaukonen near Kittilä in Finnish Lapland is filled with strange and wonderful performances. Silence Festival (Hiljaisuus Festivaali) describes itself as “multi-disciplinary” but the reality is a lot more whacky. C ­ ircus artists and musicians work together to generate spontaneous creations; and the surrounding rivers, fields, and woods all become venues for stimulating performances under the endless sunlight. According to festival organisers, “silence” refers to the peace and quiet that is over22 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

run by a herd of jubilant people at festival time. Highlights of the 2017 festival include Kwalk, a collaboration between contemporary circus group Kallo Collective and the Uusinta Ensemble that promises to recreate “the endless loop of satisfaction and desire experienced from popping bubble wrap.” Also look out for clarinetist Lauri Sallinen’s new solo work named Solitude that fuses music and dance. June 7–10 hiljaisuusfestivaali.fi

Lauri Sallinen


VAIHDA SEINÄ NÄKÖALAAN. LUO ITSELLESI MAISEMA LASILIUKUSEINÄLLÄ.

PÄÄSTÄ VALO SISÄÄN

SUUNNITTELE OMA LASILIUKUSEINÄ

Profin lasiliukuseinällä häivytät sisä- ja ulkotilojen rajat ja saat

Valitse suosikkimallisi ja luo siitä yksityiskohdilla

näköalan, josta voit nauttia kesät ja talvet. Profin on kestävä,

juuri sellainen kuin haluat: WWW.PROFIN.FI

ekologinen ja energiaa säästävä valinta. Raaka-aineena käytämme tiheäsyistä mäntyä, tammea tai Siperian lehtikuusta. Tuotteet suunnitellaan ja valmistetaan Suomessa. Profin lasiliukuseinät saat johtavilta talotoimittajilta. WOOD, NATURALLY.


FLYING STORIES TEXT BY KATJA PANTZAR PHOTO BY AAPO HUHTA

BIRTHDAY WISHES Finnair Plus is 25 years old! Make the most of your points by using them for a variety of services from Finnair ­and partners. Read more about the program on pages 110–113.

Illuminating journeys For Finland’s Nobel Prize laureate and leading international economist Bengt Holmström, travelling and research have a great deal in common.

In this series Blue Wings looks into the fascinating world of flying through inspiring people, discoveries, and inventions.

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“Research is a journey you embark on with the hope that something unexpected will happen,” says Holmström, co-winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. “You have to have a destination, but you also have to be attentive to serendipitous moments that move you away from the planned path,” he says. Holmström, 68, is a professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world’s leading private research universities, where he has been on the faculty since 1994. When he moved to MIT, he was already well known for his work on incentives and the structure of organisations, which included pioneering research into executive pay. Of the numerous awards Holmström has received during his career, the Nobel is the most significant. Together with British-born professor Oliver Hart, Holmström shared the 8 million kronor (835,000 euros) prize money for “their contributions to contract theory.” “I was very happy to win,” says Holmström. Winning the Nobel has opened up some amazing opportunities for the Swedish-speaking Finn who grew up in Helsinki. “I was invited to the White House by former president Barack Obama, but could not go because I was already on my way to Stockholm. He wrote a letter congratulating me, which was very nice. I also missed the opportunity to have lunch with Bill Gates to discuss the great work his foundation is doing,” says Holmström.


AINA

NELIVETOINEN

SUBARU

Uusiutunut, huipputurvallinen ja rohkea Subaru-mallisto myynnissä nyt! subaru_finland

Subaru Suomi

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TWO OF A KIND

WHEN IN VIENNA Wine has waltzed its way into the hearts of the Viennese. Finnair flies to the Austrian capital two times a day.

TEXT BY RACHAEL VANCE PHOTOS BY MARIO PAMPEL

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Urban farm to table

Before the Romans arrived in Vienna, vines were being tended on the gentle slopes beside the Danube. Many winemakers continue to rekindle the Viennese love affair of high-quality wine made and enjoyed within their own city limits.

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Fritz Wieninger blazed the trail for the modern image of Viennese wine. Championing the return of a ubiquitous field blend of different white grape varieties, the Gemischter Satz, his wines express the unique terroir of a city that has a s­ taggering 700 ­hectares under vine. While his wines are now sought after by sommeliers and enthusiasts the world over, it is also possible to enjoy them at the source. At Heuriger Wieninger, the concept of H ­ euriger – a local term for wine tavern – exemplifies the historic value and contemporary quality of these unique urban wines with a slow food ethos. In 1784, emperor Franz Josef II decreed that these establishments may only serve their own produce. Typically, wine and local specialities are enjoyed at these convivial institutions. wieninger.at/en

Following the green-belt surrounding Austria’s capital to the south-east is the Zahel winery. It numbers among the couple of hundred winegrowers within the city and one of 140 Heurigen serving the local drop. With humble origins of just half a hectare under vine and a four-table tavern, Zahel has grown over the last four generations to become one of Vienna’s most visited and respected. It is likewise responsible for the modern incarnation of the Gemischter Satz wine, which by law may contain anywhere from between 3 to 20 different grape varieties. Alexander Zahel continues to cultivate this tradition intrinsic to Viennese identity. Garnering global recognition with exports worldwide, the winery attracts international visitors that include American food critic Anthony Bourdain. zahel.at

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In this series we meet the bright talents of Nordic design.

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Two decades at the loom The signature style of textile designer Johanna Gullichsen was born 20 years ago when she launched Normandie, a collection of fabrics sold from Scandinavia to Japan, which is her biggest market to date. To celebrate the anniversary, Gullichsen has created a new design customised to fit the iconic Artek 60 stool. “My grandmother Maire Gullichsen co-founded the Artek company. I think my designs reveal that I grew up surrounded by Artek; the textiles go nicely together with the furniture,” she says. The traditional loom weaving method is the defining element of Gullichsen’s design process. “I have always been interested in the structure of the fabric. The geometrical shapes are the natural result of the perpendicular yarns in the loom,” she explains. The fabrics are produced by Lapuan Kankurit, a family-owned weaving mill in Western Finland. Bags, cushion covers, and accessories are all part of the range – and made to last a lifetime. “The products must be ­washable and able to handle wear and tear. If a handle breaks, we’ll fix it in store,” she adds. Gullichsen is currently looking to expand and is already collaborating with accessories label Costo and the La Parra tile company. “It takes patience, but that’s what weaving has taught me. It’s such a long process, but when you see the end result, it is just wonderful,” she says. johannagullichsen.com

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Johanna Gullichsen’s Normandie exhibition is displayed at the Artek store in Helsinki from May 8 until June 10.


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Pedalling THE TURKU ARCHIPELAGO

Twenty thousand: that’s the total number of islands in Finland’s Turku Archipelago. The best way to explore the picturesque isles is to ferry across and get pedalling. TEXT BY NINAROSE MAOZ PHOTOS BY ROBERT SEGER

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A lighthouse guards the coast of ­­Laupunen.

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light sea breeze dries the beads of sweat on my skin. Sitting on the deck of a yellow ferry, I fill my lungs with fresh air and feel my pulse gradually slowing. It has been a 30-kilometre bike ride from the town of Naantali in southwestern Finland to the Taivassalo ferry dock. It has been a mad rush to get here: I have pedalled furiously without a break all the way. From this point on, however, I have all the time in the world. But that’s the whole idea of biking: to explore the surroundings, take in the scenery, and enjoy every small detail – the red ochre wooden houses, the apple trees, and the bright white sails blinking on the horizon. In the old days, vast merchant ships used to sail from this spot to all four corners of the world. Despite the near-deserted landscapes, the area is rich in history. Iron and Bronze Age tombs have been discovered here, and the names of islands such as Iniö appear in tax records dating from 1540, during the rule of King Gustav Vasa of Sweden. The local ­villages were inhabited as far back as the 14th century, and some of the local plants are believed to have been imported by the Vikings, whose route may have once passed through the Archipelago. This marks the start of our four-day cycle tour on the Archipelago Trail, a 250-kilometre circular route connected by 12 bridges and nine ferries through the islands of Turku.

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In the old days, vast merchant ships used to sail from this spot to all four corners of the world.

First up, it’s time for lunch at a local eatery called Pollin Piha, where the salmon soup is said to be the best on the island. It certainly smells heavenly: I detect garlic, chives, and dill, but the chef, Antti Lahdenperä – a criminal investigator in winter and entrepreneur in summer – chuckles at my guesses at what makes his soup so incredibly tasty. SOUNDS OF SUMMER “Oh, it’s very simple. It’s my mother-in-law’s secret recipe. Just fish… and a few other ingredients. I cook a huge pot every day, and we sell every last drop,” he says. Lahdenperä runs the farm together with his wife Milla Lahdenperä, a teacher of dental technology who helps run the family business during her summer ­holiday. Occasionally she tinkles a tune on the piano, but more often than not there are professional singers and musicians giving a show. X Factor UK runner-up Saara Aalto is a regular guest performer.


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Peterzéns Boathouse is a nice place to rest and enjoy.

After a long day of biking, nothing beats a hot sauna and a dip in the sea. The restaurant is adjoined by a granny-style bed and breakfast in an old farmhouse. Next door there is a lovely mini-spa and an old storehouse that has been turned into a museum of antique tools. The spacious barn is used for hosting events such as flea markets. The place is famous for Milla’s t­ ripled-layered cheesecake laced with sea buckthorn berries, a superfood packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. One handful of berries meets your entire daily vitamin C requirement. The couple has three daughters and three giant Leonbergers. “This is a wonderful place for the kids and the dogs to run around. The girls help out at the cash register now and then. Although running the place keeps us busy almost around the clock, this is the perfect way to spend the holiday – working together with the best possible company, my lovely wife,” says Antti, who was born in Taivassalo. He fondly recalls childhood summers filled with endless swimming, sauna-bathing, and fishing. 34 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

“The occasional catch would end up in the frying pan, with loads of butter. We used to go water-­skiing and dive off the cliffs into the sea. And the sound of the seagulls screeching after nightfall – it instantly takes me back to my childhood summers on the island of Omenasaari,” he reminisces. LAID-BACK ATMOSPHERE Riding is a pleasure with a full stomach – e­ specially after a relaxing encounter with friendly, easy-going locals. Islanders throughout the world seem to embrace the same relaxed lifestyle, untouched by the hectic pace of life on the mainland. The medieval church in the centre of Taivassalo offers a perfectly timed pit stop. Built in the 15th century, the beautiful Church of the Holy Cross is one of the oldest buildings in the area. Afternoon becomes evening as we unsling our bike bags at Peterzéns Boathouse on the island of Kustavi, our accommodation for the night. A charming row of black thatched boathouses next to the guest harbour offer shelter and sauna for both cyclists and sailors. And, after a long day of biking, nothing beats a hot sauna and a dip in the sea, followed by a long, ­leisurely dinner. The place is run by Leontina Peterzéns and her brother. Peterzéns entertains us with her stories and infectious laughter, which rings long and loud into the light summer night. Born in Helsinki, she spent her childhood summers here. The boathouse was


GEARING UP: •Plan the route, book accommodation in advance, and check ferry timetables. Plan an itinerary and allow time for surprises and changes. Please note that some ferries operate frequently, others only a couple of times per day. Leave time for exploring, stopping at interesting places, and resting. •Take along an extra inner tube and a small tool box with basic tools (pump, Allen key set, tyre repair kit, extra master link or extra chains, wrench, multifunction tool). •Pack snacks such as dried fruit and energy bars in your bike bags. •Pack warm, rainproof, and windproof clothes just in case.

ON THE RIDE: •Remember to drink plenty of fluids even when you’re not feeling thirsty. Dehydration isn’t a pleasant travel companion. •Watch for road signs pointing to interesting attractions.

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ArtTeatro’s Pauliina Räsänen and Slava Volkov

Tasty satay chicken at Bruddalsviken in Iniö

originally founded by her mother, textile artist Laura Peterzéns, who still runs the adjoining gallery. Later Leontina moved to Bilbao in Spain, but every spring, she and her three children pack their suitcases and head back to Kustavi, the only place she can imagine spending her summers. STAGGERING STUNTS After dinner it’s time to set off on the bike again, but this time only for a short ride. In a massive log building we discover an unexpected surprise: a musical circus performed by international circus stars Pauliina Räsänen and Slava Volkov. I hold my breath as Räsänen releases the trapeze and performs a somersault just a whisker above the audience. The combination of spellbinding talent and intimate atmosphere draws crowds evening after evening – and it’s no wonder why. The young, talented couple are both Cirque de Soleil-trained circus artists who decided to leave behind glamorous Las Vegas for the Archipelago. Today, they run a circus school and last winter they

performed as guest stars of Petrushka, a circus show at the Berlin Komische Opera. “I guess a circus artist can never totally abandon Vegas and its glitter, but I longed for new experiences and artistic challenges. Here in Finland we also have a priceless support network,” says Räsänen, whose seven-year-old daughter Saaga Volkova is also part of the show. The next morning, with our bellies full of traditional oatmeal porridge, smoked fish, rye bread, yoghurt, and many cups of coffee, it’s time to set off to the next island, Iniö. As the islands get smaller and quieter, our four-member group pedal side by side (though it’s not recommended), enjoying long conversations on the way. There is hardly any traffic and the occasional local greets us as we pass by. Every now and then we also come across other cyclists.

Come summer, there is a sudden influx of cottage owners and tourists.

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STOCKING UP ON SUNSHINE In winter the small islands are all but deserted, but come summer, there is a sudden influx of cottage owners and tourists. The only place that ever


EAT & SLEEP TAIVASSALO POLLIN PIHA B&B in a farmhouse, complete with a mini-spa, restaurant, concerts, events, awesome salmon soup, and sea buckthorn berry cheesecake. pollinpiha.fi KUSTAVI PETERZÉNS Accommodation in thatched boathouses, a dock restaurant, entertainment, and dancing four nights a week. peterzens.fi LOOTHOLMA offers yurts and beautiful, new villas with hot tubs on the balcony. lootholma.fi

INIÖ CAFÉ AND B&B Buy fresh bread from Erkas Gården or enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch at the 18th-century farmhouse in the beautiful surroundings of Jumo village. erkasgarden.com

Eighteenth-century farmhouse Erkas Gården

A yurt at Lootholma

BRUDDALSVIKEN offers a menu of tasty and original Thai food cooked by chef and cookbook author Niramon Thanuddhanusilp. bjorklundbatslip.fi

MOSSALA MOSSALA ISLAND RESORT Cottages and camping with a beautiful view from the lookout tower, just a ten-minute forest walk away. mossala-island-resort.com NAUVO HOTEL STALLBACKEN and GRÄNNAS B & B caters to every taste with its high-quality ­restaurant serving island delicacies. hotelstallbacken.fi

The mini-spa at Pollin Piha

HIGHLIGHTS KUSTAVI ArtTeatro Circus Festival July 6 – August 5 Book tickets in advance. artteatro.com PARAINEN ArtBank: an interesting private collection of Dali and Finnish and international contemporary art. If possible, book a guided tour with the owner Ted Wallin, a passionate Dali collector. artbank.fi Geocaching is a good excuse to take a break from the bike saddle. There are plenty of caches in the Archipelago; all you need is a smartphone.

Cottages at the Mossala Island Resort

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Handmade mugs from Kustavin keramiikkapaja

Essi Vuontisjärvi’s freshly baked donuts are a real treat at Kustavin keramiikkapaja.

A stretching respite with a view

becomes crowded, however, is the ferry, especially on weekends or during summer events such as Korppo Sea Jazz in July or the Kustavi Salmon Market in August, which draws thousands of visitors. Our group are experienced cyclists, so we have come prepared with a tool box in case of a puncture or other mishap. The distances are long and spare parts might be in short supply on the road. “Last year my chain broke and I lost the ­master link. I didn’t have a spare lock, so I had to walk my bike back to the closest town and get a new one. Luckily it was only seven kilometres away,” says Pasi Kokko, who is on his second bike trip in the Archipelago. Our only mishap on this trip is my own poorly timed acrobatic performance. I take my eyes off the road for a split-second and instantly crash into a ditch. Some things you learn the hard way. We spend four wonderful sunshine-filled days on the road. At suitable intervals we stop for coffee or lunch, fill our stomachs with strawberries we pick fresh from a farm, take a walk on a nature trail, and enjoy the views from a lookout tower. The pedalling never gets too exhausting, as there are many ferry stops along the way, and daily saunas help to soothe fatigued muscles. And nothing beats finding a secluded beach, stripping off damp clothes, and plunging into the crisp, cool water. The sea never truly gets warm so far up 38 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

north, but after a swim, the sun gently dries shivering skin. We drink in the myriad shades of blue and hold them dear as a lucky charm to ward off the grey darkness of the long Nordic winter. l saaristonrengastie.fi/en ferry.fi Ninarose Maoz is a Helsinkibased journalist who has spent all her summer holidays since childhood in the Turku Archipelago. She thought she knew the islands, but was surprised to find out how much more there is to see from the saddle of a bike. Robert Seger is a Turkubased photographer who likes living close to the sea. He spends summer in the Archipelago, where a perfect day ends with a hot sauna and a refreshing swim.


