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Play issue 9 / 2019

BLUE WINGS WHO RULES THE CODE?

PLAY I T AG A I N

Bricks and kicks at Denmark’s Lego haven SKI N N Y DI PPI N G

Sweden’s answer to winter swimming LAUGH I N G M AT T E R S

The underdogs of comedy strike back

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Editorial Welcome onboard

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FO KUS M E D I A F I N L A N D

TOPI MANNE R

Chief Executive Officer, Finnair

Managing editor Amanda Soila Art director Aino Ahtiainen Web editor Shelly Nyqvist Visual designer Sesilja Lindell Editorial assistant Aino Vähälä English editing Silja Kudel Reproduction Teemu Salovaara Cover Oona Ylänkö by Sanna Lehto Behind this issue Mark Andrews, Tim Bird, Micha van Dinther, Mark Fletcher, Laura Iisalo, Jolanda Jokinen, Silja Kudel, Mikael Lundblad, Don McCracken, Katja Pantzar, Hernan Patiño, Heli Sorjonen, Wif Stenger, and Liisa Valonen Submissions and feedback bluewings@fokusmedia.fi Blue Wings online bluewings.finnair.com issuu.com/finnair_bluewings Editorial Offices Hämeentie 135 A, 00560 Helsinki, Finland, tel. +358 40 630 8253 firstname.lastname@fokusmedia.fi Advertising Sales Jaana Lindvall-Harki tel. +358 40 582 1416 jaana.lindvall-harki@fokusmedia.fi Publisher Fokus Media Finland Printed by Punamusta, Joensuu, Finland 2019 Paper UPM Valor 61g, Cover paper Stora Enso LumiArt 200g ISSN-0358-7703

Editor-in-Chief Arja Suominen arja.suominen@finnair.com Finnair Head Office Tietotie 9 A, Helsinki Airport, 1053 Finnair, Finland, tel. +358 (0)9 818 81, Postal address: P. O. Box 15, 01053 Finnair, Finland Customer feedback finnair.com/feedback or by mail: Customer Relations, SL/403, FI-01053 Finnair finnair.com, finnair.fi, finnairgroup.com

Every move matters I ’ V E ALWAYS B E L I E VE D that to achieve difficult goals, every action counts whether it’s big or small. At Finnair, our aim is to be the best choice for responsible travellers. We are continually working to minimise our e­ nvironmental impact through a range of measures from reducing waste after flights and investing in more efficient aircraft like the A350 to recycling food waste to be used for gas-powered cars. We are also looking into broader solutions like expanding the use of sustainable aviation fuels and investigating in new technologies such as electric flying. Our customers can also play their part. Last January, we launched our Push for Change ­initiative which enables anyone to offset their emissions by supporting a certified carbon offset programme or the use of biofuels for a future flight. We are continually looking at every angle and action where we can make our operations as energy-efficient and ­sustainable as possible. Stay tuned! Wishing you a wonderful journey, Topi Manner

Our aim is to be the best choice for responsible travellers.

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Contents November

Dream 11

GLO B AL P U L S E

Zen trends

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P RO D U C T I N S PI RAT I O N

California work style

Coding goals with Oona Ylänkö. Page 26

Bricktastic fun at Lego

1 7 S H ANGH A I

PAG E 3 6

Earthscaper hotel

1 9 VARB E RG

Sweden’s spa town

2 3 NE W YO R K C I T Y

The early bird catches golden hour

Scottish silence PAG E 3 0

Explore 2 6 PR OFI L E

Caribbean heat in Sweden

Coding school CEO Oona Ylänkö 3 0 E SCAPE

Legendary Scotland 3 6 B I L LUND

Lego’s playhouse

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45 SMAR T STUFF

Clever thinking by companies

Shanghai’s subterranean hotel experience. Page 17

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Contents November

Create 50 C RE ATIV E CO R N ER

Laughter is the best medicine 59 S H OWRO O M

Global design 66 INV E STIGATIO N

Sustainable aviation 72 Q &A

Nanjing effect

Winter charm of Nanjing. Page 72

The new face of Finnish comedy

Fly

PAG E 5 0

79 FI NNAI R NE WS

What’s new

82 FI NNAI R SE RVI CES

Fly the short northern route 83 FI NNAI R PLUS

Frequent flyer rewards

84 SHOPPI NG

Wish list from the Finnair Shop

86 MY FI NNAI R

Passenger stories

87 NOR D I C KI TCHE N

3 ways to a tasty meal

88 W E L L NE SS

Curated collectables

Comfortable flying

89 E NTE R TAI NME NT

PAG E 59

Stay connected

90 STAFF TI PS

Sailing away

91

HOL I DAY SAMPL ER

Sustainable travel

92 SUSTAI NAB I L I TY

Points to the rescue

93 FL E E T

Imagining future flight. Page 66

Modern fleet at your service

94 MAPS

Helsinki Airport and destination check-list

98 FI NL AND FACTS

Fascinating figures

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The big chill Dipping into the warm heart of Swedish spa culture (p. 19) NOVEMBER 2019 BLUE WINGS 9


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E V E R D RE AM T O F

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Up close TEXT MARK ANDREWS

Off the beaten path

PHOTOS MARK ANDREWS AND COURTESY OF INTERCONTINENTAL SHANGHAI

Every night at 7:30 pm an Echo ­performance projects images onto a wall of water in the lake accompanied by a soundtrack.

FIVE-STAR WONDER NOWH E RE is the old expression “location, location,” more apt than with one of Shanghai’s n ­ ewest hotels. The five-star InterContinental ­Shanghai Wonderland hugs the side of an abandoned andesite quarry in the southwest Songjiang ­District, just 20 minutes from downtown. Shimao Group chairman Xu Rongmao had the vision for the project after discovering the abandoned 88-metre deep quarry. Describing it as a scar on the earth, he wanted to turn it into a treasure. “The potential beauty and drama of this incredible site and the challenges and opportunities it gave struck me immediately. To see it becoming ­reality after 12 years is a great feeling,” says lead architect Martin Jochman, who has seen the p ­ roject through from beginning to end. “The massing elements of the hotel are

based on the shape of the quarry edge on which it sits and is ‘organically’ composed using three basic elements, inspired by the quarry and the surrounding environment itself,” says Jochman. A waterfall cascades down the cliff face opposite the hotel, and the former path taken by the quarrymen, illuminated at night by LED lights, zigzags its way down the cliff face. Sixteen of the hotel’s 18 floors are below ground level including two beneath the surface of the lake. All 336 rooms have views of the quarry but with the living rooms of the suites located underwater, each has a private aquarium. For the adventurous there is kayaking on the lake and rock climbing up the walls. And for the those with a head for heights the theme park next door has a zip line to whiz you over the crater. 

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Inside track Sweden

NAKED TRUTH Varberg on Sweden’s west coast is the country’s most spa-dense town. TEXT MICHA VAN DINTHER PHOTOS MIKAEL LUNDBLAD

BACK TO THE SOURCE people have travelled to the western Swedish coastal town of Varberg to bathe and drink themselves back to health and prosperity. Although the well that supplied the town with salubrious mineral water has long since dried up, it has paved the way for many a spa – all with their own claim to fame. Most of these still echo the local spa culture of yore, with rituals and treatments that honour traditional practices. A must when visiting Sweden’s principal spa town is going for a soak in heated sea water while being massaged with handharvested seaweed – a historic treatment that would set spa-goers back seven cents in 1913.

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Serrated wrack, Fucus serratus, is harvested for use in cosmetics.

SKINNY DIPPING W H I LE MOST SPAS enforce a swimsuit policy, the Swedes aren’t shy about shedding their clothes. At the historic Varberg kallbadhus open-air bath, skinny-dipping is a requisite, with men and women given access to their own half of the stilted building. Each section has a separate sauna, which comes in handy when temperatures dip below zero. A short stroll further down the shore, lie Varberg’s two year-round nudist beaches – ladies are directed to Skarpe Nord, while gents are invited to drop their trunks at Goda Hopp.

One best enjoys the Varberg kallbadhus open-air bath in the buff!

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VARBERG SPAS

A DASH OF EXOTICISM W HI L E CE L E B RATI NG its past, Varberg isn’t afraid to look beyond the horizon for inspiration. Case in point, Hotell Havanna boasts a Nordic spa culture infused with Caribbean heat. Elsewhere, Hotel Gästis looks to Russia in the re-creation of Lenin’s favourite spa in St. Petersburg, while Varbergs Stadshotell’s Asia Spa is inspired by eastern wellness.