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SOLID SCANDINAVIAN If wood has a soul, then Thors-Design resurrects it. This Danish upcycling company founded by Carsten Thor transforms decommissioned Danish wharves into virtually indestructible plank tables and other bespoke furniture for indoor and outdoor use. After being exposed to the elements for 50 years, the rustic AzobĂŠ wood retains its original raw look and integrity of character; no two pieces are exactly alike. thors-design.com

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Just about anything can be upcycled – and everpractical Nordic designers are naturals at repurposing. We meet five trash-to-trend trailblazers who make garbage gorgeous again. TEXT BY SILJA KUDEL

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TEE FOR TINY FOOTPRINT Upshirt is an iconic T-shirt for men, women, and kids designed by Estonia’s pioneering upcycler, Reet Aus, who weaves her distinctive design magic with industrial leftovers. “We never use any virgin material, and produce only from factory waste for conscious customers who make smart, sustainable choices,” says Aus, who holds a PhD in design and collaborates with the biggest garment manufacturer in Bangladesh to promote ethical manufacturing. Aus also designs an upcycled collection of women’s smart-casual fashion. Available online and through various stockists. reetaus.com

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ALL PATCHED UP Kaisa Rissanen and Mila Moisio are TAUKO, a ­Helsinki-based fashion house that upcycles disused fabrics from tablecloths to hospital sheets. Combining exquisite detailing with eye-catching cuts, the brand collaborates with researchers to develop new methods of modifying used textiles for fashion. “Our latest collection, Paikka (meaning ‘place’ or ‘patch’) is our tribute to the art of mending and memories of visited places, which are like colourful patches in our lives,” says Rissanen. Available online and through various retailers. taukodesign.com

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BLIND INSPIRATION Five years ago, Anna Nygård puzzled over what to do with a broken venetian blind that was destined for the trashbin. “I dismantled it and tried to weave it into a basket – but it took two years of practice to get it right.” Today she upcycles industrial waste into funky baskets resembling traditional Finnish birch-bark weavings. Never has the fusion of trash and tradition looked so fresh. Available online and through various retailers. annanygard.com

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MUM’S THE WORD Woven from recycled plastic by Zulu women in South Africa, the Zulu Mama chair is one of many ingenious upcycled products created by Turku-based Mum’s. “I love to surprise! When you see our products the first time, you don’t realise they’re 100 per cent recycled – you just fall in love with their beauty,” says creative director Outi Puro. The Mum’s range also includes cut-out lampshades made from plastic bottles and footstools woven from reclaimed T-shirt cotton. Available through their webshop. mums.fi

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EUROPEAN VOICES BY ALEXANDER STUBB

The power of reverse ­mentorship

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o you belong to the cateasy, as it breaks with tradition and egory of folks who think requires flexibility and compromise from that today’s youth are both sides. In order for reverse mentorship wasting their time on to work you need three things. smartphones, tablets, First, you have to let go of your ego and and computers? Think be willing to learn from someone with again. Today’s gadgets are tomorrow’s live- substantially less life experience. F ­ orget lihoods. Digital natives will rule the world prejudice, be humble, and open your and you should be learning from them. inquisitive mind. Tradition has it that experience rules. Second, define your expectations and Elders tell youngsters how the world is discuss what you want to achieve. If your run, they lead by aim is to learn way of example basic use of inforbecause they have mation technology, REVERSE MENTORSHIP experience. then say so. If you DISRUPTS OLD, OFTEN There is nothwant to go further, ing wrong with talk about it. MenINEFFICIENT TRADITIONS. that. I have torship is a twolearned a lot way street. And from my parboth of you will ents, older friends, and senior collikely end up learning something new. leagues. I have had mentors in the Third, trust each other. You must be academic world, in the civil s­ ervice, able to step outside your comfort zone and in politics. I have listened, and trust that you do not become a joke observed, and learned. around the office coffee table. And just to For many decades work places prove this point, I wrote about writing this created mentorships whereby an column on Twitter and was immediately older colleague would teach a youngconnected to a group of young Millennial ster the tricks of the trade. Career Board mentors who gave excellent compaths were drawn, networks were crements on my original draft on Facebook. ated, and solutions were discussed. There are many benefits to reverse menIn the 1990s, Jack Welch, former torship. It brings older and younger generaCEO of General Electric, popularised tions together in the workplace. It breeds the notion of reverse mentorship. He new leaders. And it disrupts old, often ineffelt that the internet world was advancficient, traditions. It is a win-win set-up ing so fast that he was falling behind. As where everyone learns something new. such, he started up a programme where I have always had younger advisers. young employees would teach older colThey have taught me a lot over the years leagues about the wonders of informaand I hope I have been able to show them tion technology. a trick or two. Nowadays my best tutors The notion of reverse mentorship is are at home. The things a 15- and 13-yearspreading fast. My generation is realisold can teach you about the world never ing that it is not enough to be on social ceases to amaze me. l media, download key apps, and use the latest gadgets. You have to know more in order to stay in the game. Alexander Stubb, a former prime minister Reverse mentoring is not always of Finland, likes to learn from everyone.

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The Czech Republic’s Bohemian Paradise is a beautiful protected area – and a UNESCO Global Geopark – rich in nature and culture that lives up to its utopian name. TEXT BY PETE BALDING PHOTOS BY HERNAN PATIÑO

Guests of the Hrubá Skála Chateau hotel relax after enjoying the spa.

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Views of the Hrubá Skála Chateau illustrate the charm of Bohemian Paradise.

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hile popular for decades with Czechs seeking family-friendly outdoor activities, Bohemian Paradise is mostly devoid of foreign visitors. That will certainly change as the appeal to slow-travel enthusiasts for rustic, safe, and affordable getaways beyond the popular tourist destinations continues to grow. The famous Czech tourist attractions like stunning medieval castles, brilliant crystal glassware, worldclass breweries, and old-world inns and bistros are in abundance here. But Bohemian Paradise also has distinctive natural wonders including huge sandstone monuments, idyllic river valleys, vast forests, spacious dolomite caves with underground lakes, and unique geological sites rich in gemstones.

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Stunning medieval castles, brilliant crystal glassware, world-class breweries, and old-world inns and bistros are in abundance. HISTORY IS EVERYWHERE Approximately 200 square kilometres in size, Bohemian Paradise is located about 90 kilometres northeast of Prague and 30 kilometres south of Liberec near the Polish border. There are no marked boundaries, but the main towns of Turnov in the north-east on the beautiful Jizera River, and Jičín in the south-east, famous for its Baroque architecture, roughly define


Hot work for glass blowers at the Harrachov Glassworks

The beautiful Baroque town square of Jičín

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Sandstone shapes define Bohemian Paradise.

The natural wonders of Bohemian Paradise have an almost otherworldly quality.

the area. Both are worth visiting as there are a variety of hotels and restaurants plus the towns make good bases from which to explore. “The name Český ráj or Bohemian Paradise first appeared 150 years ago,” according to Jan Mertlik, a representative of the local tourism association. “It was officially declared a protected scenic district in 1955, the first in the Czech Republic, and in 2005 it was granted UNESCO Geopark status,” he adds. The area has been at the heart of Central European history for dozens of generations. The ruins of medieval castles like Valečov (14th century), Vranov Pantheon (15th century), and Trosky (14th century) magically rise out of sandstone outcroppings as if built by supernatural forces. 48 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

Czech lager is delightfully ­refreshing.

MONUMENTAL NATURE The natural wonders of Bohemian Paradise do have an almost otherworldly quality, especially the sandstone pillars and ridges that rise in sharp vertical shapes – they look like colossal statues and busts carved by giant sculptors. Prachovské skály and Hrubá Skála, both near Jičín, and Krtola Valley near Valečov are a few of the best places to behold these photogenic marvels. There are hiking trails and well-marked paths that meander through the sandstone outcroppings. The 19-kilometre-long Rieger Trail (Riegrova stezka) at Semily follows the Jizera River Valley through narrow gorges and thick beech forests that stand as tall and straight as big firs. Canoe trips are a popular option and easy enough for beginners on the gently flowing and scenic Jizera River. Bohemian Paradise is also the home to the Bozkovské Dolomite Caves near the village of Bozkov in Semily. Guided tours along safe and gently paved paths which pass through caverns rich in stalagmites and stalactites and underground lakes are a unique experience for all ages. GLASS, CARS, AND BEER Besides spectacular nature, the Czech Republic is well known for craftsmanship and manufactur-


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Assembling a chandelier with world-famous Bohemian crystal

THE REMARKABLE SANDSTONE AREAS: • Krtola Valley and the nearby Krásná vyhlídka Inn • Prachovské skály and the Parkhotel Skalní Město • Hrubá Skála and the Hrubá Skála ­Chateau Hotel

OTHER NATURAL WONDERS: • Rieger Trail (Riegrova stezka) • Bozkovské Dolomite Caves • Jizera River Valley

An assortment of local produce

CASTLES AND CHATEAUS: • Valečov Castle • Malá Skála Pantheon Castle • Hrad Kost Castle and nearby village Vesec u Sobotky • Trosky Castle • Mnichovo Hradiště Chateau cesky-raj.info

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Cars and trucks have been manufactured in Mladá Boleslav for more than 120 years.

ing. Bohemian crystal is world famous. Many of the great churches, palaces, and luxurious private homes around the world have chandeliers made of glass cut into gem-like crystals assembled at places like Wranovsky Bohemian Crystal Lamps in Turov. The Harrachov Glassworks in a beautiful mountainous region 40 kilometres east of Liberec is the oldest continuously-running glass factory in Bohemia. The factory shop has a beguiling collection of wine and beer glasses, vases, and dishes at very reasonable prices. Right next to the factory is a microbrewery and gastropub. The nearby Čerťák ski-jumping centre, a World Cup venue, is just within sight from the large restaurant balcony. Without doubt, Czech beer, especially lager, is often considered the best in the world and at prices 50 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

so ridiculously low, it’s irresistible. The Nová Paka Brewery near Jičín, one of the four breweries in Bohemian Paradise, offers tours in English and tastings of their long list of delicious brews which are exported around the world. The city of Mladá Boleslav located on the route to Prague is famous as the home of the Škoda car factory. Cars and trucks have been manufactured here for more than 120 years. The modern and fascinating factory museum is not only an interest for Škoda owners, but for anyone who’s interested in the history of automobiles. The nearby Metoděj Vlach Aviation Museum has a captivating collection of vintage aircraft that would certainly interest the same crowd of motorheads. “We try to encourage visitors to see the countryside and experience the local life,” says Gérard Keijsper from the Mladá Boleslav Information Centre. “Besides Škoda we have so much to see and experience in this ancient city and area,” he says. Prague is of course a magnificent world city that is justifiably the fifth most visited city in Europe after London, Paris, Istanbul, and Rome, but if you have a few extra days or you just want to experience a more rustic, less crowded, and affordable part of the country then rent a car or take the train to Bohemian Paradise, the hidden gem of the Czech Republic. l

Pete Balding is a Helsinki-based writer and teacher from California. He’s an avid outdoorsman who is inspired by the wild beauty of nature.

Hernan Patiño is a regular contributor to Blue Wings who never tires of travelling. He lives in Helsinki with his wife and three children.


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FOOD WALK Ruokamatkailijan Food Walk -kortilla saat maisteluannoksen viidestä turkulaisia makuja tarjoavasta ravintolasta. Kortin piiriin kuuluu yhteensä kymmenen ravintolaa joista valita. Hyvää ruokahalua!

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orway’s capital city sets the scene for health-conscious travellers owing to its outdoorsy lifestyle and growing range of superb green eats. Organic, locally produced, and vegetarian options are gaining a foothold in Oslo, thanks to imaginative entrepreneurs, decreasing prices, and soaring demand. Kolonihagen restaurant is one of the forerunners of Oslo’s green eating wave. Their first eatery, opened in 2009, serving takeaway sandwiches and coffees, was followed soon after by a restaurant and a bakery, all specialising in organic, locally produced foods. “We believe there’s a health benefit to eating organic and we like to share that with our guests. Hopefully in the future the organic label will no

longer be needed and it will be the standard,” says Kolonihagen’s chef Thomas Kongstad. The restaurant in the Frogner district is housed in old, converted stables with a leafy outdoor eating area, and has become a favourite hangout among locals and a must-visit destination for health-conscious travellers. Like many other farm-to-fork restaurants around the world, Kolonihagen changes its menu once a month to highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients. And while organic farmers are growing in number in ­Norway, the country’s strict regulations on using ­pesticides mean that even non-organic ingredients are cleaner than in many other countries. Chances are you’ll be eating healthy, pure food even when you’re not specifically looking for it. Here are some of our top picks for funky, green eateries:

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The Frogner neighbourhood on Oslo’s swanky west side is best known for its luxury apartments and upscale boutiques. Kolonihagen is a popular organic eatery housed in the inner courtyard of Frognerveien. Best loved for its atmospheric beer garden, rustic interiors, and beetroot salad, the restaurant also brews its own beer and prides itself on an almost exclusively organic wine list. Frognerveien 33, 0263 Oslo kolonihagen.no/restaurant-frogner

Specialising in organic, gluten-free, and vegan foods, PUR Oslo is a rarity in the Norwegian capital. The founder Megan Guertner’s own gluten allergy inspired her to start a food business that caters to a growing clientele with a variety of special dietary requirements. Guertner’s specialities of q ­ uinoa sushi and raw, vegan, peanut ­butter cake, have found a solid fan base among locals. Youngs gate 6, 0181 Oslo puroslo.com

The neighbourhood store Økohjertet (“eco-heart”) looks charmingly old-fashioned with its shelves made of old, wooden grates, but its offering is as ­modern as it gets with an emphasis on cutting out unneccessary waste. “Some 70 per cent of our products are unpackaged,” says founder Robert Crnalic, presenting tubes and jars brimming with lentils, grains, beans, and nuts. Huitfeldts gate 12, 0253 Oslo okohjertet.no

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FINLAND’S RYE-VOLUTION A tasty and treasured part of Finnish culture, rye bread also boasts surprising health benefits. Ingenious bakers in the Finnish capital are discovering new ways to bake this sour delicacy. TEXT BY JENNA VEHVILÄINEN PHOTOS BY ANDREW TAYLOR

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Not all artisan bread is created equal: Patisserie Teemu & Markus hand prepare all rye bread.

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hen Markus Hurskainen was a child, his family never used to buy rye bread. “We always baked it ourselves in our farmhouse. It tasted so good, recalls Hurskainen, who decades later still wakes up every morning before sunrise to bake bread. Now, though, he has a slightly different take on it – and a slightly wider audience. Hurskainen and his business partner Teemu Aura own a tiny bakery cafe located in the heart of Helsinki. “We founded Patisserie Teemu & Markus in 2011. We met while working in the same restaurant and were curious to see if we could start something out of the ordinary on the baking scene,” Aura explains. Hurskainen and Aura have kept their rye bread exclusive; it is available at their bakery and a few small supermarkets around the city only once or twice a week. Even so, its reputation has spread by word-of-mouth among devotees of

artisanal products and the slow food movement. In fact, Hurskainen and Aura are unable – and actually unwilling – to cater to the soaring demand for their coveted rye bread. Frankly, these guys prefer to keep a low profile. Outside the baking scene, too, this innovative duo is busy setting trends on the Helsinki food and restaurant scene. Together with other restaurateurs, they own popular eateries such as Story and Ox. Last year they also wrote a book sharing some of their tips with enthusiastic bread bakers. “Even though we’re planning to expand our bakery production, we don’t plan to go national. The Helsinki region is big enough,” Aura says. UPPER CRUST What, then, are the secret ingredients that make their product so irresistible? Two types of high-quality Finnish rye flour, slow leavening, a top-notch bread oven, and a few other tricks the duo picked up working in the kitchens of ­several different restaurants.


Markus Hurskainen (left) and Teemu Aura founded their baking business in 2011. Below: According to Hurskainen and Aura, it’s the crust that makes the rye bread.

“Rye bread is nothing without a proper crust. Our bread is so crispy it can even be hard to cut,” Hurskainen says. First, the bread dough is left to rise in a cool place for 15 to 20 hours. During baking, water is sprinkled onto a baking tray underneath the bread – which makes the bread soft, yet leaves a crisp crust. Hurskainen, along with many other ­in-the-know bread bakers, seem to obsess about one other detail. For centuries, bakers have used a sourdough starter to add sourness and create viscosity in the dough. The tradition – long dormant during the domination of mass bakery production – is now making a powerful comeback in the hands of innovative bakers. “The sourdough we use gives our rye bread such a nice, bitter taste. It definitely makes a difference,” Hurskainen says. CULTURAL SYMBOL Rye bread is a Finnish culinary institution that dates back centuries. Today it remains among the most popular breads found on Finnish dining tables, consumed throughout the day for breakfast or snacks as well as with lunch and dinner. MAY–JUNE 2017

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Bakers at Leipomo Väyrynen shape the dough into round loaves.

Recently, this dark brown bread was chosen as the country’s national food by nearly 10,000 rye-loving Finns. “In addition to being part of our culinary tradition, rye bread is also a clear cultural symbol that we Finns identify with,” explains Johanna Mäkelä, professor of food culture at the University of Helsinki. According to Mäkelä, Finns carry this tradition with them wherever they go – both symbolically and literally. Many Finnish expats have a habit of asking their visitors to bring along some of their favourite rye bread from home. Some Finnish expats love their rye so passionately that they have even become bakers after moving abroad. One of them is Jali Wahlsten, who offers a tasty slice of Finland at his Nordic Bakery in London. “There’s something so comforting about having a freshly baked slice of rye bread with a bit of butter. It gives us a sense of belonging,” Mäkelä says. SOUR SUPERBREAD In the last two decades, researchers have found yet another good reason for Finns to adore their sour bread. Scientific evidence 58 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017


Freshly baked traditional rye bread (ruislimppu) at Leipomo Väyrynen. Below: The dynamic duo behind Leipomo Väyrynen: Mika and Nina Väyrynen.

confirms that it offers numerous health benefits. “There is something special about rye. We academics call it the ‘rye factor’,” explains Maria Lankinen, a researcher at the Institute of Public Health and C ­ linical Nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland. Rye contains a much greater amount of fibre and magnesium than white bread. It possibly also lowers the risk of type 2 ­diabetes and prevents both cancer and ­cardiovascular diseases, explains Lankinen. “Rye bread definitely deserves to be called a true Finnish superfood,” Lankinen says. BAKERS IN FOUR GENERATIONS Another team of pioneering rye bakers are plying their trade in the Helsinki foodie cluster known as Teurastamo (­ The Abbatoir). Mika Väyrynen has a baker gene blended into his DNA: his family used to own Primula, the renowned bakery known especially for its first-rate rye bread. When Primula’s story came to an end in 2012, Mika and his wife Nina Väyrynen, MAY–JUNE 2017

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FINLAND’S BEST RYE BAKERIES PATISSERIE TEEMU & MARKUS Rye bread is available in this tiny bakery café only on Saturdays. Yrjönkatu 25, Helsinki patisserietm.fi AROMA BAKERI & KONDITORI Try out this artisanal bakery’s saaristolaisleipä, a rye bread with a slight sweet twist that is typical in the Finnish Archipelago. Hovioikeudenpuistikko 11, Vaasa aroma.fi PEKKA HEIKKINEN & KUMPP. With over 100 years of baking experience behind them, Heikkinen & Co bake traditional rye bread that many swear is the best in Finland. Välikatu 7, Kajaani pekkaheikkinen.fi KANNISTON LEIPOMO Kannisto makes several different types of organic rye bread, including rye baguettes, and has bakery cafés all over Helsinki. Several locations, e.g. Kankurinkatu 6, Helsinki kannistonleipomo.fi AALLON LEIPOMO Ylöjärvi-based traditional Aalto Bakery makes all its rye bread with great attention to detail and with no food additives. Market Hall, Hämeenkatu 19, Tampere aallonleipomo.com 60 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

Leipomo Väyrynen’s rye seed bread is a fan favourite.

together with Mika’s second cousin and his wife, decided to keep the family’s heritage alive by starting their own business, Leipomo Väyrynen (Bakery Väyrynen). The family’s baking legacy is still going strong, but the old recipes are impossible to duplicate exactly. “Humidity, temperature, sourdough starter. Everything makes a difference. Recipes need constant revamping,” Mika explains. The Väyrynens work hard to keep up the family’s reputation in whatever they do. Everything that comes out of their oven is handmade and organic, and all the main ingredients are sourced locally. “The sourdough starter we use is over 100 years old. It’s almost like a member of the family,” says Mika, with a smile. TRADITION VS. INNOVATION These days, Leipomo Väyrynen mostly sells its bread to Helsinki-based restaurants and grocery stores. “Traditional rye bread called ruislimppu is still the most popular bread among our customers,” Mika explains. As much as they value tradition, the Väyrynens keep their minds open to new

trends. With clean eating emerging as the next big thing, they have developed a new rye seed bread catering especially to health-conscious crowds. “It’s our way of modernising ­tradition. I think the most traditional rye fans wouldn’t call this ‘rye bread’ as it’s not made entirely from rye flour. Still, some people simply love it," he says. l

Jenna Vehviläinen is a Finnish-Italian journalist who constantly travels between her two home countries. She dreams of starting a food tour business in Rome. Andrew Taylor is a British photographer living in Helsinki. His main hobbies are mountains and pizza!


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DESTINATION ÅLAND

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MAGNIFICENT WRECKS An amazing cluster of sunken beauties awaits in the low-saline waters of the Baltic Sea archipelago. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY HERNAN PATIÑO

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ÅLAND MARITIME MUSEUM

The crew from the Pommern in its g­ lory days (1934). Built in 1903, the Pommern is now a museum ship.

Items rescued from the Plus schooner. The underwater deadeye from the Plus schooner

Jan-Ola Karlsson and the anchor from the Plus schooner

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ur diving guide, Jan-Ola Karlsson, shares a story about his great-grandfather who was a sailor from Mariehamn. “He helped rescue some of the crew when the Plus sank one stormy night in December 1933,” Karlsson says with pride. That tragic night, two schooners, the Plus and Fred, sank around midnight just as they were approaching port for winter maintenance. The Plus was a mighty, three-masted, 70-metre rig that now slumbers 17 to 36 metres beneath the sea – and is today the site of one of Åland’s most popular dives. Åland is an autonomous region of ­Finland made up of over 6,700 islands. The ­archipelago is scattered with an astoundingly high concentration of wrecks: the total is estimated to be 1,200, but only 600 have been discovered so far. The wrecks are

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also remarkably well preserved thanks to the ­Baltic Sea’s low salinity – keeping shipworms at bay – plus strict diving legislation protecting ancient relics. The oldest shipwreck in the archipelago dates from 1580 and was found in Götby in 2008. Åland made worldwide news in 2010 with the discovery of a mid-19th century schooner carrying a cargo of 162 intact champagne bottles and five beer bottles. Some of the champagne bottles were auctioned – a bottle of Veuve Clicquot sold for 30,000 euros in 2010 – and Stallhagen, a local microbrewery, even launched a beer recreating the original recipe of the 200-year-old brew found on the wreck. In addition to being a great diving destination, Åland’s inspiring scenery, friendly hospitality, and fresh local food offer visitors plenty to see and taste after a rewarding dive. l

DEEP DOWN Divers have access to 50-100 wrecks in Åland’s fascinating waters, and 85 per cent of these ships rest at an accessible depth of 10 to 40 metres. Underwater visibility can be as high as 15 metres, though usually six metres on average. The best times of the year for diving in Åland are spring and autumn. Permits can be obtained from local diving centres or the Åland Maritime Museum. visitaland.com/en sjofartsmuseum.ax/en facebook.com/siriusdyk


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t the age of 17, after for more of this, Finland’s universities have eight years of piano leslaunched the Helsinki Challenge, a compesons and miserable thetition for science-based innovative ideas. ory lessons, I concluded Over 120 teams signed up for this year’s that I had no musical round. Twenty finalists will be coached talent whatsoever. The to further develop their projects, which realisation hit me after meeting a friend tackle challenges such as the digitalisation who improvised jazz without ever having of education, urban loneliness, the health attended a single piano lesson. My parof soil ecosystems, and sustainable transents believed I had inherited the music port. The competition is part of F ­ inland’s gene: after all, my family had produced a centenary jubilee programme and it will long line of musicians, opera singers, and culminate in November in an award cereven a pop star. emony where the Last March, winning team in the café of the receives 375,000 CROSS-DISCIPLINARY, CROSS- euros to implement Helsinki Music Centre, I watched BORDER COLLABORATION IS their idea. Jukka Louhivuori A new record of WHAT DRIVES INNOVATION. demonstrate the 2.5 million patents SmartHand prowere filed worldject – an invention wide in 2015. The that transforms your hand into a musical driver of this surge in innovation is crossinstrument. He pulled on a leather disciplinary, cross-border collaboration. glove equipped with 12 textileRather than relying on local expertise, integrated sensors attached to smart scientists, innovators, and compathe fingertips. He a­ ctivated nies find via the Internet the best collabohis iPad, chose “saxophone,” rators across the world, defying instituand started tapping the sentional and geographical borders. sors. A beautiful saxophone However, a university research backtune emerged. ground or company setting is not always SmartHand is a “wearrequired to breed brilliant ideas. Take able” instrument that can Perttu Pölönen who was still in high be used anywhere, even in school when he invented Musiclock, a confined spaces such as an tool that makes learning music theory and aircraft. It is a teaching tool scales easy. The young Finn won the 2013 that makes studying music European Union Contest for Young Scienappealingly simple: even tists in 2013 and Musiclock was one of the small children quickly learn most popular apps downloaded in 2015 in how to use and love it. With the App Store. special software developed Had innovations such as SmartHand for the glove, you can play any and Musiclock been around during my instrument in any band or o ­ rchestra youth, my experience with the piano might by erasing a particular track in an have been a happier one. l existing recording. Louhivuori is a professor of Professor MARJA MAKAROW is director of music education at the University of Biocenter Finland and a board member of the Jyväskylä in Central Finland. He is European Institute of Innovation and Technolamong the smart researchers who are ogy. She is former chief executive of the transforming their clever ideas into European Science Foundation and vice rector of new products and services. Hungry the University of Helsinki.

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PROFESSIONALS FINLAND 100 YEARS EDITION

Professionals is a commercial supplement produced by Editor Helsinki | May–June 2017 | www.editori.fi

UPM DEVELOPS CLEANER WAYS

TO RUN PAPER MILLS page 3

Algol: Providing value since 1894 | page 4

Handelsbanken: Eyes fixed on China’s consumer space | page 8

Luxurious sauna & spa experience with Harvia | page 15


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A Cup Of Refreshment And Joy UPM Develops Cleaner Ways To Run Paper Mills Algol: Providing Value Since 1894 Added Value Through High-Quality Engineering Services Escarmat Is The Place For Reliable Automation Know-How Ramismart: The Smart Way To Manage Work Sites Eyes Fixed On China’s Consumer Space BDO Is Passionate About Exceptional Client Service The Port Of Kokkola – Growing And Successful Turnkey Suppliers For Cruise Ships Are Living In A Period Of Growth Delivers Facts For Optimal Process Improvement From A Packaging Company To A Leading Producer Of Technical Laminates Lillbacka Powerco, A Family Business, Is Bringing Crimping Technology Into The Digital Age Port Traffic Is Booming In The Port Of Hanko Get Empowered By The Koli National Landscape Rovaniemi Is By Nature The Arctic Design Capital Create Your Perfect Relaxation And Spa Experience With Harvia Tips For Business Travellers – How To Cope Better With Travel In Everyday Life

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“Even great Finnish artists, visited Koli for inspiration.“

THIS ISSUE OF PROFESSIONALS celebrates the 100 year old Finland! It gives you an insight into companies active in international markets. Innovations, competence, products and processes are all aimed at bringing state of the art solutions and services to the global market. PROFESSIONALS is a publication produced by Editor Helsinki. Editor Helsinki is an independent expert in business communications. We work in close co-operation with the leading media houses and reach the business decision makers in Finland. For additional information, please contact Valtteri Rantalainen | +358 40 561 7703

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“We still need to live in accordance with nature.”

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A CUP OF REFRESHMENT AND JOY

Over the millennia, tea has refreshed, calmed, and provided a vast experience of flavours. There has always been a right tea for every occasion, and each flavour can further enhance each palate. The passion of the Finnish tea house, Nordqvist, is to combine the aromas and flavours found in Finnish nature with the sophisticated taste of tea.

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Finns have had the opportunity to enjoy Nordqvist teas for nearly 40 years; and in recent years, it has also been available in Scandinavia, Central Europe, and Japan. For instance, Moomin Tea is available in the World of Delights shops in a number of airports, and of course in the Moomin Shop at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. “Our aim is to expand and offer high-quality Finnish tea all around the world. Our new factory will be completed in Nurmijärvi in 2018,” says Riku Nordqvist. MLS | www.norqvist.fi |

Riku Nordqvist presents his company’s new teas. In honour of the 100th anniversary of Finland, we have developed a signature Finnish tea (available in June), where blueberries are combined with high-quality Assam. The Moomin family is also always expanding with a number of new offerings nearly every year; the latest is the Wintry Moomin Tastes in a gift package. Additionally, a cold-brewed ice tea – The Emperor’s Bride, has just been launched.


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TO RUN PAPER MILLS UPM’s Changshu Mill in China is one of the most advanced paper mills in the world. It was created to produce a variety of high-quality products as cleanly and as efficiently as possible. but we clean and reuse the same water. After purification water is returned to River Yangtze.” SUSTAINABILITY IS THE KEY

Pentti Putkinen, General Manager at UPM and Timo Heinonen, Director of UPM’s Changshu Mill project.

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his is really a showcase and benchmark,” says General Manager Pentti Putkinen. “Changshu Mill was developed to lead the way not only for UPM, but for the entire global industry.” The mill can produce fine and technical papers, and this unusual flexibility is extremely challenging, particularly when sustainability is such a high priority. Timo Heinonen, who was Project Director, uses water as an example. “Water is important in paper production, but we want to minimise water usage,” he explains. “Multiple products use different raw materials,

Water usage is now approximately 5-6 cubic metres per tonne, but UPM is not satisfied with this impressively low figure. The company aims to cut current usage in half within a few years. The Changshu Mill also has advanced methods of reducing air emissions and effluent discharge, including cutting-edge gas desulfurization and water denitrification. High efficiency reduces energy usage, helping both the environment and cost savings. These are concrete benefits of UPM’s philosophy of resource efficiency and minimising impact on the environment. “Sustainability is a top priority for UPM, and I don’t mean only clean technology,” continues Putkinen. “We also focus on operations, such as the safety and well-being of workers.” HIGHLY VALUED PARTNERSHIP

Another key to this philosophy is responsible sourcing. UPM wants to work with partners who share the same ideas on sustainability.

“We audit important partners,” explains Heinonen. “We went to different sites of our construction contractors to see for ourselves how they run their operations. We see their respect for the environment and the health and safety of their workers. With all our sourcing we find partners with the same values as us.” The More with Biofore in China Programme aims to improve UPM’s global leadership in environmental performance and utilising future technologies. The Changshu paper mill is a pilot to see how to further improve sustainability. “The mill can be used as a development spearhead,” Heinonen says. “We will continue to improve, and the knowledge gained in Changshu can be transferred to UPM mills everywhere around the world.” DC

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ALGOL: PROVIDING VALUE SINCE 1894 Algol sees their role in the internationalisation of Finland’s economy as more important than ever.

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o build high you need sturdy foundations, and few Finnish companies have stronger foundations than Algol. In 1894 they began life by importing industrial goods needed by Finnish businesses. They do the same thing today, and are even owned by the same family. Magnus and Alexander Bargum are father and son, representing the third and fourth generations of Algol owners. Magnus is on the board of directors while Alexander is Group CEO. Algol has operations in eleven countries and is a distribution and service specialist in the chemical, technical and healthcare sectors. It is a different business from when it was born, but the core values remain the same. Those foundations laid when Finland was still a Russian Grand Duchy are allowing Algol to build even higher in the 21st Century. CORE VALUES HOLD TRUE

Finland is celebrating its 100th year of independence in 2017, and Algol has been part of the great changes which took the country from an agricultural backwater to a top-tier industrial nation. Since their foundation Algol has participated in building an international trade network to help Finland industrialise. Today the economic challenge is different, but the philosophy still holds true. “Finland is highly dependent on imported raw materials and components in order for its own export industry to operate,” says Alexander. “The more we turn into a country of specialised manufacturing, the greater the role of value-adding importers and distributors. Today our role is not a link in the logistics chain, but a true partner in a global ecosystem of businesses.” Alexander says one of their missions is to enhance the competitiveness of their industrial customers by providing not only high-quality products but also a wide range of service solutions. “Being active in the healthcare sector is another essential part of our business,” he continues. “Whether we help other businesses, doctors and nurses, or individual patients, we do it with the same commitment to the well-being of our customer.” BENEFITS OF OPENNESS

Algol’s founder, Albert Goldbeck-Löwe, was a German who saw the benefits of trade for Finland. Throughout their history the company has championed the benefits of open borders and free trade. Algol began their international expansion in the early 1990s and it still continues today, based on a long-term multi-market approach.

“That is what our business partners expect, and for us it has been of great value both in terms of growth and diversification,” says Magnus. “That is one nice thing about being a family company,” Alexander explains. “Sometimes listed corporations are accused of focusing too much on the short term and taking too long to make decisions. A family company is able to make decisions quickly but has a long-term view.” THE NEXT 100 YEARS

Algol has been part of Finland’s first 100 years of independence and are looking forward to the next century. They believe their core values of accountability, collaboration and continuous development will serve them well going forward. “Change is happening so quickly, it is impossible to tell what the world will look like even in one year,” says Magnus. “But the heritage of Algol gives us a solid base and we have been through major disruptions before. Digitalisation is changing how we do business, but even 100 years from now companies will need local service just like they do today.” “I like to think of us as part of the solution going forward,” concludes Alexander. “Our brand promise is ‘Your supplier of value’ because that is exactly what we do. In the future the world will still need an entrepreneurial spirit, confidence and belief in the future like we have at Algol – and which are essential for any business. We look forward to serving our customers’ needs for the next 100 years.” DC | www.algol.fi |

ABOUT ALGOL Business areas: Service, wholesale and distribution of chemicals, raw materials, technology and health care Group companies: Algol Chemicals, Algol Technics, Algol Trehab, Algol Diagnostics, Histolab Products, Suomen Unipol Sales: 166 MEUR (est. 2016) EBITDA: 6.3 MEUR (est. 2016) Employees: ca. 450


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ADDED VALUE THROUGH HIGH-QUALITY

ENGINEERING SERVICES Jimexo Tech Oy from Tampere is a fast-growing company that provides versatile technical preplanning and implementation planning services as well as an expertise in safety services. The engineering company was established in 2010 and already employs over 40 people; they are aiming their services at the country’s capital region.

“As an agile actor, we also react quickly in recruiting.”

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he company has received excellent feedback on its engineering projects; consistently meeting their customer’s needs, the projects are technologically functional and financially profitable. Timo Heinisuo, CEO and founder of Jimexo, credits his employees for their success. “Our skilled employees have a key part in ensuring quality. This means ensuring that there are no engineering errors and that costs and schedules are adhered to.” In addition to a focus on employee wellbeing, Jimexo has focused on communication, marketing, sales and lead generation. “We have productized our services into five categories that appeal to customers. In these, we try to find ready concepts and in pricing we also have a new model, which makes our customers enthusiastic, explains Heinisuo.” EL

Timo Heinisuo, CEO and founder of Jimexo

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ESCARMAT IS

THE PLACE FOR RELIABLE AUTOMATION KNOW-HOW Escarmat advocates that speed and reliability are of the essence in all client projects. ”A contract manufacturer cannot be the bottleneck in a client’s projects. That is why our security of supply is 100%,” states CEO Veikko Junttila.