HOTE L L HAVAN N A

One of the more exotic accommodations in town is an ode to Cuba, where founder Lasse Diding spent quite a lot of time. The facility features a pool, jacuzzi, steam bath, several foot spas, steam room, and a traditional sauna.

FINNAIR FL IE S TO

Gothenburg (GOT) four times a day; Varberg is less than one hour away.

VAR B E R G KUSTH OT ELL

A NEW GENERATION Varberg has always been a breeding ground for entrepreneurs and creatives, and in recent years a new generation is leaving its mark. A few summers ago, Rochanne Handing and André Pfeiffer acquired a small beach shack and converted it into a hotspot for food, music, and surf. In early 2018 Erik ­Diding, son of Hotell Havanna and Hotel Gästis founder Lasse Diding, inherited the family business and enlisted friends Marcus Karlsson and Daniel Ehn to join him in upgrading the Havanna property with an additional building for rooms. 

No more than 52 steps from the ocean, this waterfront hotel offers elegant accommodation. It also has Sweden’s only Thalasso spa and one of its treatments is the tradition Varberg seaweed bath and massage.

VAR B E R G STADS HOT ELL

Located in the heart of market square is the stadshotell−the principal hotel of the city. Their Asia Spa, located on the top floor, merges the latest wellness technology with age-old eastern beauty rituals.

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Coordinates PHOTO HELI SORJONEN

A place to be

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Williamsburg New York

in the morning is worth it, especially if you happen to be on the 33rd floor in Williamsburg. The view across the Hudson River of New York City’s towering skyscrapers is a breathtaking spectacle as the first glimpse of sunrise illuminates the buildings. For a moment the bustling cosmopolitan city is all quiet and bathed in stunning warm tones of gold.

GE TTING UP E A R LY

Heli Sorjonen is a Finnish photographer based in Paris.

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Explore

Think beyond the box

The code must go on Who will make our games in the future? (p. 26) NOVEMBER 2019 BLUE WINGS 25


Looking at things from a different perspective with Oona Ylänkö, Hive Helsinki CEO.

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Think again

CODE BREAKER Oona Ylänkö, CEO of Helsinki’s brand-new tech school, aims to push the coding and gaming worlds beyond old stereotypes. TEXT WIF STENGER PHOTOS SANNA LEHTO

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The programming school opened in ive is definitely not your average October, less than one year after being coding school. In fact, it is as launched at the Slush startup event. far from any kind of school Ylänkö’s former employer, gaming as one could imagine. Open 24/7 with giant Supercell, helped to establish no teachers, lectures, or textbooks, it’s and bankroll the school, based on peer-to-peer inspired by Ecole 42 learning and evaluation. in Paris and its Silicon The staff stands back “How does the Valley affiliate. Like these and does not interfere. schools, Hive is tuition-free If this teaching fact of who and offers no degrees or approach seems makes our diplomas. unorthodox, so are the games affect Out of thousands of people heading the applicants, 363 were brand-new school. who plays our selected for a month-long Strolling between the games?” “boot camp” last summer, beanbags, fresh yellow with no coding experience walls, and gleaming required. Of these, less banks of monitors at than half were chosen as the entering Helsinki’s Hive coding school, CEO Oona class. About one-fifth are women and Ylänkö is on a mission to help the coding almost one-quarter born outside Finland, world move beyond stereotypes and tired with an age range between 17 and 55. old truths of what makes a good coder. Diversity has been a theme in “We want to bring together people Ylänkö’s career since her first summer from very different backgrounds. When you get a healthy mix of people, not only job at Supercell in 2013. “Working for them in San F ­ rancisco in coding but overall, it starts working exposed me to brands that have strong magic of its own,” she says. >

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CEO, Hive Helsinki coding school. Former CMO at Singa; Brand marketer at Supercell MY CI TI E S

Helsinki, Paris, Bordeaux, Montréal, San Francisco, London L E SSONS L EARN ED

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“Music production, boxing, yoga.” R OL E MOD E LS

“Beyoncé and Rihanna for their work ethic, how they carry themselves, and build massive businesses around uncompromising values.”

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stereotypes attached to them, such as gaming, and how to brand them in a way that speaks to broad, diverse audiences,” she says. Ylänkö was invited to join Hive by Supercell’s Brazilian “We want a game designer Drussila pool of coders Hollanda-Grönberg, who led the development of the school and is that represents a member of its board. “While I was at Supercell, the reality we Drussila and I spoke a lot about all live in.” diversity. How does the fact of who makes our games affect who plays our games? And how does that affect the idea of who’s allowed to be a gamer, for example? Ideally we want a pool of coders that represents the reality we all live in – and we all recognise that that’s not the status right now,” she explains. With her own international upbringing, After growing up Ylänkö brings a fresh perspective to that and studying in status, stressing that she’s not a coder, an Finland, France, and Canada, Ylänkö educator, or even a gamer. She did play joined Supercell in Sims and Warcraft as a teenager and was California. impressed when Supercell’s Clash of Clans appeared in 2012, going to work at the company the following year. “Games don’t really play a part in my life, but that curiosity and playfulness are very much present at Hive and in my current role,” says Ylänkö. Balancing work and play, she says, “comes down to who you surround yourself with. We have a fun team. That plays a big role in keeping things light – that you take your work seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously.” 

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“Curiosity and playfulness are very much present at Hive and in my current role,” says Oona Ylänkö.

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Escape Scotland

Lore of the isle

If the ruins of Brochel Castle could talk, they would have plenty stories to tell of the ebb and flow of ancient clan fortunes on the Isle of Raasay.

TEXT DON MCCRACKEN PHOTOS HERNAN PATIÑO

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A whitewashed farmhouse sits snugly at the foot of the mountain. Blazing red autumn leaves herald the approach of winter.

Highland cattle are an iconic symbol of Scotland. Their distinctive, long oily hair makes them able to withstand the wet and windy winters.

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Scotland is famous for its mountains, but the northwest of the country is home to many fabulous golden beaches along the Atlantic seaboard.

Scotland is a land of dramatic clouds that move swiftly overhead. Dunottar Castle basks in the evening light as the North Sea broods in the background.

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The iconic red deer is the largest wild animal in Scotland. Walking in the hills is the best way to spot them, but they can also be seen from the roadside.

Castles are often thought of as ­fortresses, but many also functioned as stately homes, complete with landscaped gardens.

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The bronze minotaur stands at the heart of the walled garden in Cawdor Castle. The castle itself was popularised by Shakespeare through his legendary play Macbeth.

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Step inside the spiritual home of the famous Lego brick in the adventure town of Billund in Denmark. TEXT TIM BIRD PHOTOS TIM BIRD, LEGO HOUSE, AND ISTOCK

W Lego House in Billund resembles 21 white Lego bricks.

hat Lego fan wouldn’t want Stuart Harris’s job? As senior experience designer at Lego House, just down the road from Legoland in Billund, he’s the brains behind the brick, supervising the ­addition of elements and liaising with Lego-lovers around the globe. They like to talk about appealing to “children of all ages” in this themed Danish town, and Harris is an enthusiastic example of some of the more senior children. Lego House, opened in 2017, and Legoland are distinct entities, but both feed off and nurture the global affection for this most practical and expressive of play brands. Lego House was the brainchild of Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, chairman of the Lego Group and member of the same Kirk Kristiansen family that founded the company here in 1932. The history collection in the basement of Lego House, added in response to fan community wishes, relates how the company made wooden toys until the famous brick with its interlocking tubes was developed in 1958. The name derives from an abbreviation of “play well” in Danish – leg godt – and appropriately, “lego” means “I put together” in Latin. Billund’s Legoland, the original of eight around the world and several Lego Discovery Centres, was conceived in the 1960s to demonstrate the versatility of the Lego system. But there is, and will only be, one Lego House – the Home of the Brick. Designed

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Senior experience designer Stuart Harris: “We wanted something very hands-on.”

to resemble an assembly of 21 white Lego bricks from outside, the interior focuses on a vast c­ entral “Tree of Creativity,” a metaphor for the company’s ­heritage. This creation is one of the biggest Lego builds ever, made from 6.3 million bricks, weighing over 20 tonnes and measuring 15.6 metres tall.