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lectrical engineering and automation operations are activities where you need uncompromising workmanship, speed, and flexibility. “Reliability is our trump card. This means that our activities are high quality from start to finish and that we keep up even in the tightest of client project schedules. According to a recent report, our security of supply was 100% and quality 99% – numbers we stick to.” Escarmat Ltd, which was founded in 1994, employs more than 90 experts in Vaasa. “I think that the fact that we have been able to retain our position as a partner of global players like ABB and Wärtsila during our entire time of operation, partnerships that are still going on, bears testimony to the competence of our employees.” A STRAIGHTFORWARD PARTNER

According to Junttila, Escarmat’s goal is to act as the most trusted partner for its clients, in logic and automation skills. “We are seeking long-term partnerships in order to be able to complement others with our own competencies; the core operations of machine and instrument manufacturers in a comprehensive way, regardless of whether they are automation, electrification or engineering operations. It is easy to work with us: we are straightforward and approachable and our organization is ready to react quickly to the needs of the clients.” MH | www.escarmat.com/en |


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Tomi Anttila, Development Manager at Ramirent in Finland.

RAMISMART: THE SMART

WAY TO MANAGE WORK SITES It is difficult to manage equipment and activities at a work site, but Ramirent has developed a solution. RamiSmart collects the best practices and systems of Ramirent’s digital services into one comprehensive solution. Now there is no need to log in to several different services to view activities and manage equipment on a construction site.

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e carefully studied what construction sites use and need,” says Tomi Anttila, Development Manager at Ramirent in Finland. “Many ideas came from customers, but we also developed some RamiSmart features to meet needs they may not realise they have.” Ramirent, an equipment rental leader in ten European countries, also develops rental-related services, including digital tools to support customers in their daily use of the equipment, improving safety and productivity. One RamiSmart feature is a time and attendance manager for the labour force reporting requirements in the Nordic markets. This can be combined with a gate system which controls access to

a site. RamiSmart also has browser-based camera surveillance and an IoT system to monitor curing concrete. MACHINES AND KNOWLEDGE

At the core of RamiSmart is machine control. In the sharing economy Ramirent helps to share both machines and knowledge. An open calendar feature allows workers to share resources and reserve machines for different times even within the same day. The inventory system allows more machines to be rented or excess equipment to be returned. “This is a way to optimise resources to fit the actual need,” explains Anttila. “This is much more efficient and improves both safety and productivity.” Access rights can be managed for different machines, making sure only appropriate personnel use the correct equipment and making the site a safer place to work. When permission is granted via wireless connection the worker can immediately use the machine. “Multiple users or companies can utilise the machine several times during the same day – a real sharing economy and eco-efficient feature,” adds Anttila.

New features are being piloted, like rental equipment budgeting which allows site managers to plan their equipment needs in advance. Although Nordic construction companies are the main users of the RamiSmart system at present, Anttila points out that it can also work in factories, mines or other sites. “We built RamiSmart to help the customer. Efficiency and safety is improved, resources are used more productively, and costs are lowered with this eco-friendly system,” says Anttila. “If someone would like to learn more or contribute with new ideas to RamiSmart they should give us a call. We are always open for new ideas and business opportunities with great companies and people.” DC | www.ramirent.com |


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Johan Andrén, General Manager of Handelsbanken Hong Kong

EYES FIXED ON CHINA’S CONSUMER SPACE The yarn of nationalism and protectionism is spreading across the American and European Commerces in China. At the same time, China’s growth is slowing down causing the world´s biggest market to tighten up its capital control and make strong restrictions to their cross border payment flows. Foreign companies are now looking for a new Chinese rule book.

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andelsbanken is the most international bank in the Nordic region and stands by to assist corporations in more than 20 countries and in China, they’ve done business for already 35 years. Handelsbanken’s local branches are the kings of the pile having the access to various trade markets – all the way from Shanghai, Singapore, Mumbai, Jakarta and Sydney to Rovaniemi. Even though a shift is seen in the way that one should engage business with Chinese counterparties, China is still a huge, important and interesting opportunity for foreign companies. The country of over 1,3 billion people offers massive possibilities in investment and consumption. Five years ago, when the economy of China was on the upswing it was the companies selling mining and construction equipment that where enjoying the profits. Now, the area of brightness is in the consumer space. “Nordic brands such as IKEA and H&M are doing well. Also, the environmental and medical sector are rising. Ten years ago, “one size fits all” was the rule book, and all sectors where enjoying good business in China, but now the market is more complicated,” Johan Andrén, General Manager of Handelsbanken Hong Kong, states. Currently, China is one of Handelsbanken’s most important areas of international business, and the reason is clear: the yearly export from Finland to China is about 2,5 billion euros and from China to Finland even more than that. In addi-

tion, there are more than 400 Finnish companies in China which employ tens of thousands of people locally. THE CHAMPION OF GLOBALIZATION

Despite the decreasing numbers in GDP growth, the future of China looks bright. The world´s biggest stock market, in respect to daily turnover, is in Shanghai, the second in Shenzhen and only third comes the renowned New York Stock Exchange. China´s president Xi Jinping truly wants to be the champion of the globalization and has managed to take hundreds of millions of Chinese people out of poverty and is transforming the economy from an investment and export driven growth model towards a more sustainable consumption driven growth model. On the other hand, if there shall be more protectionism and nationalism detected from the U.S. and Europe the intra-Asian trade will become much more accessible for China. China has launched several international initiatives, such as the Belt and road project which aims to create economic growth and stability through investments in 62 countries along the ancient Silk Route and the seaways towards Africa and the Mediterranean Sea. The old networks of trade are re-appearing from the dust. “Trade can be seen as a positive factor in the conflicts that China has in the South China Sea. Trade stabilizes the effects of tensions in Asia,” Andrén says.

Jukka Kuusala, Head of Trade & Export Finance & Cash Management Sales at Handelsbanken Finland

When it comes to the U.S. president Donald Trump and his clear messages about the new administration’s trade policy, one positive is that China clearly understands that change is necessary in order to maintain relations with the United States. “In a way, China appreciates that there are no hidden messages and that the other side’s opinion is made crystal clear. The new U.S. administration is transaction based and not so much policy based which gives clarity in to the communication,” Andrén discusses. “Whoever is involved in trade and investments in China needs to pay attention to the changing complexion of globalisation. Knowledge is important when navigating in changing global world and Handelsbanken does comprehensive economic reviews about the business atmosphere of international trade and cooperates with companies in all this,” Jukka Kuusala, Head of Trade & Export Finance & Cash Management Sales at Handelsbanken Finland, adds. The future looks promising also in the Chinese zodiac point of view. The year of the lively monkey has finally shifted to a rooster’s more docile mind set. Monkey being an unpredictable and volatile animal that causes black swan events such as brexits and incalculable election results, the rooster is a more stable partner, which hopefully bodes well for 2017. PT | www.handelsbanken.com |


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Eija Kuittinen and Joonas Selenius exchanging news at BDO Finland.

THE PORT OF KOKKOLA

– GROWING AND

SUCCESSFUL BDO IS PASSIONATE ABOUT EXCEPTIONAL

CLIENT SERVICE Smart business crystallizes as exceptional client service in the everyday life of BDO, one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting organisations. But what does it mean for you?

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roviding smart business services is not just an extra from us; it’s our primary focus. We want to understand what our clients feel is essential, from their point of view, in order to be able to offer the best expertise and in-depth industry insight,” emphasizes Eija Kuittinen, Leader, Corporate Finance and Transactions. The service options offered by BDO are Audit, Tax & Legal, Business Services & Outsourcing, and Advisory services. AUDITS IDENTIFY DEVELOPMENT AREAS

Auditor Joonas Selenius agrees. “In my mind, a statutory audit is an excellent chance to identify development areas in the client’s processes. For example, it could mean a risk assessment, where one reduces the risks of irregularities in the purchasing and sales processes.” “It may astonish somebody to hear that auditing is a place for innovation; but it is exactly that for us, because we live the client’s everyday life through the figures,” Kuittinen adds.

During the last decade, the traffic volumes of the Port of Kokkola have more than doubled, and the long-term development of its operations also received international recognition when, in February 2017, it was named the European Port of the Month.

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he CEO Torbjörn Witting, is delighted at the port’s selection, and thanks long-term customer relationships and cooperation partners for their part in it. “Especially as of late, our development has been strong. At the moment, we are Finland’s third largest port complex, with the largest bulk port and the largest transit port in the country. Container traffic is also growing nicely.” The Port of Kokkola consists of three separate harbours, each efficiently handling different types of bulk transports from Central and Northern Finland, Russia, as well as the Kokkola region. The newest, Silverstone Port and the Deep Port are 10 and 30 years old respectively. Thanks to the deepwater channel, the big cranes and goods handling equipment, there have been 180 000 DWT vessels handled over the years. “Our specialized ports and operating logistics form an efficient entirety that enables versatile and very competitive services for our customers. Our All Weather terminal, for instance, the only one under a roof in the Nordics, significantly optimizes goods handling, says Witting as a reminder.” MLS | www.portofkokkola.fi |

EXPERIENCE + FRESH EYES = WORKS!

Exceptional client service also means that experienced professionals and young experts work hard, together, in the best interests of the client. “It’s a fine thing that young doers have space for innovations of their own here. I also appreciate that our company is at the very cutting edge of technology,” Selenius states. Internationalization also adds an additional competitive edge to expert work. BDO is a global company that works in 158 countries with more than 67 000 professionals. Of these, 170 top experts work in Finland. MH | www.bdo.fi |

The different Port of Kokkola sections are specialized in dark and light bulk as well as general cargo. In terms of volume, the biggest is the Deep Port that is specialized in dark bulk.


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TURNKEY SUPPLIERS FOR CRUISE SHIPS

ARE LIVING IN A PERIOD OF GROWTH The bright prospects of cruise ships and ferries offer growth opportunities for many companies in the industry. One of the fastest growing of these is R&M Ship Technologies Finland Oy, a member of the international Rheinhold & Mahla Group, which offers shipyards and ship owners interior outfitting on board ships as turnkey solutions.

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lients value cost-effective and high-quality turnkey deliveries on time. R&M Ship Technologies Finland Oy responds to demands with a wide portfolio of products and services- from newbuild to maintenance. According to Managing partner Andrus Junolainen, very few companies in the world are capable of delivering the same. “We capitalize 130 years old company`s own manufacturing and operations available in Europe, Asia, and North America. Our trustworthiness, operating reliability, and adherence to client timetables are top of the class, because our employees are the best in their field and highly motivated. We also understand our clients’ language and culture all over the world – while not forgetting our own nordic roots.” EL R&M Ship Technologies Finland Oy, which is specialized in interior outfitting on board ships, has a focus on the Nordic, Baltic, the rest of European and North American markets. The company’s clients are shipyards and shipping companies, among others Meyer Turku, RMC, Fjordline and RCCL. | www.rm-group.com |

DELIVERS FACTS FOR

OPTIMAL PROCESS IMPROVEMENT The QPR ProcessAnalyzer analyzes transactional data to show what actually happens in business processes. The comprehensive overview gained with process mining aids decision makers to take correct actions when enhancing their productivity related to company operations – through robotics and automation.

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usiness development manager Marja Rajamäki emphasizes that peoples’ idea of a company’s business process flows often deviates quite a lot from the reality. When starting a data-driven analysis, we define the process scope with the customer to capture the relevant data and understand how processes run and perform in reality. “QPR ProcessAnalyzer increases transparency. Through transactional data, it becomes clear for our customers, which phases of the process are standard enough to be automated. At the same time, any further development needed for automation to be profitable are also revealed,” specifies Rajamäki. “In QPR’s data-driven process analysis, we can choose to focus even on a single process step up to a comprehensive end-to-end view on the whole process. It is then easy for the customer to develop their operations based on facts,” explains Senior Vice President Matti Erkheikki. MLS | www.qpr.com | QPR ProcessAnalyzer helps companies find the biggest potential for automation in their business processes, emphasize Marja Rajamäki and Matti Erkheikki.


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Paperituote, current Walki, started its operations in Myllysaari paper mill building.

FROM A PACKAGING COMPANY

TO A LEADING PRODUCER OF TECHNICAL LAMINATES Finland’s centenary celebration this year gives us the chance to look into our own history too. Walki is no longer just about packaging materials.

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s Finland now enters into its 100th year as an independent nation, the country can look back at a fascinating journey that has beaten the odds several times. The country’s 100-year-old history as an independent nation is closely tied to several companies’ evolutions. Walki is one of them. Slightly younger than Finland, the 86-year old company has been transformed from a local packaging company into a highly international materials science company. The company founder, Rudolf Walden, was instrumental not only for Walki’s history but also when it came to creating and shaping the independent nation. He founded the Paperituote plant in Valkeakoski in 1931. FROM PACKAGING TO PRODUCER OF INTELLIGENT MULTI-LAMINATES

Since then, Walki’s journey towards an international company has involved different tosses and turns. The company was part of the Yhtyneet Paperitehtaat company (now UPM) and in 2007 Finnish investment company Capman became the main owner. The company has gone from being a packaging company (one of the first in Finland) into a diverse materials company present in all markets crucial to

today’s way of life. Today Walki is a leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, specialising in the production of fibre-based, intelligent, multi-laminate products for the various markets. Looking beyond Finland’s borders has always been important to the company. ”Walki was very early on internationalising the company. We opened our first plant abroad in Steinfurt, Germany, in 1979,” says the company’s current CEO Leif Frilund.

”Walki has been a pioneer in the internationalization,” says Walki CEO Leif Frilund.

”The Finns have always turned to the forest for food and shelter. This has laid the foundation for a deep respect for nature,” says Frilund. ECO-FRIENDLY SOLUTIONS

Today sustainability and resource efficiency can be discerned in every aspect of the company. ”We still need to live in accordance with nature,” he says. | www.walki.com |

SUSTAINABILITY PART OF THE WALKI HISTORY

The paper and forestry industry has been instrumental in putting Finland on the world map. But as globalisation and digitalisation has changed the game, a lot of companies have had to change tack. Finland’s fondness of technology has come in handy. Today Walki is more of a technology company than anything else with innovative products for the construction, packaging and still also the paper and board industries. One thing that hasn’t change for neither Finland nor Walki is the respect for nature. In Walki’s early days it was about converting wood fibers into packaging materials.

WALKI IN BRIEF Walki Group is a leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, specializing in the production of fibre based, intelligent, multilaminate products for markets ranging from energy saving construction facings and construction membranes to barrier packaging applications. The Group has plants in Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, the UK, Russia and China with a workforce of about 900 people. Annual net sales for the Group are over 300 million Euros.


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LILLBACKA POWERCO, A FAMILY BUSINESS,

IS BRINGING CRIMPING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE DIGITAL AGE Lillbacka Powerco Oy from Härmä, Finland, well known for its crimping technology and the manufacturing of metalworking machines, is bringing traditional engineering technology up to date by digitalizing technical solutions and practices.

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illbacka Powerco Oy, which was founded by Industrial Counselor Jorma Lillbacka in 1969, is currently the world’s leading manufacturer of hydraulic hose crimping machines. The company is now aiming at digitalizing its activities and technology, and integrating them into the broader manufacturing processes.

Lillbacka Powerco’s hose crimping machines are widely sold to the pipe and hose industry, the cable industry, the automotive industry, and the oil and gas industry, among others.

“Jorma Lillbacka’s motto ‘the impossible we do immediately, the insurmountable takes some time’ carries the company even today.” “This way, we are able to offer our customers new advantages through an optimized manufacturing process, as well as even better quality assurance, and cost savings,” says Powerco’s Sales and Marketing director Markus Kihlström. Behind the family-business’ success is a focus on customers, uncompromising quality, product development, and the strong FinnPower brand. At the moment, product development is focussed on electronic control systems and device integration.

“Along with digitalization, you can start managing product information, as well as manufacturing and quality information in the control of the crimping machine. This collected data is essential. When machines are integrated with broader systems, as they will be in the future, you can control and monitor them over the web. With the new remote control opportunities, customers can monitor the quality and efficiency of their production even better, while also securing product information documentation,” reports Powerco’s Business Manager Mika Luopajärvi. More than 90% of the company’s production is exported. According to Kihlström and Luopajärvi, this is due to Jorma Lillbacka’s open-mindedness and understanding of customer needs. The family-owned company has made courageous decisions and acted experimentally

from the beginning. Jorma’s describes it as a mind-set of: “The impossible we do immediately, the insurmountable takes some time,” which still applies today. EL | powerco.lillbacka.com |

Lillbacka Powerco Oy manufactures hose crimping machines, hose cutters and skiving machines for service and serial manufacturing. Approximately 95% of Powerco’s production is exported to more than 60 countries in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Contact information: Markus Kihlström, Sales and Marketing Director, tel. 040 558 3245


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GET EMPOWERED BY A new cement import terminal will be opened in Koverhar Harbour in April 2017. Koverhar Harbour has also been booked for the intermediate storage of the gas pipes of the Swiss Nord Stream 2 AG.

PORT TRAFFIC IS BOOMING IN THE PORT OF HANKO The Port of Hanko is the second largest liner shipping port for truck and trailer traffic in Finland, and the fifth largest commercial port in the country. The Port of Hanko is also Finland’s car import centre and big volumes of Finnish forest industry products find their way thru the port.

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he Port of Hanko is comprised of the Western Harbour, which is focused on liner shipping; the Outer Harbour, which is concentrated on car imports, and (as a new addition) Koverhar Harbour. In April 2017, a cement import terminal, belonging to the Peab Group, will be opened in Koverhar.

“Port of Hanko business areas are international liner traffic, roro, car, truck, and container traffic, special transports, heavy special loads to Europe.” “We are deepening the port basin, reconstructing the quays and building new port storage areas. A significant portion of the storage capacity in Koverhar has already been booked for the intermediate storage of the gas pipes of the Swiss Nord Stream 2 AG, up until the year 2020,” says CEO Anders Ahlvik. The Port of Hanko offers daily connections to the German ports Lübeck and Rostock and connections to Gdynia in Poland by both Transfennica and Finnlines. The DFDS´s Ro-Pax line also offers a connection to Paldiski in Estonia nine times a week; and, lastly, there are also four departures a week to Antwerp and Tilbury in London, which are the most important cooperation ports for the North Sea traffic. EL | www.portofhanko.fi |

THE KOLI NATIONAL LANDSCAPE From the windows of Break Sokos Hotel Koli, situated in Koli national park, unfolds an empowering scene that peers into the heart of one-hundred-year-old Finland.

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he Koli national park landscape is a part of the national history of the hundred-year-old country of Finland. Even great Finnish artists, such as Sibelius and Eero Järnefelt visited Koli for inspiration. “Sibelius visited on his honeymoon, and the painter Eero Järnefelt and his wife sought inspiration for his work in the mythically beautiful Koli landscapes,” says Jukka-Pekka Pesonen, the hotel manager of Break Sokos Hotel Koli. Best of all, the hotel itself is situated just inside the heart of the national park, it is only 200 metres to the best view-point, and the hiking trails start immediately outside the hotel doors. “Hotel Koli is undoubtedly situated at the best view-point in Finland. Nature is tangibly close and the Ukko Nature Centre is also situated in the courtyard. In 2016, more than 180 000 guests visited the national park.” A PERFECT SPA EXPERIENCE FOR A SOPHISTICATED TASTE

Hotel Koli’s Relax Spa also takes spa vacations to the next level. “Our intimate, luxurious and incorporated into the landscape spa, is designed according to adult tastes. The entire spa area is licensed, and in the evenings, we have an 18+ age limit. In this way, we can guarantee a peaceful and empowering spa experience. You can experience a complete breakaway from everyday life, for instance, by enjoying bubbly on a scenic terrace or connecting with the world of Sibelius in the sound and light pool. The experience is completed by a mind- and body-cleansing sauna journey in a Finnish, aroma or steam sauna.” MH Reservations and enquiries

tel +358 20 1234 662 sales.koli@sok.fi | www.kolirelaxspa.fi/en | | www.sokoshotels.fi/en/koli/sokos-hotel-koli/spa |


Rovaniemi-based ILAHU Snowsurfboards are designed and made to be at home on Lapland’s fells. The company behind ILAHU, Treeform, received the Arctic Design Company of the Year prize in 2016. Treeform was founded by Jan Leutola and Maxim Narbough who were inspired by the arctic nature to hand-create the ecologic snowboard. | ilahuboards.com |

Panu Vapaavalta, CEO of Amandan Healthcare Ltd

ROVANIEMI IS BY NATURE

THE ARCTIC DESIGN CAPITAL With the temperature well below zero, the landscape covered with snow, and the night sky lit up with the Aurora Borealis, Rovaniemi is the perfect platform for Arctic design.

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hat is ‘Arctic design’ and why is Rovaniemi called the Arctic Design Capital? ‘The Arctic design perspective combines the demands of Arctic conditions, top research and training in the field, creative industry expertise, and Northern culture,” says Tuula Rintala-Gardin from the city of Rovaniemi. Arctic know-how draws on traditional materials in Rovaniemi. “In addition to spectacular snow and ice constructions, we have a long tradition of manufacturing products from Lappish wood, reindeer skin and bone, as well as from Lapland gold. Northern touch is often associated with coldness, but it also means good quality, cool and fresh design. Northern colour palette covers moments of blue twilight in winter, golden midnight sun in summer and all the shades of dancing Northern lights. Arctic also combines the right know-how with the right design.” The companies of the region often take advantage of their Arctic background and design, as do events like the Arctic Design Week. “Every year we award the prize for Arctic Design Company of the Year. Through the award, the city of Rova-

niemi and Rovaniemi Development Ltd want to display the company that has boldly used design in their operations and embraced Arctic into their business.” IN THE HEART OF THE COLD

This year, the prize was awarded to Amandan Healthcare Ltd. The company developed a cold therapy device that offers the opportunity to enjoy a cold treatment, corresponding to ice swimming, in your own home year-round. “Cold is our natural element. We are familiar with its benefits and we know what can be achieved with the controlled use of cold. I think the effects of cold treatment belong to everyone and we believe this treatment can improve the well-being of millions of people,” said CEO Panu Vapaavalta. The Northern dimension provides a space for innovation. “Creativity arises, in my opinion, from the silence and the fact that we have room to breathe in Rovaniemi. When you go skiing right from your own backyard – in this spectacular scenery, your soul is given a chance to rest and you find the opportunity to create something new. We

feel that this is one of the few places on the globe where mind is free from all the noise and hectic pace of the world. This is exactly why I think Rovaniemi is the natural environment to create new Arctic design,” Vapaavalta states. MH

• The City of Rovaniemi registered Arctic Design Capital trademark in 2015. • The trademark signifies the central role of Rovaniemi as an Arctic Design Capital in cooperation with the enterprises of the region and the Arctic Centre and Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Lapland • The main event is Arctic Design Week, which will held for the 10th time next year See more at | www.arcticdesigncapital.com |

PETRI TEPPO / STUDIO ARTICA

TREEFORM LTD / KOTA COLLECTIVE, JANI KÄRPPÄ

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CREATE YOUR PERFECT RELAXATION AND

SPA EXPERIENCE WITH HARVIA

Whether you´re planning a stylish sauna or perfecting a luxurious spa experience, Harvia can help you make it happen in a natural wellbeing way.

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pa equals luxury. A relaxing moment in your own private spa and steam room relieves stress and eases the mind, which may also help sleeping problems, making sleep deeper and more soothing.

“When aiming for a luxurious experience the safest solution is to trust the expertise of Harvia, the number one sauna and spa company in the world.” Therefore, it should be implemented in a way that radiates perfect enjoyment and relaxation, supported by the technical, stylistic, and functional features of the spa. Harvia is a true provider of comprehensive spa experiences and relaxation for everyday life with a passion

to create the best Sauna & Spa experience for you and your loved ones. Founded in 1950, the company has grown into a global market leader. Harvia employs 450 sauna and spa professionals worldwide and its iconic products are exported internationally. FROM IDEA TO REALITY – WITH ONE PARTNER

So, in case you want to ensure that the result is technically and functionally perfect, the best solution is to utilise the competence and know-how of Harvia experts from design to implementation to save your own time. In practice this means that when you design your own relaxation oasis, Harvia can offer you exactly the kind of design help you need as well as structures, materials, light fittings, and any other components to fulfil your vision of an impressive and relaxing Harvia experience. The roots of Harvia lie within sauna heaters but the world of Harvia is so much more. MH

HARVIA STORY Harvia, founded in 1950 by Tapani Harvia, is today the internationally leading one-stop shop in the global sauna and spa market. Our mission is to create relaxing moments and offer natural wellbeing. We employ 450 sauna and spa professionals. We operate in international markets and have a strong network of partners. The Austrian company Sentiotec GmbH has been a part of Harvia Group since 2016. | www.harvia.fi |


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NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE? Mehiläinen’s Digital Clinic assists you with healthrelated issues 24/7, wherever you are. Download the OmaMehiläinen mobile application from the Apple Store or Google Play. Using Digital Clinic requires that you are covered under the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme of Finland. Additional information: www.mehilainen.fi/en/mobileapplication. You can also find us at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Mehiläinen Airport, Lentäjäntie 1 E, 6th floor, 01530 Vantaa. Appointments tel. 010 414 0200 (engl), 010 414 00 (fin), 010 414 0100 (swe).

TIPS FOR BUSINESS TRAVELLERS

– HOW TO COPE BETTER WITH TRAVEL IN EVERYDAY LIFE What should those who travel a lot pay attention to in order to cope better in everyday life? Experts from Mehiläinen medical centre share their thoughts.

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usiness travelling affects more and more people. Over a million business trips were made from Finland in 2013. “You should consider your own resiliency if you travel a lot in your work. At what stage the number of trips becomes too stressful depends on your state of health and abilities to recover. The most important thing is to take care of your physical condition. Doing so helps you to manage and recover from stress,” says AnaMaría Teino, occupational health specialist.

point of view. You can also try to agree on flexibility with your employer. Perhaps you could come to work a little later or do work from home office after a late return,” mentions occupational psychologist Maaret Punto. According to Teino, it is a good idea to schedule departure times sensibly, since an early departure inevitably influences sleep quality at night. “It also pays to prolong one’s sleep before a trip by advancing regular bedtimes.”

A WELL-PLANNED TRIP LIGHTENS STRAIN

Even your own attitude has an impact on your wellbeing during business traveling. The more positive your approach to travelling is, the less strain you feel from it. “A long wait time at the airport can be frustrating, but perhaps you could look upon it as quality time to use in a beneficial way, for instance by listening to mindfulness-recordings or audio-books,” suggests Punto. MH

From a work-wellbeing point of view, it is important for you to be able to influence your own work and work tasks. This is especially true with business travel, since travel days require both work and private life organizing. “Even meaningful work quickly starts to put a strain on you if tasks pile up at the office during travel days. Workdays should be sensibly scheduled at each destination as well, since recovery is very important from an efficiency and coping

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“Always carry a small travel med-kit, but pay attention that in the tropics you can only use paracetamols against fevers, not anti-inflammatory drugs.” – AnaMaría Teino

OCCUPATIONAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST ANTTI PURSIO’S TIPS FOR RECOVERING AFTER TRAVEL DAYS • Get to know your destination on foot. It is easy to take along a pair of sneakers in your flight bag. • Even a short burst of exercise at a hotel gym can help you recover from travel fatigue. • Water running and swimming counterbalances long-term sitting. • Avoid intensive and heavy exercise late at night. It weakens recovery and sleep quality through the night.


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Cool scoops from the East Macha ice cream has been the go-to Asian cool treat for a while now. But, this summer, the top spot could well be stolen by one of these three deliciously Instagrammable desserts. TEXT BY AMANDA SOILA PHOTO BY EUNA PARK AND ISTOCK

#UBEICECREAM. Social media has fallen in love with Filipino ube ice cream. Made of purple yam, this photo-worthy treat is a variation on a traditional Filipino dessert. And the lavender-hued beauty is an Instagram favourite not only for its luscious looks: originating from the same family of root vegetables as the sweet potato, it is said to be rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, and antioxidants.

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#THAIROLLEDICECREAM. Thailand’s frozen gift to the world, rolled ice cream, has won the hearts of ice-cream lovers in the US and is rapidly conquering Europe. These tiny rolls of yumminess are usually packed in a cup and topped with anything from cream to gummy bears. Watching the vendors prepare the rolls is probably as much fun as eating them.

#MOCHIICECREAM. Brightly coloured mochi balls, made of sticky rice and usually filled with sweet red bean paste, are a Japanese dessert favourite. A number of cafés have recently taken this traditional treat to new heights by filling the morsels with ice cream. The most recent innovation comes from London-based Little Moons, who specialise in “mochi pops,” a stack of mochi balls on a skewer.


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Tantalise the taste buds on a tour of China’s culinary capital. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY DANIEL ALLEN

BREAKFAST ON THE BLOCK

The Michelin Guide may have belatedly come to Shanghai last year, but this bustling, cosmopolitan city remains just as famous for its fantastic street food as its haute cuisine. Friendly, ­family-run food stalls and hole-in-the wall eateries dot every neighbourhood, hawking mouthhwatering eats for a handful of pocket change. For breakfast with a difference, join the queues at the intersection of Changle Lu and Xiangyang Nanlu, which comes alive each day with customers lining up for jianbing (savoury pancakes), shengjian mantou (fried pork buns), y­ outiao (deep-fried dough sticks), and congyoubing (scallion oil pancakes). There’s no better way to start the day. 70 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

SUPER SNACKS

Those walking the busy streets of Shanghai often need to recharge the batteries without indulging in a full-blown meal. The Tsui Wah chain, which has a range of Hong Kong-style cha canting (tea restaurants) in the city, offers delicious pick-me-ups such as Macanese egg tarts, sweet toast smothered in condensed milk, pineapple buns, and superb milk tea. Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack, or even a second breakfast. tsuiwah.com


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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW Ye Shanghai is located in one of Xintiandi’s restored shikumen (stone gate) houses and offers fine Shanghainese cuisine, as well as dishes from neighbouring provinces like Jiangsu and Zhejiang, in a refined, elegant setting. Sit upstairs to make the most of the high ceilings and Shanghai-of-yesteryear atmosphere – there is often a jazz singer who performs on the midde level from early evening onwards. Many of the dishes here are perennial favourites – the green beans with bamboo, sweet and sour fish, and glazed ribs all seem to go down well with those sampling Shanghainese dishes for the first time. Reservations recommended. 338 Huangpi Nanlu +86 (0)21 6311 2323

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A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN The Bund, Shanghai’s iconic sweep of Western architecture along the Huangpu Ruver, has long been home to the city’s most expensive eateries – most of which are housed in stately, fine-de-siecle buildings. To go easy on your wallet, however, check out Lost Heaven. Just footsteps from the Bund, this classy, romantic restaurant serves up the finest “Yunnan Folk” cuisine in Shanghai. A combination of Tibetan, Dai, Bai, Yi, Miao, and Mountain Mekong dishes, the menu draws inspiration from the recipes and ingredients of southwest China’s Yunnan province, as well as Myanmar and Laos. The wild vegetable pancakes make a perfect starter. Reservations recommended. 17 Yan’an Donglu lostheaven.com.cn

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For locals and Shanghai-based expats, Old Jesse needs no introduction. This pint-sized eaterie is widely recognised as the best Shanghainese restaurant in the city, and is the first place visitors should go to become better acquainted with local flavours. Identifiable by a small, yellow-lit sign and the handful of culinary devotees typically milling about outside waiting for their table, this isn’t the fanciest Shanghai place you’ll dine out at. In fact, you’ll likely be crammed in with 30 other customers, elbow to elbow, because the food is that good. The hong shao rou (braised pork belly) wins rave reviews on a regular basis. ­Reservations recommended. 41 Tianping Lu +86 (0)21 6282 9260

DIVINE DUMPLINGS A trendy shopping, eating, and entertainment area, ­complete with restored shikumen houses, the trendy Xintiandi area makes a great place to dine out. And when it comes to dining, nothing says Shanghai more than the city’s iconic xiaolongbao (a plump dumpling crammed with juicy pork mince and a shot of meaty broth). With an outlet in Xintiandi, Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung is generally regarded as serving up some of the most superior buns in town. 123 Xingye Lu, Xintiandi +86 (0)21 6385 8378 72 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017


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Without Google Maps, or any guidance from locals, you’ll need luck and patience to find Shinka – a bar where you’ll find yourself in deep water before you’ve had a single drink.

UNDER THE RADAR IN OSAKA TEXT BY NICOLAS CROZE PHOTO BY ESKIL ROLL

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o find the elusive Shinka bar, also called the Submarine Bar, you’ll first need to navigate a maze of small streets and dark alleyways in one of Osaka’s typical residential areas. In fact, Shinka is so hard to find that you could easily walk straight past if you didn’t know exactly what you’re looking for. The only sign marking the entrance is a single gloomy light bulb in a dark and desolate alley. Though it has been serving locals for more than 15 years, the Submarine Bar is a well-kept secret. Osaka is packed with many hard-to-find quirky clubs and bars – which is all part of the excitement.

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Designed to resemble a vintage submarine, the interior is authentic down to the tiniest detail. There is no musical backdrop and the silence is broken only by the occasional hushed conversation at the bar’s sole available table and constant mechanical hum that puts you in a comfortable daze. Shinka offers patrons the chance to feel they’re “drowning their sorrows” at the very bottom of the sea. Even the bartender maintains a respectful silence, focusing intently on chopping ice and serving beverages prepared with immaculate precision. Here, you are guaranteed not only a totally unique conceptual experience, but also the world’s best gin & tonic.

WHAT TO EXPECT •S  et up: Like a submarine – a narrow space that seats five people at the bar and ten in total. •A  mbiance: Calm, relaxed, and a bit claustrophobic. •A  t the bar: The bartender prepares every drink with military precision. The gin & tonic is unparalleled. •C  lientele: You never know what you’ll find at the bottom of the sea. •S  oundtrack: No music, just a low mechanical hum. •D  rinks: Local beer and high-quality classic cocktails. Reasonable prices. •H  ighlight: A creepy diving suit inhabits the bathroom.


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Forum, the best shopping center in Finland Welcome to Forum, recognized by the Nordic Council of Shopping Centers (NCSC) as the Finnish Shopping Center of the Year. Thanks to a successful renovation, Forum is now bigger, brighter and better – with more fashion, leisure and dining options for shoppers. Spread over five light-filled levels, Forum’s one-of-a-kind mix of stores, restaurants, cafés and experiences is something you won’t find anywhere else in the country. It’s right where the action is Forum covers a whole block in the heart of Helsinki, located on the corner of Mannerheimintie and Simonkatu. Founded in 1952, Forum has doubled in size in 30 years. It’s a clever blend of old and new structures, and it’s still in the same, easy-to-find address. There’s an information desk in case you need assistance in English.

a lot more that you should check out, from beauty destinations and the most stylish Nordic fashion chains to health food stores and shops selling a wide range of electronic gadgets. For culture hungry visitors, the Amos Anderson Art Museum can be found on the same block. It’s the largest private art museum in Finland.