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For Lego, play is a serious matter. “Kjeld had the dream for many years of an experience centre to help understand something that is very important to Lego, and that is ‘learning through play’,” says Harris. “He and his son Thomas (the next family member to move into the group leadership role) are very passionate about this. Learning through play is one of our main ethoses and all the experiences are designed with this in mind. We wanted to get something very hands-on, where you could realise the brick’s potential creativity. The ‘generic’ Lego brick is at the heart of the place,” says Harris. It can be central to the way that a child learns to interact with the world and to prepare for the kind of creative thought that the modern world increasingly requires. For older devotees, building with the iconic blocks is an absorbing alternative to online pursuits and also a distinct art form. Harris’s responsibilities include coming up with innovative ideas and to administer and maintain Lego House builds – devised by himself and by the legions of international fans of all ages.

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Play hero Mathias Thorning: Helping to kickstart childhood memories.

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A venue for fans, there is nothing else quite like Lego House anywhere in the world.

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Below: Morten Gravgaard at work. Right: A Lego House play area.

­ undamental to the design of the House was the F idea that it should be a venue for fans to exhibit their work, and Harris is in charge of sourcing and curating the fans’ work. Every September a “swapover” is planned, timed in connection with a major international fan event in Denmark. Billund has evolved into “Lego central,” and its facilities and infrastructure, including its sizeable international airport, have developed in response to Lego’s presence, not vice versa. Nearly all enterprises in this pleasant Danish rural town setting are linked in some way to Lego business and tourism. But was this the first choice for an ambitious, creative venture like Lego House? “There were many discussions about where to build the House but it was decided that it would be loyal to the brand to have it here in Billund, not in New York or somewhere more commercially obvious,” says Trine Nissen from sales and marketing. “It’s only 200 metres from where everything started in 1932. You won’t see anything like this anywhere else.”

LEGO LUNCH The element of play is present all around Lego House, including its three restaurants. To order at

Lego Gourmet, one selects tiny bricks of different colours and sizes to represent different items on the menu and inserts them into a table-top device. A digital screen whirs into action and shows animated Lego minifigure characters busy in the kitchen, chirping away in “Lego-ese.” When the order is ready, two robots sort meals in colour-coded brick boxes and deliver them to the canteen. And then there are the play areas that are located all over the building, where children, young and not so young, can – literally – dive into oceans of Lego bricks and lose themselves in creative experience. Four experience zones are coded: red for creative skills, blue for cognitive skills, green for social skills, and yellow for emotional skills. In case anybody is daunted by this sudden ­proliferation of Lego resources, blue-shirted members of a team of Lego play agents are always on hand. These are led by ten play heroes, part of a 200-strong permanent workforce. “Our day-to-day

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The House is clearly a hit with fans of all ages.

job is to assist the guests in returning to childhood memories with Lego bricks and to help them start creating,” says play hero Mathias Thorning. “We want to kick-start those childhood memories so that one, two, or four hours later they want to show off what they’ve done – even the parents!”

AFOLS ARE NO FOOLS The House is clearly a hit with the public – prebooking is essential for all v ­ isits – but their affections also endure for the venue’s cousin one kilometre up the road. Legoland, with its ­familyfriendly amusement park atmosphere, ­provides

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a different, more expansive experience. This is augmented by the original Legoland Hotel and a new arrival, the Lego Castle Hotel with its colourfully-themed wizard and knight wings, where Lego dragons perch in the corner of the rooms and cupboards contain surprises. The lines are forming outside the Legoland gates 30 minutes before they are due to open and model shop assistant Morten Gravgaard is doing some last-minute checks in Miniland, the enchanting ­miniature re-creation of towns and cities that is probably the park’s most famous attraction. Trained as a baker, he prefers to work with the legendary bricks. “My job is to repair, replace, and build new Lego models,” says Gravgaard. Visitors are inspired to build by the models and creations they see in Legoland, he says. “There are plenty of adult fans of Lego – AFOLs – I know because I am one of them! It’s a kind of therapy, building in Lego.” Unlimited possibilities: It’s an explanation for Lego’s magic expressed by many fans, including Morten Gravgaard. It’s a magic that crosses ­borders, too. The best ideas are the simple ones, says Stuart Harris. “Lego holds together as if by glue – we call it clutch power – but you can always pull it apart. There is an element of under-rated sophistication about it, but it’s also very egalitarian. You can give the same bricks to everyone and depending on their imagination, cultural references, and background, they will create something different.” 


A giant dinosaur at Lego House – but this play material is far from extinct.

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Ali Jahangiri arrived in Finland as a nine-year-old refugee from Iran. Today he does standup in Finnish, English, Swedish, and Farsi.

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Different is funny – in a good way these days. People who were once the punchline are now taking centre stage as the new heroes of the comedy-verse. TEXT SILJA KUDEL PHOTOS LIISA VALONEN

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Help me, Antti!

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efining Antti Holma is about as easy as catching steam in a butterfly net. He’s an actor, writer, poet, blogger, singer, and, since relocating to join his husband in New York last year, a full-time ­podcaster. Which title fits him best? “I’m asked this question daily in New York. Americans hate unclassifiable things!” responds Holma. “If I say I’m a comedian, they expect me to start cracking jokes, and I’m not funny socially. I usually just say I’m a disgraced celebrity from a small country who had to flee the paparazzi,” he cracks. (The “not socially funny” part, by the way, is flagrantly untrue.) Just as Holma’s ­professional title evades definition, so does his style of humour. There’s the buttonpushing crudeness of his ­podcast Radio Sodoma, “a ­terrible, terrible radio s­ tation that broadcasts in a hell-like place.” And then there’s the introspective musings of Auta Antti! (Help Me, Antti!), a podcast tackling topics from death to sex based on questions sent in by listeners, with Holma using his ­personal experiences to fuel acerbic yet compassionate observations on human foibles.

“I look at the ugliness of everyday interactions as honestly as I can. Life is sometimes funny and sometimes grim. I want to embrace that. For me humour is a way of getting under ­people’s skin and saying that nobody is good at life. We all suck at it, and that’s okay,” he says. Humour became Holma’s weapon of choice growing up as a closeted gay boy in a small rural town in Finland. “My life isn’t necessarily a lovely story about finding my voice. Growing up, I was an obnoxious selfexpression monster. Making noise was a way of protecting myself.” As a gay man – and thus a ­former walking punchline for the cisgender white men that long ruled the mainstream comedy space – Holma is excited to have witnessed the recent surge of ­talented LGBTQ artists making headlines. “The variety of platforms is amazing; from drag performances to anonymous online avatars. I like to think of comedy as an art where you have to express a point of view unambiguously. And although I’m not a political performer, when a gay man makes comedy, it’s a political act,” he says.

ANT T I HOLMA

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“I can make dashing lotus flowers out of napkins.” W HAT MAKES ME AN GRY

“Life is sometimes funny and sometimes grim. I want to embrace that.”

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“Uninformed people posing as connoisseurs.” HOW I RELAX

“I knit socks and listen to podcasts. Nymphowars is my favourite.” MY LIF E LESSON

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“Earplugs, deadlifts, Jesus.” MY COMEDY I NSPIRAT ION

“LA-based Drew Droege never ceases to amaze me.”

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“For me humour is a way of getting under people’s skin and saying that nobody is good at life.”

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“Presenting the image of a well-adjusted, happy trans person is revolutionary in its own way.”

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Boys don’t cry

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MY SEC RE T TAL E NT

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“Hypocrisy.”

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“By exercising when I can. When I can’t, it’s The Sims.” MY L IFE L E SS O N

“People do things for two reasons: fear or love. You have a choice.” TH RE E TH INGS I CA N’ T L IV E W ITH O UT

“Bikes, avocadoes, cuddles… ha! Cover me in glitter now.” M Y CO M E DY IN S P IRATIO N

“Jess Thom, who makes comedy out of her Tourette Syndrome in an empathic way.”

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he phone rings. The caller who is unaware that James MacDonald is now officially a man asks to speak with the comedian’s former female self. “She’s not here,” he replies. “Are you her husband?” inquires the caller. “Maybe… psychically,” retorts MacDonald. The caller, growing anxious, queries: “But what have you done with your wife!?” Absurd real-life exchanges provide raw material for Gender Euphoria, the first stand-up act to bring transgender narrative to the Finnish comedy space. As a queer, transgender migrant (“from C ­ anada, no less”), M ­ acDonald uses details of his p ­ ersonal life to fuel his unique brand of alt humour, mixing rollicking tales of gender transition with meditations on the zeitgeist and riffs of silly punning. “I’d been doing comedy as a crossdressing woman for a couple of years before I began medically transitioning in 2015. I could have disappeared for a couple of years and returned with a new name, but some of the funniest things happening to me were related to my transition, so it was only natural to put them in my comedy,” he reflects.

MacDonald debunks the clichéd ­ erception of trans people as tragic p ­sufferers. “I was tired of seeing the narrative that we’re just one step down from ­suicidal. I’m quite a jolly person! Presenting the image of a well-adjusted, happy trans person is revolutionary in its own way,” he muses. “Actually I’d like to stop talking about being trans when I’m on stage, but whenever some kid comes up to me after a show and comes out to me – as the first person they’re ever coming out to – I realise that I can’t stop being here for the one person in 200 who can’t believe they’re being seen,” he adds. MacDonald admits that while there’s still work to be done to dispel latent transphobia, audiences have instantly warmed to his material. “People like listening to me. I present myself as an underdog but not a pushover. There’s something about being flawed that ­people can relate to,” ponders the self-confessed Shakespeare nerd. As it happens, MacDonald started out in theatre, but was “never quite right” for the rigid gender categories of conventional drama roles. “The beautiful thing about comedy is that you can be whoever you are… whoever that happens to be,” he says.

“The beautiful thing about comedy is that you can be whoever you are.”

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Firebrand Ali

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li Jahangiri is tired of carrying the title of ­“official voice of ­diversity” in Finnish comedy. The Tehran-born stand-up star began his life in ­Finland in a refugee camp, where he rapidly mastered Finnish, showing a whipsmart genius for scathing repartee in his adopted tongue. He may not be the only ­alternative voice out there anymore, but he’s ­certainly been around the longest. Jahangiri began performing 15 years ago, when there was only one monthly stand-up club in Helsinki and certainly no other “brown dudes” up on stage. “I started doing comedy because I failed at everything else. I wasn’t a very good businessman and I’m very dyslexic. When I write it’s horrible,” he says in typical self-deprecating form. (He’s an economics graduate with a successful corporate career under his belt.) Jahangiri’s show is a cavalcade of verbal fireworks, targeting everything from racism to modern urban life, without shying away from poking fun at his own silliness. He’s an endearing agitator with a bubbly stage persona tempered by occasional blistering rants and ­ear-splitting expletives.

“To be honest I’ve encountered way less xenophobia than many of my friends, but if I have a medium like stand-up, I’m going to use to it to speak for the Somali girls and brown boys that don’t have the same platform,” he asserts. On stage he speaks from the vantage point of an Iranian Finn, but insists that he’s not trying to be political. “I just talk about my life. If my best friend happens to be transgender, gay, or Muslim, I talk about it. People always want to analyse how I’m trying to make a social impact, but I really just want to be funny,” he maintains. In the same breath he concedes that getting on stage is a political gesture. “Just me standing on stage with this beard is political, because my beard is not a hipster beard. Without it, I look like just another brown guy, but with the beard, I look like a brown guy on TV that represents an extreme ideology. And if people see that negative stereotype, it makes me work harder,” he says. Challenging comedy stereotypes is Jahangiri’s steadfast mission. “We comedians like to think of ourselves as the last warriors of freedom of speech, but comedy shouldn’t be a space for making marginalised people feel even more marginalised. The world around us has changed, and so must comedy.” 

“I started doing comedy because I failed at everything else.“

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AL I JAHAN GIRI

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“I’m good at deadlift.” W HAT MAKES ME AN GRY

“Ignorance, especially my own.” HOW I RELAX

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“How to show emotion in a healthy way. If you’re a shouter, your kids become shouters, too.” THREE T HIN GS I CAN ’T LIVE WIT HOUT

“My three kids… is that too cliché?” MY COMEDY I NSPIRAT ION

“Hannah Gadbsy. I talk about post-Gadsby comedy. Nanette was ground-breaking.”


“Just me standing on stage with this beard is political.”

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“I’m interested in how social media shapes our self-image and the ideals we embrace. At the moment I’m trying to deconstruct idealised, sexualised, and romanticised notions of womanhood.”

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I N S PI R ES YOU VI SUAL LY. “I love the colours and the light of the Mediterranean. The Finnish winters are too long and dark. I like to get away during the greyest season of the year.”

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FOREST UPCYCLING have been used for making toys and combs in bygone times, but Saija Lehtonen recently discovered that this lightweight material is perfect for crafting contemporary jewellery. “Elk hooves are naturally black in colour and very durable. The material is sourced directly from the wilderness, where it would otherwise decompose, so it’s a sustainable choice,” says the designer.

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Hi gh s takes How is aviation responding to customer demands for more environmentally friendly and sustainable aviation? TEXT TIM BIRD ILLUSTRATION JOLANDA JOKINEN

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o celebrate its 85th anniversary in 2008, Finnair published a vision of future flying. Taking a look ahead another 85 years to 2093, this vision forecast that aviation would become even safer as a result of increased automation. Industry targets to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions by 50 per cent compared to the 2005 level would be achieved by means of more efficient, varied and environmentally sustainable aircraft. Space travel would become a more affordable reality for tourists, while specialised aircraft, skimming the oceans at low altitude, for example, from one highly-populated seaboard to another, would become commonplace. The most flexible airlines would survive in an increasingly competitive industry. This gaze into the future lets imaginations run free in speculating as to what aircraft would look like in the next millennium. Some of the imagined aircraft resembled giant flying saucers, some had transparent fuselages, while others were perceived as car-sized propeller-less helicopters. But it is striking how many of the less fanciful

predictions remain valid, especially with respect to the continuous development of aviation’s environmental sustainability. As predicted, airlines are reacting to the need to cut emissions and respond to climate change, working with aircraft manufacturers to introduce a range of sustainable technologies. “Airbus has already completed all the technical work and testing to certify all Airbus aircraft, including all in-service aircraft, to operate efficiently using certified alternative and synthetic fuels,” says Glenn Llewellyn, general manager, Electrification, at Airbus’s Corporate Technology Office in Toulouse. “These fuels already allow significant carbon dioxide reduction and are used by many airlines around the world. On top of these sustainable aviation fuels, Airbus is also looking at more disruptive ways to reduce emissions.”

Meeting emissions targets will help to put the brakes on climate change.

ELECTRICITY POWERS AHEAD According to Llewellyn, electrification is a significant axis for research. It is also the focus of the newly launched Nordic Network for Electric Aviation (NEA), bringing together 11 members, including Finnair, Icelandair, and SAS, for workshops and events to build knowledge and

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As the nights are getting colder, we Finns need something warm and sweet. Luckily, the Tamperebased roasting factories create amazing coffee. Catch the local taste in coffee shops like Tampereen Paahtimo, Mokkamestarit, or Pirkanmaan Paahtimo. Dammenberg Chocolate Shop is situated in Lempäälä, 17 km from Tampere. They produce more than 800 different articles of chocolate.

After a sauna bath and winter swim you’ll almost feel born-again. Enjoy the dim light, hot steam – and then dip yourself into cold water. Paradoxically coldness warms you up. There are over 30 public saunas in the Tampere Region for anyone to enjoy this relaxing combination of hot and cold. Be careful though – you might end up totally hooked to the hormone boost and the afterglow of winter swimming.

From October until March, the streets of the Tampere city centre are illuminated with hundreds of lights. The best – and most romantic – place to admire the illuminated city is the landmark of the city, Näsinneula Observation Tower. Rising to 168 meters, from the tower you get to enjoy the view over the two surrounding lakes, most of the city and some of the neighbouring towns, too.

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cooperation in the field. “In this project we are concretely creating the future of electric aviation, together, and taking an important step towards carbon-neutral flying,” says NEA project manager Maria Fiskerud. To achieve industry targets of reducing carbon dioxide, Airbus aims for the launch of hybrid or electric aircraft by the end of the 2030s. The company has already flown demonstration flights with small aircraft and flew the E-Fan 1.0 electric plane over the English Channel in July 2015. The E-Fan X demonstrator scheduled to fly in 2021 will be the most ambitious hybrid-electric project targeting commercial aviation to date, in preparation for the technology to enter service in the 2030s. “Reducing the weight of electrical energy storage devices is key to achieving our ambitions,” says Llewellyn. “We are opening battery labs and test centres to improve our knowledge on the topic. These are the Airbus China Innovation Centre in Shenzhen, at our Toulouse factory, and an E-Systems Test House in Munich to be opened by the end of 2019. Our ability to take these technologies and systems and integrate them into aircraft safely is also a key focus area,” he adds. Meanwhile in Finland, Finnair’s Push for Change initiative, launched in January 2019, offers customers a chance to support the use of biofuels as part of a broader environmental effort. The first two Push for Change flights from San Francisco to Helsinki in August 2019, operated with a 12 per cent biofuel mix, enabled a reduction in emissions of 16 tonnes per flight. The company also offsets carbon dioxide emissions from business travel flights made by its own personnel. Also significant is a fleet renewal programme with Airbus A350 XWB planes that are more fuel efficient than their predecessors.