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There’s Marimekko and Finlayson for cool Finnish finds and in case you get hungry or thirsty, visit the iconic Fazer Café. When in need of a quick snack, try out Kippo, the newest addition to the café scene in Forum. Run by three dynamic siblings, it offers organic, plant-based sandwiches, smoothies and juices. Of course, Forum has

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KUUSAMO In northern Finland, one man and his community are reviving fishing tourism by spotlighting an underrated fish that usually gets tossed back into the water – and offering rehabilitative work for the unemployed. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY VILLE PALONEN

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hey say once you fish on the River Kuusinki, you keep coming back – it’s a life sentence, says Antti Väätäinen. He first visited the remote river, once famous for its massive brown trout, about 34 years ago when he was seven years old. “Since then I’ve been fishing here every single summer.” Kuusamo in northern Finland is a near-mythical destination for Finnish anglers, but the River Kuusinki’s trout population began dying out in the 1990s. According to scientists, one of the main reasons is uncontrolled net fishing on the Russian side of the border in Lake Paanajärvi, where trout grows for a few years before returning to Finnish rivers for spawning. Today, trout in the River Kuusinki is at risk of endangerment – just as it is in the nearby River Oulanka, where trout fishing had to be banned in 2014. “This season I’ve spent at least 100 hours fly fishing on the River Kuusinki – without a single bite,” says Väätäinen. FISHING FOR TOURISTS Väätäinen, however, is just as happy to catch less valuable fish species such as perch and pike. He

regularly rows his boat on Lake Kuusamo, just a couple of kilometres from the centre of town, checking traditional fish traps called katiska. Väätäinen works as an employment coach. As part of his job, he organises rehabilitative work for the long-term unemployed – hence the dozen middle-aged men helping him with the traps. Fishing is a good way of activating the unemployed and assessing their fitness for work, but it also offers a potential way of revitalising local tourism. A couple of years ago, Väätäinen started a project called the Great Lake Fish Survey (Suuri järvikalatutkimus). The survey was designed to chart local fish populations – and how to catch them – in dozens of lakes in the Kuusamo area. The resulting data has been compiled in a free fishing guide. Since famous trout rivers are not attracting anglers as they used to, Kuusamo is hoping to pull fishing tourists in new ways – after all, they bring more than a million euros per year to the Kuusamo region. The survey was funded out of the municipal budget, but some of the metallic fish traps are sponsored by local companies, who compete to see whose trap catches the most fish by the end of the summer. The winner and the catch MAY–JUNE 2017

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Above: A normal catch with “katiska” fish traps: dozens of perch and a few small pike. Top right: Antti Väätäinen has been fishing the lakes and rivers of Kuusamo since he was a little boy. Bottom right: The fish is not sold, rather Antti Väätäinen and his team distribute their catch for free every Friday.

are documented meticulously – the catch is weighed, recorded, and then placed into a cooler. FREE FISH FOR ALL Väätäinen and his crew weigh, clean, and bag their catch: a dozen kilograms of perch and a few small pikes. Then they proceed to the marketplace in the centre of Kuusamo, where, somewhat surprisingly, the fish is not sold – it is distributed for free. “Last week I got some pike fillets,” chuckles one of the lucky customers, Sisko Warpenius. “Now I’d like to get some perch to smoke.” “One of the main goals of our fish trap competition is to catch fish for elderly people who aren’t able to go fishing anymore,” explains Väätäinen. “As a bonus, when people get their fish for free, they learn to appreciate underrated species, like pike.” Traditionally people in Kuusamo are not used to eating pike, because more valued species such as trout and whitefish have normally been available in abundant supply. Väätäinen is planning to change these outdated attitudes by converting underrated fish species into high-end food products. He even plans to publish a related cookbook. “One of the products we’re developing is pike and roach minced together with spices. It’s vacuumpacked and frozen, so all you have to do is fry the ready-made patties,” says Väätäinen. “We call it an easy-prep meal for lazy bachelors.” l

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“When people get their fish for free, they learn to appreciate underrated species, like pike.”

Ville Palonen is a freelance photojournalist who loves fishing. His most memorable catches include a trout in the River Kuusinki and an electric eel in the Amazon River.


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Vertical Dance Company Il Posto at Puijo Tower, 2013. Photo © Soile Nevalainen www.puijo.com

KUOPIO

– A Dance Lover’s Tasty Dream Destination

What is a summer in Kuopio made of? World-class dance shows, local culinary delights, and superb places to visit amongst the pristine forests, lakes and hundreds of islands.

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hen you ask the locals, it is always the same answer: The most important cultural event in the summer of Kuopio is the Kuopio Dance Festival. This international event has been running since 1970, and it's the most wide-ranging dance festival in Northern Europe. Some 20 main acts, tens of workshops and dozens of fringe events make the stars and newcomers of the dance scene known to the general public. What does it take to produce a major festival and keep it interesting? ”What enables us to put on this annual event is the passion, the ability of our brilliant team and partners to take on new challenges without precon­ ceived ideas – as well as our shared enthu­ siasm for promoting this town as the inter­ Vertigo Dance Company. Photo © Gadi Dagon Israel Galván. Photo © Luis Castilla Fotografia

Dada Masilo. Photo © Stella Olivier: workshop for William Kentridge’s ’More Sweetly Play the Dance’.

national number one spot for dance in this country”, says the Executive Director of the Kuopio Dance Festival, Anna Pitkänen. ”The Festival is organized every June, and our unique programme may be viewed on our website”, she continues.

Traveller’s Paradise

A popular travel blogger Juan Martinez visited Kuopio in 2016 and was immediately impressed by the travel facilities offered by Kuopio. ”Geographically Kuopio, surrounded by hundreds of small islands, is one of the most interesting destinations in the whole Wild Flavours world”, enthuses Martinez. The taste palette of cultural travellers reHe was impressed for good reason. Lake ceived a delicious addition as a result of the Kallavesi, Puijo Tower, and the wide-ranging collaboration with the SATOA cultural events make goes WILD food festival. The Kuopio an undisputed Geographically Kuopio, foodies’ event coincides with the number one amongst surrounded by hundreds Dance Festival, and becomes of small islands, is one of the the destinations in apparent through the availability Eastern Finland. ”The most interesting destinations facilities offered in the of wild food and drink throughout the town centre, and wild in the whole world. area can be viewed on quality shows on the stages of our website, where we Kuopio. ”SATOA goes WILD proved to be an have gathered the tastiest destinations for excellent partner for the Kuopio Dance Fes­ the cultural traveller”, advises Wille Marktival, as together they meet both the gastro­ kanen, Managing Director of Kuopio-Tahko nomical and cultural needs of the most de­ Marketing Ltd. manding clients”, states the Artistic Director Text: Jarkko Kääriäinen of the Kuopio Dance Festival, Jorma Uotinen.

KUOPIO DANCE FESTIVAL 14.–20.6.2017 For one week you can see international dance stars, as well as the best Finnish talents. Israel Galván, Dada Masilo, NDT2, VerTeDance, Xiexin Dance Theatre, Vertigo and much more...

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SATOA GOES WILD 16.–17.6.2017

Food festival which supports both cultural and economic sustainability. Local food, restaurants and artists. VB Photographic Center: Wild food and acts in the beautiful garden of a idyllic wooden building within a local photographic gallery. vb-valokuvakeskus.fi Snellmann Park: delicious delicacies, arts and communal acts.

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We recommend: Local boat cruises on Lake Kallavesi.

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CITIES GET SMART Hi-tech innovations are rapidly being adopted in cities around the world to make life more convenient for their residents and visitors. TEXT BY FRAN WEAVER ILLUSTRATION MIKKO SAARAINEN

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our mobile phone guides you to get off the driverless bus at the next stop and then wait two minutes for a ­pre-paid shared taxi ride to your destination. As you wait, you throw a wrapper into a rubbish bin, which automatically sends a signal to the city’s waste collection service to let them know it is nearly full. Such marvels are already becoming possible in “smart cities” around the world. “Smart cities use digital technology and ­intelligent design to create sustainable urban environments where residents can enjoy high-quality living,” explains Milo Vergucht, executive director of the Smart Cities Council Europe. “Cities like Amsterdam are leading the way using smart technologies to improve the lives of citizens and visitors, create clean and healthy living conditions, and build up digital infrastructure to make services instantly available.” Amsterdam’s flagship smart city project is ArenA. Home to the famous football club Ajax, this state-ofthe-art sports and concert venue features many inno-

vations that improve the fan experience, from smart lighting, security, and catering to the largest openaccess wireless local network in the Netherlands. “Sensors and devices interconnected through the Internet of Things are also key to the use of digital data in smart cities,” adds Vergucht, citing Barcelona as an example of a smart city where a unique network of sensors and fibre optic data cables helps the city authorities to optimise services from traffic and waste management to street-lighting and the watering of green areas. SMART URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA More than half of the world’s people live in urban areas, and this share may rise to two-thirds by 2050, largely due to the growth of cities in Asia and Africa. We often associate big cities with noise, pollution, and traffic jams, but street-wise urban planners can make city life clean and easy. In 2014 Singapore launched a unique Smart Nation programme through which a vast network of ­sensors and cameras has been set up around this MAY–JUNE 2017

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“It’s important to remember that cities can’t be smart unless they’re also clean, and help citizens to combat climate change.”

densely populated island city state to monitor flows of ­people and traffic. The city’s interconnected ­public transport system is already smartly reactive, and in 2016 the world’s first driverless taxis started roaming ­Singapore’s streets. Some fear that surveillance technologies could allow governments to keep too close an eye on their citizens; but clearly benevolent applications include smart movement sensors in the homes of elderly ­Singaporeans, which can alert relatives or carers to possible problems. BUILDING A 25/7 CITY A smart city district is rapidly sprouting on Helsinki’s waterfront at Kalasatama. This high-density brownfield development in a former harbour site with good transport connections is being used to test various smart innovations. “Since time is perhaps the most precious resource for people, our vision is that in addition to saving on resources like energy, we can save residents an hour a day, by making it easier for them to get around, and providing them with services at home or within easy reach,” explains Veera Mustonen, Smart Kalasatama’s programme director. By the 2030s Kalasatama should have 25,000 residents and 10,000 workplaces. Its first 3,000 residents are already benefitting from innovations like shared electric cars, the ability to control their domestic appliances remotely, and a pneumatic waste c­ ollection system that sucks bags of sorted household waste through pipelines to a central waste station. “We see the participation of citizens as extremely important in shaping a smart city,” says Mustonen. “Residents are already keenly using Kalasatama’s ­Flexi-space service, which works like Airbnb, ­enabling everyone to reserve local facilities ranging from clubrooms or saunas to meeting rooms and sports halls.” 86 BLUE WINGS MAY–JUNE 2017

Other citizen-driven innovations include urban ­gardens and the Kotisatama co-housing scheme for seniors, where a user-friendly online system helps ­residents to share facilities and enjoy meals and ­activities together. “We’re currently testing how Kalasatama r­ esidents could feed surplus electricity from their own solar panels into the local grid, which has innovative ­battery storage and electric car charging systems,” adds Mustonen. Next year a free driverless electric “robobus” service will shuttle between Kalasatama metro station and Helsinki Zoo. HELSINKI AS A TESTBED “It’s important to remember that cities can’t be smart unless they’re also clean and help citizens to combat climate change,” says Tiina Kähö, executive director of the Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation. “Metropolitan Helsinki is an excellent testbed for a wide variety of smart and clean solutions including real-time online air quality monitoring, robobuses, and a smart local electricity grid combined with smart metering to optimise energy use.” According to Kähö, the key technologies already exist, so it’s just a question of finding ways to r­ ealise them. The Smart & Clean Foundation brings cities, citizens, companies, and experts together to create sustainable new businesses and change the way cities and citizens behave. “The goal is not the technology itself, but how it saves on resources in practice and makes life easier for residents,” she adds. Cities like Helsinki are already speeding up things by providing open data platforms with vital real-time data that can be selectively tailored by handy apps. When it comes to getting from A to B, ground-breaking mobility service apps including Whim and Tuup are already enabling citizens to use their smartphones to conveniently plan and pay for interconnected journeys across the city combining all imaginable forms of transport from trains to cheaply rentable city bikes. l


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Alexander Rosenlew and Hanna Kukkonen present Orthex’s innovative products: the stylish SmartStore Compact storage boxes and a flowerpot made 100% of recycled plastic.

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“The culinary teams of Finland and Sweden are involved in the product development, and our kitchen products were used at the Culinary Olympics last year where Finland won silver.” Orthex is a market leader in its field in the Nordic countries, and the products are manufactured at the company’s own factories in Sweden and Finland. Orthex products are sold to over 40 different countries on four continents. The basis of Orthex’s success has been meeting the needs of customers on many different levels. ”Practical is beautiful. Our products combine usability with high-quality and safe products,” say Rosenlew and Kukkonen. ●

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EXPERIENCE FINLAND’S ONLY UNESCO NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE SITE, IN THE MERENKURKU AREA AS YOU APPROACH VAASA BY SEA. HERE YOU’LL FIND A UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT, SCULPTED BY THE ICE AGE, THAT OPENS UP TO YOU IN ALL ITS SPLENDOUR.

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ccording to ancient Roman legend, the Kvargen Archipelago was born when Finn the Giant was banished from the kingdom of Sweden and wandered east across the sea to find a new home. He carried with him a sackful of rocks, which, however, ruptured near the Finnish coast, spilling the rocks into the Baltic Sea. At this the giant began to throw the rocks in rage, in the process creating the area’s many islands, rocky islets and reefs. This archipelago, unique in the world, contains no less than 5,600 islands of various sizes and over 2,400 kilometres of coastline. The landscape is continuously developing on account of the rising land, raising the archipelago by as much as eight millimetres a year. This translates into an increase in the land area of Kvargen Archipelago of about one square kilometre annually. So by around the year 4500, the the archipelago will have completed its otherwise slow but geologically swift transformation into a land bridge between Finland and Sweden. The ideal vantage point over this gem of natural world heritage is the Saltkaret viewing tower, which was opened in 2010. Being just twenty metres high and tarred, it blends in well with its surroundings. Saltkaret provides wonderful views of the archipelago’s expansive glacial drifts, the moraines that are a vivid sign of the sheer enormity of the Ice Age forces that shaped the land.

A nice contrast to town life Vaasa is also a lively and young town, with a fifth of the population being students. This concentration of enterprising talent has creates a strong and highly successful business culture,

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Something’s happening here, every day Spring and summer in the Vaasa region are times of plenty. There are events on offer to suit everyone, whether for families, sports fans, students, music lovers, friends of the theatre, and more. The Visit Vaasa centre is currently aware of over 500 happenings in the town and surrounding region throughout the coming year, so there’s not a day without something going on. ●

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Deloitte’s Cyber Partner in Finland Karthi Pillay.

Deloitte’s Cyber Lead in Finland Tero Mellin.

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ompanies worldwide are speaking about cyber security, but haven’t quite found a common definition for what it means for their business. Deloitte helps companies define cyber security and ensures it smoothly integrates into everyday business. “Previously you needed to worry about the security of your servers, now you need to worry about your whole production plant getting knocked down. The threat landscape has significantly evolved, and is evolving even as you read this article. Board members and top executives are ultimately accountable to proactively manage cyber threats, as Shareholders continue to demand profitable growth”, states Deloitte’s Cyber Partner in Finland Karthi Pillay. Cyber security must be seen beyond technical

assets. To really make it a working reality it has to be built into the company strategy and business processes. “It’s not the tech departments alone taking care of your cyber security. The responsibility must be understood and sincerely appreciated throughout the company. Well-functioning technical solutions give you the ‘ticket to the game’, but ‘prime seats’ are secured only by appreciating that the focus of the adversaries has shifted from purely technical targets to people – your employees”, explains Pillay. Making the company’s entire staff vigilant increases cyber defence exponentially. Technical problems can be solved by technical solutions, but behavioural challenges need a solid understanding of motivational change management.

“Make all of your employees understand what is valuable in your company and equip them with skills to protect it. It makes a big difference when in addition to your existing five security managers you transform all of your 50 000 employees into cyber security advocates”, challenges Deloitte’s Cyber Lead in Finland Tero Mellin. A company cannot sustain a resilient marriage between digital and cyber on its own. Yet securing an appropriate partner may not be simple. It is critical that the partner is not just cyber experienced but has a global footprint, and is highly skilled in areas of strategy, digital, risk, governance and data management. It’s all about finding people who understand the business ramifications and help see where the company’s crown jewels are. ●

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At last light at the end of tunnel in BUSINESS TRAVEL AFTER A QUIETER SEASON, BUSINESS TRAVEL HAS FINALLY BEGUN TO SHOWN SIGNS OF RECOVERY, SAYS A DELIGHTED VIRPI PAASONEN, DIRECTOR CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL NORDIC ZONE . – WE SET OUT WITH A BUSY YEAR AHEAD, CONFIDENT THAT OUR GREAT DIGITAL SOLUTIONS, CONTINUOUS INNOVATION WORK, AND QUICK, HIGHQUALITY, EFFORTLESS SERVICES IN EACH OF OUR BOOKING CHANNELS WOULD HELP US KEEP OUR POSITION OF MARKET LEADER ALSO IN THE FUTURE.

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FINNAIR NEWS

OFF-PEAK LOUNGING Use your Finnair Plus points to ­redeem a ­Finnair Lounge voucher at Helsinki Airport. Lounge access is for flights departing during off-peak hours. www.finnairshop.com

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Sunny highlights Annina Metsola, Communications Specialist at Aurinkomatkat travel agency, picks her top summer destinations: ISTOCK

Menorca, Spain – With Mallorca’s

charming little sister, you’ll encounter authentic Spain in Menorca’s idyllic little towns and soft, sandy beaches.

DESTINATION

Rays of light Alicante, on Spain’s Costa Blanca, is well known for its bright skies and year-round sun. In ancient times, the Romans named it Lucentum “City of Light.” Finnair’s four times weekly summer service to Alicante offers a non-stop route from Helsinki to the port city dominated by the Castillo de Santa Barbara, one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses. The 16th-century castle is a must-see, accessible via a lift built into the mountainside or by hiking up the hill to the top of Mount Benacantil, which offers Instagram-worthy views over the city.