Airbus’s main global competitor, Boeing, is similarly committed to accelerating new technologies, having produced a series of ecoDemonstrators since 2012. The latest was launched in 2018 and is being used to test more than 30 technologies aboard a Fed-Ex 777 freighter aircraft. Those technologies range from flight deck innovations that enhance safety to 100 per cent biofuel test flights.

QUIETER FLIGHTS Noise reduction is another area of development for Boeing and Airbus. Finnair passengers on Airbus A350 aircraft will already appreciate the quieter flight experience. “The A350 XWB is the quietest aircraft of its category. Airbus will go further and is committed to reduce perceived noise of flying aircraft by 65 per cent,” says Llewellyn. “We’re also working with partners across the industry including engine manufacturers, airlines, traffic management, and airports to be part of the solution.” In addition to quieter aircraft, targets will be met by means of optimised operational techniques and preferential routings. Modern aircraft design already takes engine noise reduction into account. Quieter flights have an obviously beneficial effect on the customer’s experience. Other developments in aviation technology will enhance the general safety of what is already the safest means of transport by any statistical measure. Meeting emissions targets will benefit the global community by helping to put the brakes on climate change. But is change happening quickly enough? “Airbus’s aim is to continuously make flying better for airlines and passengers and the industry has demonstrated amazing progress over the last decades,” says Llewellyn. “We are now looking at technology that could provide a step change in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.” 

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Globetrotter On the road with travelling creatives

The Yangtze River wetlands are protected for migratory cranes. Old, traditional architecture abounds in Nanjing.

The Youth Olympics in 2014 modernised the Nanjing skyline.

The Nanjing effect Frank Hossack shares the tales of his majestic hometown. WH Y D ID YO U STA R T TO R ECO R D

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Chinese New Year leaves Nanjing with five million fewer residents; the resulting “ghost city” is both chilling and magical.

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I love sounds that invoke history. The rattling on the Yangtze River Bridge as traffic flows over the bridge is a great example; mere thuds in the summer, a cacophony in the winter.

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A B O U T L I FE I N CHI NA? The way that it forces you to look differently at everything you have ever believed. S H A R E A CI TY SECR E T? The crowds flock to Purple Mountain but I much prefer Laoshan National Park. 

FRANK HOSSACK is editor of The Nanjinger. He has lived in China since 1993 and calls his move there the best decision of his life.

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ähkötekniikan diplomi-insinööri Tuomo Suntola kiinnostui 1970luvun alussa ohutkalvotekniikasta siinä määrin, että väitteli aiheesta tekniikan tohtoriksi. Vuonna 1974 hän esitteli atomikerroskasvatuksen periaatteet ja kehitti menetelmän periaatteiden soveltamiseen käytännössä. Nykyistä yhteiskuntaa on vaikea kuvitella ilman tätä keksintöä, joka auttaa valmistamaan arkeamme hallitsevat älylaitteet tehokkaasti ja luotettavasti. Suntola palkittiinkin saavutuksistaan Millennium-teknologiapalkinnolla vuonna 2018. ALD-menetelmän yleistymisen imussa Suomeen on kehittynyt aiheeseen liittyvää yritystoimintaa, muun muassa ALD-pinnoituskoneiden valmistusta. Hyvä esimerkki tästä on Kirkkonummen Masalassa toimiva Picosun Oy, jonka hallituksessa ALD-menetelmän keksinyt tohtori Tuomo Suntola on mukana. Toinen merkittävä taustahahmo ALD-teknologian läpimurrossa oli Sven Lindfors, joka tiedemiehenä ja keksijänä meritoituneen Suntolan työparina kunnostautui maailman ensimmäisten ALD-reaktoreiden suunnittelijana ja kokoajana.

Laboratoriosta tuotannolliseksi toiminnaksi Aluksi ALD tunnettiin nimenomaan tutkijapiireissä, joissa arvostettiin suomalaisten innovaattoreiden keksintöä, jonka avulla pystyttiin valmistamaan jopa miljoonasosamillimetrin paksuisia puolijohdekalvoja. Kun puolijohdeteollisuus sitten heräsi älylaitteiden valmistuksessa ilmenneeseen, entistä pienempien komponenttien tarpeeseen, suomalaiskeksinnöstä alkoi jalostua liiketoimintaa. Picosun on matkalla alansa johtavaksi toimijaksi. Yhtiön kasvuprosentti on ollut vuosien ajan keskimäärin 30 prosenttia. – Jo nyt asiakkainamme on merkittäviä puolijohdeteollisuuden maailmanluokan toimijoita. Erittäin lupaavia ovat myös lääketieteelliset sovellukset, toteaa lokakuun alusta lähtien Picosunia luotsannut toimitusjohtaja Jussi Rautee. Sekä Rautee että teknologiajohtaja Jani Kivioja luonnehtivat Picosunin toimintatapaa sanalla ’ketterä’, joka tässä yhteydessä merkitsee kykyä räätälöidä tuotannolliset ratkaisut ja niihin liittyvät palvelut nopeasti asiakkaan tarpeiden mukaisiksi. Tässä selkeä keskittyminen ALD-teknologiaan sekä joustavuus erottavat Picosunin suuremmis-

Suomalainen atomikerroskasvatus valloittaa maailmaa Atomikerroskasvatus eli ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) on yksi merkittävimmistä suomalaisista teknologiakeksinnöistä. Älykellot, tietokoneet ja matkapuhelimet tarvitsevat entistä pienempiä puolijohteita. Niiden valmistuksessa Suomessa jo 1970-luvulla kehitetty ALD-pinnoitusteknologia on vertaansa vailla. Samaa teknologiaa käytetään, kun halutaan kestäviä ja ohuita suojapinnoitteita tuotteisiin. Kirkkonummelainen Picosun Oy valmistaa ja toimittaa huippuluokan tuotantolaitteet ja -ratkaisut ALD:n laajamittaiseen teolliseen hyödyntämiseen. TEKSTI VESA TOMPURI, TERO ILLI


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Picosunin automaatioryhmän päällikkö Matti Välikylä ja aluemyyntipäällikkö Ville Hopponen Beckhoff Automationilta arvostavat yritysten välistä avointa tuotekehitysyhteistyötä, jolla suomalainen ALD-teknologia pidetään jatkossakin kilpailukykyisenä.

ta kilpailijoistaan. Usein Picosun huolehtii myös asiakkaalle toimitettujen koneiden huollosta sekä tuotantoprosessin ylläpidosta ja kehittämisestä.

Automaatiolla iso rooli – Kehittyneen automaation ansiosta atomikerrosreseptiikasta saadaan tarkempaa ja pinnoitteesta tulee tasalaatuisempi, toteaa Picosunin automaatioryhmän päällikkö Matti Välikylä. Atomikerrosten lukumäärä pinnotteissa voi vaihdella käyttökohteen mukaan muutamasta kymmenestä tuhansiin. Kemiallisten prosessien ja reseptiikan hallinta on oleellisessa merkityksessä, kun tehdään asiakasräätälöityjä pinnoitusratkaisuja. Tässä Picosunilla on poikkeuksellista osaamista. Jotta reseptiikassa päästään riittävään tarkkuuteen, tulee atomikerroksen muodostavien kaasujen annostelua ohjaavien prosessiventtiilien toimintaa pystyä kontrolloimaan millisekuntien tarkkuudella. Jopa tuhansia syklejä kestävä prosessi ei myöskään saa keskeytyä tai häiriintyä missään vaiheessa, sillä se johtaisi merkittäviin tuotannollisiin tappioihin.

Automaation uudistaminen turvaa tulevaisuutta Kuusi vuotta sitten Picosun lähti kehittämään täysin uutta automaatiojärjestelmää toimittamiensa koneiden ohjaukseen Beckhoff Automation Oy:n kanssa. Yhteistyön aikana atomikerroskasvatuskoneiden maailmanmarkkinat ovat kasvaneet huimasti

Picosun Oy ALD-laitteiden valmistusta vuodesta 2004. Yli 100 työntekijää. Suomalainen omistus. Liikevaihto (tilikausi 2018) 26 M€. Yli 95% tuotannosta vientiin. KUVASSA: PICOSUN® Morpher – täysautomaattinen ALD-pinnoituslaitteisto esim. tehoelektroniikan, 5G-komponenttien, anturien ja ledien valmistukseen.

ja kilpailu markkinoilla kiristynyt. Tästä syystä oli tärkeää aloittaa automaation uudistaminen hyvissä ajoin, jotta laitteiden ominaisuuksia voidaan kehittää vastaamaan tulevaisuuden tarpeita. Samassa yhteydessä syntyi mahdollisuus virtaviivaistaa sekä selkeyttää automaatioarkkitehtuuria ja tehdä prosessista läpinäkyvämpi. – Olemme siirtyneet automaatioarkkitehtuurin osalta toiminnallisesti hajautet-

”Kehittyneen automaation ansiosta atomikerrosreseptiikasta saadaan tarkempaa ja pinnoitteesta tulee tasalaatuisempi.” Matti Välikylä Automaatioryhmän päällikkö, Picosun Oy

Automaation lisääntyessä operaattorin käyttöliittymän merkitys kasvaa entisestään. Toiminnallisuuksien ja valintojen määrän kasvaessa on vaikeaa pitää käytettävyys samalla hyvällä tasolla. Automaatiojärjestelmän uudistuksen yhteydessä Picosunin koneiden operaattorikäyttöliittymät uusitiin täysin. Uudet käyttöliittymät noudattavat Picosunin uutta visuaalista ilmettä ja ovat informatiivisia ja helppokäyttöisiä. Tämä lisää loppukäyttäjien tyytyväisyyttä entisestään ja parantaa myös työn laatua tuontannossa.

Voimakasta panostusta kasvuun Hiljattain Picosunin kasvu sai lisää vetoapua, kun pääomasijoitusyhtiö CapMan Growth päätti investoida 12 miljoonaa euroa yhtiön kehittämiseen. Näkymät ovat hyvät, sillä esimerkiksi merkittävät IT-alan toimijat ovat käyttäneet Picosunin koneita supertietokoneissa tarvittavien puolijohteiden valmistukseen. ALD-markkinoiden ennustetaan kasvavan 2020-luvun puoliväliin mennessä noin kahdeksaan miljardiin euroon. Hyvän etumatkan saaneilla suomalaisilla ALDteknologiayrityksillä on tässä erinomainen kasvumahdollisuus. Picosun onkin perustanut toimipisteitä eri puolille maailmaa, muun muassa Japaniin, Kiinaan, Yhdysvaltoihin, Saksaan ja Ranskaan.


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Loma jättää jäljen sydämeen, mutta myös ympäristöön. Siksi tarjoamme huolella paketoituja lomamatkoja, joissa sekä luonnosta, ihmisistä että paikallisesta kulttuurista pidetään mahdollisimman hyvää huolta. Negatiivista jälkeä pyrimme pienentämään lentämällä lomakohteisiin Finnairin suorin lennoin, modernilla lentokalustolla ja polttoainetehokkaasti. Viemme lomailijat elämysten äärelle yhteiskuljetuksin ja valikoimastamme löytyy yhä enemmän ympäristösertifioituja hotelleja. Emme ole valmiita, mutta olemme sitoutuneet yhteiselle matkalle kestävämmän tulevaisuuden puolesta. Lue lisää aurinkomatkat.fi/vastuullisuus


World of Finnair Highlights of the month

Miami TROPICAL SECRET

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Nothing feels better during this time of year than saying goodbye to the winter blues and letting the sunshine caress your skin and soul. The world-famous resort city along the Biscayne Bay rewards one with not only sun, sand, and relaxation, but a real taste of a glamourous lifestyle. Finnair flies to Miami (MIA) three times a week during the winter season.

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FIND BALANCE The most reliable ski season in the world and snow like icing sugar. After a long day on the mountain, sip on hot ramen soup and sit back in a steamy hot spring. Finnair flies the short northern route from Europe to 19 destinations in Asia. Our new route to Sapporo opens on 15 December.

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World of Finnair Highlights of the month

We mean business a Business Class upgrade is now easier than ever. You can find all Business Class upgrade options from one online service on finnair.com or on the Finnair app. The service enables you to check for upgrade availability and purchase your upgrade with money, use Finnair Plus points, or upgrade benefits. Business Class

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upgrades can be purchased up to 59 days before your flight and the online service is open until 37 hours before departure. For Finnair Plus members, the service opens 360 days prior to departure! finnair.com/fi-en/business-classupgrade-renewal

Network news with Fiji Airways and LATAM Airlines Group to introduce two new codeshare partnerships, expanding Finnair’s network to Fiji in the South Pacific and to São Paulo, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile, in South America. All three codeshare destinations are available for booking. Go to finnair.com for more information.

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Did you know that Finnair is one of the world’s oldest airlines? We are celebrating our 100th birthday in 2023.

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In the land of a thousand lakes, this is one way to enjoy the last rays of the setting sun. Photo by @dansmoe.

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We have been flying modern A350s for four years now. In addition to comfortable travel, the aircraft consumes 25% less fuel than its predecessors.

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FI NNAI R CHAT Finnair Live chat is available on every day of the week.

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Avoid excess baggage fees by paying in advance for extra allowance at special pre-paid prices directly from finnair.com.

Liquids rule Liquids are allowed through security in containers (max 100ml) packed in a transparent resealable 1-litre plastic bag.


World of Finnair Frequent flyer program

Finnair Plus membership THE FINNAIR PLUS program allows

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you to earn both tier points and award points when travelling with Finnair or a oneworld airline and award points from services provided by Finnair Plus partners.

A WORLD OF BENEFITS for free by filling in the form online at finnair.com/plus. As a Plus member, you get access to valuable benefits and rewards. Earn points for flights and services and use them both at home and abroad. You can use your Finnair Plus award points for additional Finnair services such as seat selection, J O IN FINNAIR PLU S

WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH?

FROM OUR PARTNERS

Earn points when exchanging money

meals, and extra baggage payments. The number of points you pay depends on your flight and the chosen service. You can pay for travel extras at the time you book your reservation or later through the Manage Booking tab. Go to finnairshop.com to find Finnair gift cards, partner services, and award vouchers.

Earn up to 5,000 Finnair Plus points when exchanging money at Change Group branches in Finland. You can also exchange your travel currency conveniently right before your flight at Helsinki Airport.finnairshop.com

Manage your Business Class upgrades via the Finnair app. You can purchase upgrades with a debit/credit card, Finnair Plus points, or upgrade benefits. When paying with points or using upgrade benefits, you can check availability of upgrades and get waitlisted. Finnair will confirm upgrade status at least 37 hours before your flight. finnair.com/en/ manage/upgrade

Unicef donations What if you had never learned to read and write? You can donate your Finnair Plus points to UNICEF. Your donation will go to supporting the education of the most disadvantaged children in Asia. finnairshop.com

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World of Finnair finnairshop.com

4 easy ways to shop Find the best deals on ­tax-free ­products and enjoy special Finnair Plus offers at finnairshop.com

Onboard Shop online via your own mobile device during the flight using the complimentary Nordic Sky portal.

Pre-order Pre-order online before your Finnair flight: finnairshop.com.

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Home delivery Use Finnair Plus points to shop for products delivered directly to your home.

Vouchers Use Finnair Plus points to redeem a voucher for restaurants, hotel stays, car rentals, and much more.

Looking for some holiday shopping inspiration? Check out the new duty-free selection and pick out your favourite cosmetics, accessories, and gift items. The complete selection is available at finnairshop.com starting November 13.


World of Finnair finnairshop.com

November picks

MONTHLY VOUCHER OFFER

Find the perfect gift or exclusive souvenir from finnairshop.com

Glare-free colour! B U C KL E R S UNG L ASSES

Protect your eyes while looking stylish with these cool shades.

SCAND I C HOTE L S Redeem a voucher at Scandic Hotels with your Finnair Plus points or a combination of money and points.