Just down the mountain from the c­ astle is the city beach, the Playa del Postiguet, which is part of the long waterfront fringing Alicante. Other memorable spots include the Old Town, with its bar-filled Barrio, and the grand Esplanada, lined with date palms. In addition to Alicante, Finnair flies to several Spanish destinations i­ ncluding Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, and o ­ perates seasonal routes to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. finnair.com

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Porec, Croatia – Truffles, oysters,

crystal clear waters, and the charm of the Old Town – this is the perfect holiday destination for those who want to enjoy life. ISTOCK

Best European airline

Finnair has been selected as the Best European Airline at the 10th annual TTG China Travel Awards for the second year in a row. The TTG China Travel Awards ­recognises Greater China’s best companies in the travel industry, including airlines, hotels and resorts, serviced residences, and travel services. ttgchina.com

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Verona, Italy – In Romeo and Juliet’s hometown, a dream holiday is created with culture, history, heavenly food, and endless shopping possibilities.


MEKSIKO UUTUUSKOHDE NYT VAIN AURINKOMATKOILTA Löydä uusi Meksikon helmi Tyynen valtameren rannalta! Nauti Puerto Vallartan ja sen lähialueiden upeista paratiisimaisemista, turkoosina kimmeltävästä merestä ja henkeäsalpaavista auringonlaskuista. Varaa unohtumaton lomasi sombrerojen ja kaktusten maahan!

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FINNAIR NEWS

CONSTRUCTION TALK The south wing of Helsinki Airport is scheduled to open this summer! The entire expansion will serve up to 20 million passengers annually when completed in 2020.

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Finnair crew tips TechOps manager Minna Sinkko shares her top 3 authentic European destinations

Summer swims

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 Stresa, Italy, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, is a handy destination for families with children. There’s lots to do and see for kids of all ages ranging from touring the lake’s islands – Isola Madre, Isola Superior, and Isola Bella – to taking a refreshing dip in Lake Maggiore.

CELEBRATION

Happy anniversary! FINNAIR PLUS celebrates its 25th birthday this May with an exciting campaign of reduced point award flights to more than 50 destinations, special product and partner offers, and birthday cake at Helsinki Airport to mark the event. When Finnair Plus launched in May 1992, Finnair was among the first European pioneers to start a customer loyalty program.

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Today, Finnair Plus has more than 2.6 million members around the world and the range of member benefits run from the travel industry – airlines, hotels, car rentals, and cruise operators – to special offers in other sectors such as retail and entertainment.

TWEET OF THIS MONTH

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Special offers to magical Reykjavik continue through the spring

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Olomouc, Czech Republic, about two and a half hours drive from Vienna or Prague, is a charming town that is best experienced by rowing along its Morava River. Historic buildings, a Unesco-protected trinity column, and an astronomical clock round out the offerings.

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Tulln, Austria, a lush old Roman town known as the “City of Flowers,” lies on the southern bank of the Danube, which offers many possibilities for day trips to nearby towns by water, bike, or even on roller skates. End a day of adventure with a swim in Lake Aubad.


FLY FINNAIR

Your complete guide to travelling with us

WELCOME ABOARD We want you to enjoy your flight. This guide contains all the information you need for stress-free travelling. We have even included tips for inflight wellbeing and entertainment. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your travel experience.

In this guide 96 TIPS FOR TAKEOFF 97 INFLIGHT WELLBEING 98 ENTERTAINMENT 99 INFLIGHT SHOPPING 100 SUSTAINABILITY 102 HELSINKI AIRPORT 104 MAPS 108 FLEET AND MY FINNAIR 110 FINNAIR PLUS 114 FINLAND IN FIGURES MAY–JUNE 2017

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FLY FINNAIR TIPS FOR TAKEOFF

TRAVEL TIPS

FINNAIR

ANNI AHNGER Head of Ancillary Sales, Finnair

in a nutshell

Established in 1923, Finnair is one of the world’s oldest operating airlines.

“Tired of paying way too much for Internet access abroad? Finnair customers now have the possibility to stay connected with the Voyager Wi-Fi service. You can purchase a connectivity pass either for 1 day (€8) or for a full week (€20) and avoid expensive roaming charges and data security risks from open Wi-Fi hotspots. Follow these simple steps to stay ­connected while travelling: 1. Go to the Finnair Shop or the Travel Extras page on finnair.com and ­follow the simple steps to buy ­access for your upcoming trip. 2. Download the Voyager Wi-Fi app from Google Play or the App Store. 3. Enjoy your Internet access!”

Finnair’s route network includes 17 destinations in Asia, 4 in North America, and some 74 in Europe. In 2016 Finnair carried more than 10.8 million passengers. More than 1.6 million passengers fly between Asia and Helsinki each year.

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SAFETY

YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL APP DOWNLOAD FINNAIR’S app on your mobile and enjoy an even smoother travel experience. Check-in, get flight alerts, and store your boarding passes all in one place. As a Finnair Plus member, you can view your profile and points balance, and even purchase services such as extra bags or an Economy Comfort seat. You can access the app with your Finnair Plus member ID or by using your booking reference number and surname. Learn more at finnair.com.

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FLIGHT MODE: CABIN SAFETY SAFETY INFORMATION is presented by the cabin crew at the start of each flight. This information is also listed on the safety instruction card in your seat pocket. Safety belts must remain fastened when the “Fasten safety belt” sign is on. For safety reasons we recommend keeping them fastened even when the sign has been switched off. Handheld devices can be used throughout the flight (including takeoff and landing) in airplane-mode. Laptops and larger devices must be stowed away during takeoff and landing, but can be used when the “Fasten safety belt” sign has been switched off.


FLY FINNAIR INFLIGHT WELLBEING

FOOD AND DRINK

EAT WELL

Business class passengers on ­ long-haul flights can enjoy Signature Menus prepared by chefs from top restaurants. The menus offer passengers a taste of Nordic flavours.

Foods to fuel on European flights FANCY A SNACK ONBOARD? Then take a look at the Sky Bistro menu card in your seat pocket. For a small fee, you can choose from a tasty ­selection of food and ­beverage options combining the best of Europe and Asia. Coffee, tea, water, and Finnair’s ­signature blueberry juice are always served free of charge on all Finnair flights.

WELLBEING

MINDFULNESS

INFLIGHT EXERCISES

Sit back and relax

These moves keep you fit while flying. Hold each movement for a few seconds and repeat five times per side.

Mindfulness instructor Aleksi Litovaara's exercises will help you feel calm and rested during your flight.

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BE AWARE: The basic idea of mindfulness is that you have arrived. The aircraft is already taking you where you need to be so just sit back and relax. Watch, listen, and feel your present environment.

CIRCLES

LIFT

RAISE

LOWER

Lift one foot and draw circles with your toes. Reverse direction.

Lift one knee up and then lower your foot back down to the floor.

Keep heels on the floor and lift your toes upwards, then release.

Keep toes on the floor and lift your heels upwards, then release.

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TACKLE ANXIETY: If you experience nervousness or restlessness, try holding an object in your hand. It will help bring your attention to that simple physical sensation instead of getting caught up in your own thoughts.

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NOD

ROTATE

TURN

Lift your shoulders up towards your ears and release.

Lower your chin slowly towards your chest and lift back up again.

Gently rotate your head from side to side. Keep your shoulders relaxed.

Slowly lower your left ear to your left shoulder and then back up again.

THINK POSITIVE: This is a good ­moment to choose nice words towards yourself and other passengers — if only in your mind. You can also ask yourself: what do I need right now? It may well be reading a book or getting some rest instead of working on your computer. aleksilitovaara.com

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FLY FINNAIR ENTERTAINMENT

BE ENTERTAINED AND CONNECTED Experience the Nordic Sky entertainment system and the Nordic Sky Wi-Fi portal onboard Finnair A350 XWB aircraft.

THE NORDIC SKY inflight ­entertainment system is available onboard Finnair A350 flights. Not only will you stay entertained with a wide range of movies and TV series, you can stay up to date on what’s happening during your flight, from when dinner is served to updated arrival information and the local weather. With the Nordic Sky Wi-Fi portal, you can enjoy a host of fantastic services via your own mobile device. You can use the portal free of charge to access finnair.com and Finnair services such as destination information, pre-order shopping, and customer care. You can also rent a car, order a taxi, or book a tour.

Here’s how to get started: 1. Turn your device to flight mode and ­enable Wi-Fi. 2. Join the Wi-Fi ­network Nordic Sky”. 3. Open the browser of your choice. 4. Start exploring.

Want to know more about your destination? Nordic Sky offers travel tips to make your landing even easier.

PICK OF THE MONTH Action

xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage battles the deadly alpha warrior Xiang to recover an unstoppable weapon.

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WHAT’S PLAYING

ON SCREEN Latest films and TV series

MOVIE PATRIOTS DAY. Based upon the dramatic real-life manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers and the race to stop them before they strike again. MOVIE THE FOUNDER. The story of how struggling salesman Ray Kroc turned Mac and Dick McDonald’s fast food restaurant into a billion-dollar empire. MOVIE LEGO SCOOBY DOO!: HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD. The Scooby-Doo gang visit a fading movie studio and try to rescue it from developers, but ghostly goings on stand in their way. TV SERIES LOUIE. The life of Louis CK, a divorced comedian with two kids living in New York. TV SERIES THE GRINDER A TV lawyer joins his brother at their family’s real-life law firm when his hit series is cancelled, despite having no experience.

RADIO Sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in beautiful music.

PLUG IN!

Most Airbus A340 aircraft and all Airbus A330 aircraft are equipped with an electricity socket, which you will find under your seat. On the Airbus A350 aircraft, you will find a USB port located in the seatback monitor in Economy class and directly from the seat in B ­ usiness class.


FLY FINNAIR INFLIGHT SHOPPING

NEW KALEVALA KORU Daydream necklace Available in pre-order shopping catalogue from May 17, 2017 €69

SAVE 27%

SURPRISE MOM OR A GRADUATE! Check out the complete selection at finnairshop.com and in the pre-order shopping catalogue. And remember you can shop onboard via the Wi-Fi portal on all Wi-Fi connected Finnair flights.

BOSS The Scent for Her edp Available in pre-order shopping catalogue €48

20% OFF when you pre-order

NEW SOLEY EyGló 60 ml Available in pre-order shopping catalogue from May 17, 2017 €42

GET 20% OFF when you pre-order before any Finnair flight ­in May! Finnair carries a wide ­selection of ­cosmetics, fragrances, gift items, confectionary, and jewellery, all of which can be ­purchased before your flight. On most Intercontinental flights and flights to and from destinations outside the EU, wine and spirits are available for purchase. You also earn Finnair Plus points with every purchase.

SAVE 23%

NEW SOLEY Birta Lift&Glo 15 ml Available in pre-order shopping catalogue from May 17, 2017 €37

DANIEL WELLINGTON Classic Sheffield men’s watch Available in pre-order shopping catalogue €145

PRE-ORDER

for stress-free shopping NEW JOSEPH PERRIER Cuvée Royale Brut Rosé 0,75 L Available in pre-order shopping catalogue from May 17, 2017 €28.50

Ordering in advance is always a good idea. You can save up to 60 per cent compared to city prices. There’s no minimum order and your ­purchase will be waiting at your seat on your next flight! www.finnairshop.com

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FLY FINNAIR SUSTAINABILITY

BETTER PLANET Finnair focuses on building a clean, caring, and collaborative sustainability strategy: FINNAIR has reduced its carbon dioxide ­emissions by more than 19 per cent per tonne-kilometre ­between 2009 and 2017. The airline is also working to systematically lower aircraft noise. One key way to reduce carbon emissions as well as noise is to fly with modern aircraft. The average age of Finnair’s fleet is less than 10 years.

ACHIEVING EMISSIONS GOALS FINNAIR’S long-term target has been to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent relative to Revenue Tonne Kilometre (RTK) from 2009 to the end of 2017. By the end of 2016 the airline had ­already come very close to this goal, having cut these annual relative carbon dioxide emissions by 19.4 per cent. Much of this milestone can be ­attributed to the acquisition of modern, fuel-efficient Airbus A350 aircraft. Beyond direct routes and a modern fleet, an ­efficiently filled aircraft helps optimise fuel use. The airline has also worked to do

WORK WITH US

DO GOOD Finnair makes it even easier to donate to charity. Passengers can now make a donation to UNICEF Finland when they book their flights on the Finnair website. Donations are possible in sums of five, ten, or twenty euros. Finnair also collaborates with many other environmental and ­humanitarian organisations.

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more with less fuel by i­mproving processes both in the air and on the ground. “The most significant factor affecting the fuel consumption of an aircraft is its weight. The use of new technology and high-quality lightweight materials has enabled Finnair to reduce the empty weight of its aircraft. Weight, along with safety, is a key consideration in all aircraft equipment purchases,” says Outi Merilä, Environmental Manager of Finnair’s Operations. company.finnair.com/en

Finnair Plus members can ­make point donations to the following ­charities at www.finnairshop.com: • The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation • The Association of Friends of the University ­Children’s Hospitals • The Cancer Society of Finland • The Finnish Red Cross • UNICEF Finland • Hope • UN Women

FINNAIR is signatory for the UN Global Compact, which is a corporate responsibility initiative aiming to make human rights, fair labour standards, environmental responsibility, and anti-corruption core parts of the participating companies’ operations. FINNAIR has received 8 of 19 forthcoming Airbus A350 aircraft, which cut back on fuel consumption and emissions by 25 per cent. FINNAIR was one of the first airlines in the world to receive an IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) certification; this environmental management system is a set of processes and practices that enable an airline to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. THE AIRLINE invests in the development of alternative fuels, and supports the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and halving emissions by 2050 (from 2005 levels). FINNAIR emphasises non-discrimination and inclusion. Its Working Group for Equality, established in 2015, drafted an equality plan with both travellers and employees in mind. FINNAIR is a member of the Climate Leadership Council, an initiative bringing together leading Finnish businesses to combat climate change and foster business eco-technologies. FINNAIR is currently covered by ESG rating agency oekom Research AG, and was rated a “prime” sustainable investment and the global industry leader in the logistics sector with the score B-. The airline has been consistently the highest-rated airline in the CDP review. In 2016, Finnair’s score was A-.


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HAPPY LANDINGS

Arriving and departing Helsinki Airport

PASSENGERS at Helsinki Airport can use the 30 automated border control gates. Fifteen of these are located in the departure hall. The Finnish Border Guard’s automated border control helps serve growing passenger volumes at Helsinki Airport. EU, EEA, Japanese, and Swiss nationals with biometric passports can take advantage of the automated border control gates. Other foreign nationals, who are exempt from the visa ­rrequirement equirement and hold a biometric passport, may also use the automated border control upon departure. This service is available for ­A ustralian, Canadian, Japanese, Australian, New Zealand, South Korean, and U.S. citizens. The automated border control is monitored by a border guard ensuring secure border crossings. Please note that passengers travelling with an infant, baggage trolley or wheelchair must use the manual border control lane.

AUTOMATED BORDER CONTROL Place your passport with the info page face down on the reader. Please wait while your passport is being read for biographical and biometric data. When the scan is complete, the gate will open. ヘルシンキ・ヴァンター空港シェンゲンエリアで は、入出国審査の際に自動化ゲートをご利用頂けま す。対象となるのはICパスポートをお持ちのお客様 です。

대한민국 전자여권을 소지한 승객께서는 유럽에서 한국으로 입국 시, 헬싱키 공항에서 자동출국심사 서비스를 이용 하실 수 있습니다.

① パスポートの顔写真ページを読み取ります。該当 ページを読み取り機の上に置いて下さい。個人情報 と生体認証データを読み取ります。

우선, 전자여권의 사진 페이지를 인식장치에 올려주시기를 바랍니다. 이 과정에서 여권정보가 시스템에 자동 인식됩니다.

② ゲートが開いたら中に入り、右を向いて下さい。 パスポートの顔写真と照合します。バックパック・ 帽子・眼鏡などは外して下さい。足跡マークの上に 立って画面を正面からまっすぐに見て下さい。 ③ 二番目のゲートが開いたら、入国審査官のカウン ターにお進み下さい。パスポートを確認した後、入 国または出国スタンプを押印致します。シェンゲン エリア居住許可証をお持ちの方は、入国審査官にご 提示下さい。

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첫 번째 게이트가 열리면 안으로 들어가 오른쪽에 위치한 카메라로 안면인증을 거치게 됩니다. 이후 마지막 게이트에서 출입국관리 직원의 출국확인도장을 받으시면 됩니다. 보다 간편하고 빠른 본 자동시스템의 많은 이용 바랍니다. 대한민국 전자여권은? 2008년 8월 25일 이후 발급된 여권으로 표지 하단부에 전자칩과 안테나가 내장 되어 있는 여권입니다.

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Enter through the gate and turn right. Please remove your backpack if you’re wearing one and stand on the footprints on the floor. Remove your glasses and hat. Stand still and look directly at the screen keeping your face visible. The camera will compare your facial image with the biometric feature scanned from your passport. Wait until the second gate opens. The border check for EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals is completed when the gate opens. Other foreign nationals must move towards the border guard, who will check your entry stamp and mark your passport with an exit stamp.

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WELCOME TO HELSINKI AIRPORT HOW TO TRANSFER Check your gate and departure time on the airport monitors. All Finnair and Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra) departures are located in the same terminal. If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, please contact the transfer service desk. Most passengers transferring from non-EU countries to EU countries must go through security and passport control. Please note that liquids are restricted in carry-on baggage. If your baggage has not been checked through to your final destination, collect it from the baggage claim area, and go to check-in and security control. AUTOMATED BORDER CHECKS are available to passengers with biometric passports. The service is available for ­Australian, Canadian, EEA, EU, Japanese, ­New ­Zealand, South Korean, Swiss, and U.S. citizens. See more ­information on page 85.