Pre-order, available Nov 13 € 76

€ 66 + 3 ,000 P

B I OE FFECT ON-THE - G O KI T

has everything you need to give your skin a treat. Pre-order, available Nov 13

FINNAIR PLUS OFFERS

€ 52

MAR I MEKKO CHOPST IC KS SE T includes two

pairs of sleek chopsticks made of rubber wood.

The adventures of Moominpappa!

J OYAC TO R S PEA K ER

is small and stylish yet packs a punch with powerful sound and a battery lasting 20 hours.

€ 19. 90

Home delivery

Pre-order, available Nov 13 €119

M A K I A KY L PY TOT EBAG

An ecological totebag featuring original artwork by Tove Jansson. Pre-order €15

Home delivery MAKI A TE L LUS CA P

Classic pompom beanie, made from 100% Italian Merino wool. € 35

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World of Finnair Flying stories

Flying stories

Q&A

IT’S THE CUSTOMERS who make Finnair and that’s why we’ve dedicated this page to your travel stories.

SHAR E YOUR Finnair

moments on Instagram! Use #feelfinnair, if you want to be featured.

Meet the frequent flyer.

JASMI N RAUHA

Finnair Plus member from Finland rrracheldwyer Finland. #visitingfinland

#helsinki

abelendabea Last hours of summer... #barcelona #mediterraniament #summer #sunset

FI NNAI R PLUS TI ER

Basic I F YOU COUL D TRAVEL ANYW HE R E , W HERE WOUL D I T B E ?

When I was a kid, I wrote in my friend’s notebook that I wish to travel to the Azores, Scotland, and Paris. The Azores I have yet to explore. ADVE NTUR E , CULTURE, W E L L NE SS, OR SUN ?

Culture! Travelling is enjoyable when experiencing charming old towns or inspiring works of art. hina_explores Rose garden maze at Egeskov Castle, Denmark.

anna.bistrom Yesterday in the Old Town of Chania.

W HE R E I S YOUR AL L-TI ME FAVOURIT E VI E W ?

TAKING PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ONBOARD your travel experience? The use of small cameras or mobile devices for photography and video to capture your own travel moments is welcome onboard Finnair flights. Please respect the privacy of others onboard, and always ask the WANT TO S H A R E

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crew and your fellow passengers for their consent before including them in your memories. Please follow cabin crew instructions: Crew members can prohibit photography or video if it disturbs other customers or the crew’s work, or causes a safety concern.

Watching the stars in the Sahara left me speechless. W HAT’S YOUR TRAVE L PHI LOSOPH Y ?

Plane + Train. Flying to central locations and then continuing by train to find those off-the-beaten-path gems.


World of Finnair Nordic kitchen

3 ways to a tasty meal Fancy a snack onboard? Finnair offers a wide selection of seasonal and healthy options that are inspired by untouched Nordic nature and its pure flavours.

Pre-order You can choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, breakfast, or dinner by pre-ordering.

Onboard The onboard menu includes a selection of tasty snacks, sweets, and beverages to mix and match.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

A Finnish comfort food classic!

Complimentary Complimentary coffee, tea, water, and Finnair’s signature blueberry juice are served on Finnair flights. Complimentary meals are served on all intercontinental flights.

Business Class Passengers departing the US can enjoy Chicago-based chef David Posey’s delicious menu, which brings a modern take to traditional Nordic cuisine.

Pick of the month Enjoy our new pre-order meal selections on European flights. Choose a premium Seat and Meal package or a hot pre-order meal – there are plenty of new options!

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World of Finnair Wellness & comfort

Onboard wellness

3X TIPS FOR CABIN COMFORT

STAY HYDRATED

It is recommended to drink 1–2 decilitres of water every hour. If possible, minimise the amount of tea, coffee, and alcohol you drink.

HEALTHIER AIRCRAFT

The Finnair A350 combines the latest technology with advanced passenger comfort features to help you rediscover the thrill of flying. An advanced HEPA filtering system changes the cabin air every two to three minutes ensuring comfort and health for all passengers. Large windows let natural light flow into the cabin and LED technology emits lighting and colours that are customised to fit the time of day, destination, or season. The noise level is 16 decibels below the standard requirement, so resting and relaxing while onboard is easy.

GET SOME SLEEP

The best way to tune out is to wear an eye mask and ear plugs. Keep warm, too – have a jacket or blanket handy in case you need it.

2X COMFORTABLE UPGRADES NORDIC BUSINESS CLASS Finnair’s Business Class seats let you fully recline on your intercontinental flight. The seats transform into a 200 cm (6’6”) horizontal bed, so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

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ECONOMY COMFORT Finnair’s Economy Comfort seating in the front of the Economy Class cabin makes intercontinental travel even more pleasurable with 8–13 cm (3–5 inches) more legroom.

GENERAL WELLBEING

Try to bring something to snack on. Fruit and veggies are always a great healthy option. And remember to wear comfortable clothing.


World of Finnair Flight mode

Stay connected THE NORDIC SKY portal is available on all inter-

continental flights and most European flights, and gives you access to news, destination information, and Finnair services. You can use the portal to connect your own devices to the internet.

HOW TO GET STARTED

1 Join the Wi-Fi ­network Nordic Sky

3 Start exploring at nordic-sky. finnair.com

 urn your T device to flight mode and ­enable Wi-Fi

WI-FI PRICES

1H

3H

12 H

2 Open the browser of your choice

4

LOOKING FOR A READ? Choose RE AD IN G to access all magazines available on the Nordic Sky portal.

7.95€

YOUR TRAVEL COMPANION

0-2 H

11.95€

19.95€

Long haul

2+ H

BROWSE 4.95€ STREAM 9.95€ BROWSE 6.95€ STREAM 12.95€

Short haul

Get boarding passes, book flights and travel extras, view your Finnair Plus balance, and much more with the Finnair app. The app supports your Finnair journey all the way from home to your destination and back!

WHAT’S PLAYING ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD

I AM MOTHE R

THE L I ON KI NG ( 2 019)

MI CKE Y AND TH E R OADSTE R RAC ERS

A faded TV actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Beloved characters are brought to life in a photorealistic live action remake of Disney’s 1994 classic.

W HE R E ’D YOU G O, B E R NAD E TTE

A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions.

A teenage girl is the first of a new generation to be raised by a robot.

The Sensational Six race roadsters around the world!

MOOMI NVAL L E Y

Moomintroll with his family and whimsical friends take us into the magical Moominvalley.

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World of Finnair Staff tips

Gorgeous views in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Soaking up some sun on the Adriatic Sea

Floating around in Attiki, Greece

Sailing away Pinja Harjunpää navigates us through her favourite maritime destinations.

KO RC U L A IS L A N D , Croatia can be reached both from Split and Dubrovnik by ferry or sailboat. Keep an eye out for the dolphins! Rumour has it that Marco Polo

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was born on the island and the gorgeous medieval architecture makes the island a must for history buffs. DU R I N G EASTE R TI ME Riva del Garda, Italy is teeming with sailboats. If sailing does not but float your boat, no worries – there is a lot to do here. The mountains offer spectacular views and great terrain for skiing, mountain biking or hiking. As a bonus make sure to visit Santa Barbara Chapel, it is a secluded hidden gem!

PI NJA HARJUNPÄÄ

is a Helsinki-based Finnair cabin crew member who also doubles as a sailing coach. pinjaelvina

PHOTOS PINJA HARJUNPÄÄ

ATH E NS , GRE EC E is a great place to start island hopping! Greece is where I learned to sail and Hydra Island will always hold a special place in my heart. Its peaceful way of living is a wonderful contrast to the busy harbour life. Cars are not allowed on the island by law so prepare yourself for some walking.


World of Finnair Holiday sampler

Experience more with Finnair

TOP 3 REASONS Did you know Aurinkomatkat is Finland’s most sustainable travel agency? Learn more: aurinkomatkat.fi (Available in Finnish).

SMAL L FOOTPR I NT. We take measures to reduce our impact on the environment by flying direct Finnair flights and including more enviroment-friendly hotels among our accomodation selection.

EXPLORE FINNAIR HOLIDAYS TAILOR YOUR TRIP to look like you! Explore the Finnair

Holidays selection and book flights, hotel, and airport transportation conveniently from one place. Finnair Holidays is available in Finland, Sweden, and Estonia. Start your journey at finnair.com/holidays.

Over 80 destinations

Entire trip from one place

Triple Finnair Plus points

Finnair Holidays opens the door to the most intriguing places in the world. The story of a lifetime awaits!