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FINNAIR TRANSFER SERVICE desks in Helsinki Airport T2 ­terminal are ready to help you with any inquiries related to your connection flights.

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BUS CONNECTION The Finnair City Bus to the Helsinki Railway Station leaves from Terminal 2 every 20 minutes, stopping also at Terminal 1. Travel time is about 30 minutes. Price: €6.30

CHECKING IN Checking in to your Finnair flight is easy. You can save time by checking in at a self-service kiosk at the airport, online 36 hours before departure, or by text message. For flights to the US, online check-in opens 24 hours before departure.

TRAIN CONNECTION The Ring Rail Line connects Helsinki Airport to downtown Helsinki. There is direct access from the corridor ­between T1 and T2 terminals to the train station by two lifts and three escalators.

FLIGHT DISRUPTIONS In case a flight is delayed or cancelled, Finnair will make every effort to keep you updated. Please make sure that you have provided Finnair with your email address and phone number.

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SHOP

SERVICES AND FACILITIES SHOP SHOPPING Receive special offers for airport services when you show your Finnair Plus card. You will recognise our partners by the Finnair Plus symbol. Helsinki Airport features more than 30 shops and boutiques and various restaurants and cafés.

WIRELESS INTERNET Helsinki Airport offers free Wi-Fi throughout the airport. CHILDREN Children’s playrooms offer videos, microwave ovens, and baby care facilities. NON-SMOKING Smoking at Helsinki Airport is prohibited outside of designated smoking rooms.

SHOP


FLY FINNAIR HELSINKI AIRPORT WALKING TIME GATE 24–30: 7 MIN

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INQUIRIES Lentäjäntie 1 (next to T2, street level) Open Mon–Fri 09:00–17:00 and Sat 09:00–15:00 Tel 0600 41006 (1,97€/min + local network charge)

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13 MORE LOUNGING ROOM Come July, Finnair passengers can enjoy a more comfortable experience in the Finnair Lounge near gate 22 in the Schengen area. This spring, the facility is undergoing a refreshing upgrade. Not only will there be a Relax area with 26 new seats, there will also be an inviting new work space for customers. The reception area will be upgraded as well. Finnair apologises in advance for any inconvenience the renovation may cause.

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FLY FINNAIR FLIGHTS WITHIN EUROPE KARTAT Great Circle Estimated FROM HELSINKI AMSTERDAM ALANYA/GAZIPASA ALICANTE ARRECIFE ATHENS BARCELONA BERGEN BERLIN BIARRITZ BILLUND BRUSSELS BUDAPEST CATANIA CHANIA COPENHAGEN CORFU DALAMAN DUBLIN DUBROVNIK DÜSSELDORF EDINBURGH EILAT EKATERINBURG FRANKFURT FUERTEVENTURA FUNCHAL GDANSK GENEVA GOTHENBURG HAMBURG HERAKLION IBIZA INNSBRUCK KAZAN KOS KRAKOW LAS PALMAS LISBON LJUBLJANA LONDON MADRID MALAGA MALTA MANCHESTER MENORCA MILAN MINSK MOSCOW MUNICH MYTILENE NAPLES NICE OSLO PALMA DE MALLORCA PAPHOS PARIS PISA PRAGUE

Distances km

1525 02:35 2722 03:45 3034 04:25 4518 05:55 2490 03:40 2632 03:55 1112 03:30 1123 02:00 2581 03:45 1060 01:50 1651 02:40 1481 02:20 2636 03:45 2756 03:50 895 01:40 2329 03:25 2639 03:40 2030 03:10 2027 03:00 1512 02:25 1717 02:40 3457 04:45 2098 03:05 1543 02:35 4578 06:05 4310 05:45 768 02:00 1994 03:00 785 01:25 1172 02:00 2777 03:55 2897 04:00 1701 02:35 1521 02:30 2620 03:45 1186 02:00 4700 06:10 3369 04:50 1713 02:40 1863 03:10 2950 04:25 3357 04:35 2822 04:15 1817 03:00 2688 04:05 1953 03:05 740 01:25 876 01:40 1577 02:30 1471 03:35 2283 03:25 2202 03:25 766 01:30 2777 04:00 2898 04:00 1900 03:05 2093 03:20 1322 02:10

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Great Circle Estimated Distances Flight km Times

Flight Times PREVEZA PULA REYKJAVIK RHODES RIGA RIMINI ROME SALZBURG SAMARA SANTORINI SKIATHOS SPLIT STOCKHOLM ST. PETERSBURG TALLINN TARTU TEL AVIV TENERIFE NORTE TENERIFE SUR VARNA VENICE VERONA VIENNA VILNIUS VISBY WARSAW ZAKYNTHOS ZÜRICH

2397 03:25 1865 02:55 2429 3:50 2668 03:45 382 00:55 1993 03:00 2235 03:25 1592 02:30 1698 02:35 2660 03:40 2353 03:30 1956 02:55 400 01:00 301 01:00 101 00:30 245 00:50 3230 04:25 4691 06:10 4745 06:10 1911 02:55 1847 02:55 1903 02:55 1462 02:30 633 01:15 481 01:25 940 01:40 2526 03:55 1781 02:45

SCHEDULED DESTINATIONS LEISURE DESTINATIONS PARTNER-OPERATED CODE-SHARE OR MARKETING DESTINATIONS SEASONAL ROUTE  EW SCHEDULED N SEASONAL ROUTE  NEW SCHEDULED DESTINATION IN 2017

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931 01:35 360 01:00 235 00:50 464 01:20 282 00:55 609 01:35 823 01:25 391 01:10 335 01:00 667 01:15 514 01:05 697 01:20 143 00:35 150 00:35 348 00:55

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BANGKOK 7912 09:45 BEIJING 6325 07:55 CHICAGO 7139 09:15 CHONGQING 6736 08:40 DELHI 5229 06:50 DUBAI 4537 05:55 FUKUOKA 8060 09:30 GOA 6328 8:10 GUANGZHOU 7693 09:30 HAVANA 8703 11:15 HÔ CHI MINH CITY (Saigon) 8510 10:50 HONG KONG 7821 09:35 KRABI 8350 10:20 MIAMI 8342 11:10 NAGOYA 7780 09:40 NEW YORK 6626 08:45 OSAKA 7751 09:30 PHUKET 8312 10:05 PUERTO VALLARTA 9960 12:30 PUERTO PLATA 8417 11:15 SAN FRANCISCO 8724 10:45 SEOUL 7050 08:40 SHANGHAI 7410 09:05 SINGAPORE 9272 11:30 TOKYO 7849 09:45 XIAN 6421 07:50

Atlantic Ocean

Havana Puerto Vallarta

FINNAIR PLUS members earn Plus points from travelling on any ­scheduled flight with a oneworld airline. The oneworld alliance flies to more than 1,000 destinations.

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FLY FINNAIR FLEET

AIRBUS A350-900 Number 8+ 11 on order Seating capacity 297 Length 66.8 m Wingspan 64.75 m Cruising speed 903 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 13,000 m

AIRBUS A330-300 Number 8 Seating capacity 289/263 Length 63.6 m Wingspan 60.3 m Cruising speed 870 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 12,600 m

AIRBUS A321 (ER) Number 14 Seating capacity 196–209 Length 44.5 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m

AIRBUS A320 Number 10 Seating capacity 165 Length 37.6 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m

AIRBUS A319 Number 8 Seating capacity 138 Length 33.8 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m

EMBRAER 190 Operated by Norra Number 12 Seating capacity 100 Length 36.2 m Wingspan 28.7 m Cruising speed 850 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 12,300 m

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FLY FINNAIR MY FINNAIR

MY FINNAIR EVERY SEAT HAS A STORY It’s the customers who make Finnair and that’s why we’ve dedicated this page to your travel stories.

#FEELFINNAIR Share your Finnair moments on I­nstagram using @feelfinnair. And if you want to get featured use #feelfinnair.

MEET THE FREQUENT FLYER Which Finnair Plus ­benefit do you use most: If I don’t use points for a travel class upgrade then I use my points for a hotel voucher. What is the most impressive ­airport you have visited? I’d have to say Singapore Changi Airport.

w1tzka@vipu_slm got herself a very special seat on the flight back home! Thank you captain @aleksi_a_.

What is your go-to airplane snack? I always have a Fazer Blue chocolate bar on hand.

Susanne Joensuu has been a Finnair Plus member for more than 15 years. Finnair Plus tier: Gold Avg. flights per year: 30 Next destination: São Paulo, Brazil

What is your all-time favourite destination? I have two favourites: Madeira, Portugal, and Barcelona, Spain. What has been your most ­memorable flight? Flying over the Alps when the sky is clear. frequenttraveler Early morning at Tsukiji Market, one of the world’s largest fish markets handling over 2,000 tons of marine products.

APP & AWAY

QUESTIONS? Twitter: @FinnairHelps Facebook: facebook.com/finnair Finnair on chat: Live chat is available on weekdays from 7 am to 10 pm, on Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am to 10 pm (Finnish time).

Find Finnair on WeChat! Scan and follow Finnair’s official WeChat account.

Finnair’s mobile app is now available to everyone who has a Finnair booking. Log in with either your Finnair Plus member ID or your booking reference number and surname. Go to finnair.com to learn more.

photosofrode Bangkok International Book Fair! Finland is the guest of honor.

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FINNAIR PLUS FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM

JOIN NOW

A world of benefits for ­frequent flyers

THE FINNAIR PLUS PROGRAM allows you to earn both tier points and award points when travelling with Finnair or a ­oneworld airline and from ­services provided by Finnair Plus partners. As a Finnair Plus member you get instant access to valuable benefits including:

· A head start on special flight sales · Exclusive members prices on offers · Earn and use points on Finnair, oneworld, and partner airline flights · Earn and use points on numerous worldwide partner services

RENEWED FINNAIR PLUS With our latest changes, it’s easier to reach tier ­membership. You can also enjoy simpler ways of ­earning and using points for Finnair flights. Read more about the changes: finnair.com/plus

DID YOU KNOW? JOIN FOR FREE by filling in the Finnair Plus form attached to this magazine or online at finnair.com/plus

NEW WAYS TO USE POINTS AS A FINNAIR PLUS MEMBER you can

use your Finnair Plus award points for additional ­Finnair services such as seat selection, meals, and extra baggage payments online. The number of points you pay depends on your flight and the chosen service. You can pay for additional services at the time you book your reservation, or later through the ­Manage Booking tab. finnair.com/plus

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FINNAIR PLUS FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM

FINNAIR PLUS MEMBERSHIP

FINNAIR PLUS TIERS AND BENEFITS JUNIOR Children aged 2–17 can join the Finnair Plus Junior program. The points earned can be spent on award flights as well as for fun reward items. BASIC · F lights awards · Additional  baggage charges with points · Extra  services for flights with points · Partner  service purchases with points · Waiting  list priority based on tier SILVER · One  extra bag (max. 23 kg) free of charge · F innair lounge access* · P  riority Lane · 1 0% points bonus · 10%  discount on ­Finnair tax-free purchases outside of the EU * Chargeable from August 1, 2016

All tier benefits are valid on Finnair flights (AY operated and AY marketed)

GOLD · Special  baggage free of charge · T ravel class upgrades · F innair and oneworld Business Class and Frequent Flyer lounge access + 1 guest · P  riority Lane · 1 5% points bonus · 10%  discount on Finnair tax-free purchases outside of the EU PLATINUM · G  old card giveaway · Special  baggage free of charge · T ravel class upgrades · Travel  upgrades for family members · F innair and oneworld Business and First Class and Frequent Flyer lounge access + 1 guest · P  riority Lane · Points  do not expire during tracking period · 2 5% points bonus · 10%  discount on Finnair tax-free purchases outside of the EU

Remember to keep your Finnair Plus card with you at all times to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities to earn points!

EQUIVALENT ONEWORLD TIERS Finnair Plus oneworld Basic --Silver Ruby Gold Sapphire Platinum Emerald

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FINNAIR PLUS NEWS THIS MONTH

TIPS FROM FINNAIR’S CUSTOMER LOYALTY TEAM Pipsa Hukka Manager, Finnair Plus services

REASONS TO CELEBRATE! Finnair Plus turns 25 years on May 1st and there’s a lot going on the entire month – from discounted award flights to great Finnair Plus partner offers.

Don’t forget to login to your Finnair Plus account and see how much you know about the Finnair Plus program. You can even win Finnair Plus points!

1. FINNAIR PLUS turns 25 years in May! Take a look at finnair.com/plus and see all the offers and competitions we have planned. Come celebrate with us!

Check finnair.com/plus for more information.

PARTNER BENEFITS VISIT FINLAND / JUSSI HELLSTEN

WELCOME TO OUR NEW PARTNER

FUN IN THE SUN

GREAT NEWS! From mid-May onwards, Finnair partners with Alaska Airlines. And as a Finnair Plus member, you can earn and redeem Finnair Plus points when flying with Alaska Airlines.

THE FINNISH SUMMER is full of great events. Use your Finnair Plus points to redeem tickets for the coolest experiences from outdoor theatre to music festivals.

finnair.com/plus

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2. TRANSFER AWARD points from one account to another. Just login to your Finnair Plus account and follow the instructions. A €10 charge will be collected for each transfer. 3. USE POINTS for travel ­extras such as a preferred seat, a delicious meal, extra baggage, or even an award voucher for Tax Free and Sky Bistro products as well as pre-order products before your flight. www.finnairshop.com


FINNAIR PLUS TOP PICKS THIS MONTH

USE YOUR POINTS WISELY FOR THIS SEASON’S BEST! NOW YOU CAN FIND Finnair gift cards, partner services, and award vouchers as well as Finnair Shop brands all under the same roof. Simply login using your frequent flyer number, place your order, and pay with Finnair Plus points, money, or a combination of both. Shop for the always affordable 1,000 Point Special Offers and your Plus points can be worth hundreds of euros! www.finnairshop.com

TOP 5 PARTNER SERVICES THIS MONTH 1. LINNANMÄKI gift voucher: from €26 + 2,000p 2. GRÖNA LUND entrance gift voucher: from €7 + 1,000p 3. GREEN FEE gift voucher: from €30+ 1,700p 4. ROYAL RESTAURANT €50 gift voucher: from €24 + 2,000p 5. SIBELIUS FINLAND EXPERIENCE gift voucher: €28+ 3,000p Gift vouchers can be redeemed with points or a combination of money and points.

1 ,000 POINTS SPECIAL OFFERS ARABIA SUOMI 100 MUG SET, 1914-2017, 10 PC €179 Member offer €159 + 1,000p DELONGHI KG521.M DEDICA GRINDER €279 Member offer €220 + 1,000p

BEAUTYBLENDER® TRAVEL SET €42.80 Member offer €29+ 1,000p

LACOSTE CARNABY FOR MEN AND WOMEN €109 Member offer €85 + 1,000p

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FINLAND IN FIGURES

GOVERNMENT According to Statistics Finland, 40 per cent of the candidates in the recently held municipal elections were female.

FINLAND

ECONOMIC STRUCTURE

IN FIGURES

Employed persons by industry, 4th quarter 2016 (per cent of total)

AREA • 390,908 sq. kil­o­me­tres, of ­which 9% is fresh water; land area is 303,912 ­sq. kil­o­me­tres. There are 188,000 lakes. 7% of the l­and is ­utilised agricultural area. Forests (mainly pine, spruce, and birch) and other wooded land (e.g. alpine birch f­ orest) cover 76% of the land area. GOVERNMENT • Sove­reign par­lia­men­tary re­pub­lic ­since 1917. • The pres­i­dent is elect­ed eve­r y six years. The current president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö took office in March 2012. The 200 mem­bers of Par­lia­ment are elect­ed for fouryear terms. • Finland has been a member of the European Union since January 1995. ECONOMY • GDP 2016: 210 billion euros, the annual change in volume 0.3% • Annual inflation rate as of February 2017: 1.2% • Currency: Euro

Construction and energy 9%

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35%

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Transport and communications

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Food prod. and textiles

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Adjusted for Purchasing Power Standard

67.100 47.800 45.600 39.600 38.200 37.100 32.800* 28.900

46.300 36.600 35.700 31.200 31.600 35.800 30.600* 28.900

Foreign trade 2016 exports by products by activity: 51,780 MEUR (per cent of total) Forest industry products

21.9%

Chemical industry products

19.7%

Other industries

18.4%

Metals and metal products

14.4%

Machinery and equipment

13.4%

Electric and electronics industry products

12.2%

*preliminary

MONTHLY TEMPERATURES IN HELSINKI 2016

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Mean˚C -8.8 0.3 0.9 4.8 13.8 15.3 17.8 16.4 13.3 5.6 0.0 0.2 Max˚C 4.7 4.1 9.7 12.6 22.8 25.4 25.4 22.6 21.6 15.1 7.6 7.0 Min˚C -23.9 -8.9 -7.0 -1.1 4.5 6.2 11.3 8.9 5.6 -1.2 -10.4 -11.0

More information: finland.fi, goodnewsfromfinland.com, findicator.fi

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Metal and engineering products

EXPORTS BY PRODUCTS

Gross domestic product per capita 2015 (EUR)

Norway Denmark Sweden UK Finland Germany France EU28

Manufacturing

Source: Statistics Finland

POPULATION • 5.5 mil­lion • Life ex­pec­tan­c y: men 78.5 and women 84.1 years • Av­er­age house­hold ­size: 2.1 persons • L anguages: 89% s­ peak Finn­ish; 5.3% Swedish; 1.3% Russian • Religion: 74% Lu­ther­an; 1% Orthodox; 24% census register or unknown • 83% of the pop­u­la­tion aged 25 to 64 ­have com­plet­ed upper secondary or tertiary ed­u­ca­tion and 39% ­have uni­ver­sity or other tertiary qualifications.


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