Find flights, hotel, experiences, and airport transportation all in one place.

Every euro you use for your Finnair Holidays trip will gain you three Finnair Plus tier and award points.

We support local entrepreneurs and communities at our destinations around the world. Some of our partnerships have already spanned over several decades.

B I G HE AR T.

We actively engage in dialogue with hotels and organisations in order to come up and try new ways of providing customers with a more sustainable travel experience.

OPE N MI ND.

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World of Finnair Sustainability

PUSH FOR CHANGE Changes begin with small actions. Join us on a journey towards a more sustainable future.

OFFSET EMISSIONS

CO N T I N U I N G its long-established cooperation with the Finnish Red Cross, Finnair is offering its customers the option of supporting the organisation by donating Finnair Plus points. The Finnish Red Cross provides assistance in the wake of catastrophes or accidents, as well as offering emergency event training. Finnair cooperates with other organisations involved in important humanitarian and environmental work, such as UNICEF, UN Women, the Crisis Management Initiative, and the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation. “Partnerships with environmental and humanitarian expert organisations ensure we choose the most effective ways to contribute to the communities we serve,” says Anne Larilahti,

BUY BIOFUEL Alternatively, you can buy biofuel to reduce the CO2 emissions of a flight by 60–80% compared to fossil fuel. The biofuel we use has been produced from used cooking oil. Buy biofuel for €10, €20, or €65. All sustainability products are available at finnairshop.com/ en/sustainability-products

Finnair’s Vice President, Sustainability. “We work on several themes, such as projects supporting nature conservation, underprivileged groups and communities, children, education and health, and wellbeing.” Even modest Finnair Plus points donations can make a significant difference to the vital assistance provided by the Finnish Red Cross. For example, 1,500 points will buy a mosquito net, widely accepted to be an effective tool in the fight against malaria where the disease is prevalent, and 7,500 points could buy an entire kitchen set for a family of five. Log into finnairshop.com to make your Finnair Plus points donations.

95+ YEARS AND COUNTING 1 92 3

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Finnair, known as Aero, is founded

Finnair receives its first aircraft: Junkers F 13

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Finnair air hostesses take to the skies

Helsinki ­ irport opens A

Finnair reveals its new logo and name change

First Finnair trans-Atlantic flight to New York City

Blue Wings launches

The Finnair Plus program is introduced

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PHOTO BENJAMIN SUOMELA / SPR, FINNAIR

Finnair Plus points to the rescue

Offset the CO2 emissions of your flight by supporting an emissions reduction project. Donate €1 for flights within Finland, €2 for flights within Europe, or €6 for intercontinental flights. Donations will go in full to an emissions reduction project in Mozambique.


World of Finnair Fleet

AIRB U S A35 0- 9 0 0

Number 14 + 5 on order Seating capacity 297/336 Length 66.8 m Wingspan 64.75 m Cruising speed 903 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 13,000 m AIRB U S A330-3 0 0

Number 8 Seating capacity 289/263 Length 63.6 m Wingspan 60.3 m Cruising speed 870 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 12,600 m AIRB U S A32 1

Number 19 Seating capacity 209 Length 44.5 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m AIRB U S A32 0

Number 10 Seating capacity 174 Length 37.6 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m AIRB U S A31 9

Number 8 Seating capacity 144 Length 33.8 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m E M B RAE R 1 9 0

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

ATR 72

Operated by Norra Number 12 Seating capacity 68/70/72 Length 27 m Wingspan 27 m Cruising speed 463 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 7,620 m

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Finnair’s website launches

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Finnair joins oneworld alliance

Arrival of ­ irbus A320 A

Online check-in opens

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Launch of Marimekko for Finnair ­collection

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2018

Finnair celebrates its 90th anniversary

Arrival of ­ irbus A350 A

Finnair celebrates its 95th anniversary

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World of Finnair Airport info

Welcome to Helsinki Airport CHECK YOUR GATE and

departure time on the airport monitors. All Finnair and Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra) departures are located in the same terminal. If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, please contact the transfer service desks in T2.

HAPPY LANDINGS

Fly the short northern route FLY VIA HELSINKI and take the most direct route between Europe and Asia. Thanks to Helsinki’s location, Finnair’s northern route is a geographically convenient way between Europe and Asia. The northern route also offers competitive travel times to destinations in the US from many European cities. The Helsinki Airport is efficient, compact, and easy to navigate, making it ideal for transferring between Europe, Asia, and the US with short transfer times.

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PASSE NG E R S AR R I VI NG from outside the Schengen-area will find their way into the arrival hall with both automated border control gates and manned border control booths. EU citizens , as well as citizens of Japan, South Korea, Australia, US, Canada, and New Zealand can use the automated gates as they depart. Citizens from other non-Schengen countries will be directed to the manned booths. In addition, there are separate queues for passengers travelling in large groups. Passengers travelling directly to Helsinki from the non-Schengen area will follow their own route to the border control downstairs. Those passengers travelling with infants or baggage trolleys must use the manual control lane. Passengers with the capability to use wheelchairs independently may use the automated gates.


World of Finnair Airport info

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to the Helsinki Railway Station leaves from platform 10 at T2 every 20 minutes. Travel time is approx. 30 minutes. €6.90 THE RING RAIL LINE

connects Helsinki Airport to downtown Helsinki via train. There is direct access from the corridor between T1 and T2. TAXI RANK

BUS GATES 51 A–D

T2

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Agency-specific price information is available in front of the terminals on the information screens.

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WIRELESS INTERNET

FINNAIR LOUNGES

Security

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check NONSCHENGEN AREA

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31A–31E

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Children’s playrooms offer toys, videos, and baby care facilities. WATER DISPENSER

Passengers can refill their water bottles with drinking water free of charge.

Security check

CHECK-IN 240–270

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FINNAIR CHECK-IN + SERVICE 201–229

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T2

CHECK IN 101–114

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World of Finnair

Domestic and European destinations

From Helsinki

Tromsø Ivalo

Reykjavík

Ivalo 931 01:35 Joensuu 360 01:00 Jyväskylä 235 00:50 Kajaani 464 01:20 Kemi/Tornio 609 01:35 Kittilä 823 01:25 Kokkola/Pietarsaari 391 01:10 Kuopio 335 01:00 Kuusamo 667 01:15 Mariehamn 282 00:55 Oulu 514 01:05 Rovaniemi 697 01:20 Tampere 143 00:35 Turku 150 00:35 Vaasa 348 00:55

Kittilä Rovaniemi Kuusamo Kemi Oulu Kajaani Kokkola

Finnair Destinations New Finnair Destinations 2019/2020

Umeå Vaasa

Trondheim

Oslo

Gothenburg

Edinburgh Billund

Dublin

Manchester

Visby

Riga

Moscow

Copenhagen Vilnius Gdansk

Hamburg London

Kuopio Joensuu Jyväskylä Tampere

Turku St Petersburg Helsinki Mariehamn Stockholm Tallinn Tartu

Bergen

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Amsterdam

Berlin Hannover Düsseldorf Brussels Frankfurt

Paris

Minsk

Warsaw

Kraków

Prague

Stuttgart Zürich Bordeaux

Geneva Lyon

Porto

Nice Madrid

Munich Vienna Salzburg Budapest Innsbruck

Ljubljana Milan Venice Verona Pula Bologna Rimini Pisa

Varna

Split Dubrovnik

Barcelona

Lisbon

Rome Ibiza Alicante

Menorca Palma de Mallorca

Naples Corfu Skiathos Preveza

Málaga Catania Malta

Athens Zakynthos

Antalya Kos Dalaman Alanya Santorini Rhodes

Heraklion Chania

Paphos

Funchal Tel Aviv-Yafo

Arrecife Tenerife Norte Fuerteventura Tenerife Sur Las Palmas

From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Alanya/Gazipasa 2722 03:45 Alicante 3034 04:25 Amsterdam 1525 02:35 Antalya 2638 03:50 Arrecife 4518 05:55 Athens 2490 03:40 Barcelona 2632 03:55 Bergen 1112 03:30 Berlin 1123 02:00 Billund 1060 01:50 Bologna 1976 03:00 Bordeaux 2417 03:30 Brussels 1651 02:40 Budapest 1481 02:20 Catania 2636 03:45 Chania 2756 03:50 Copenhagen 895 01:40 Corfu 2329 03:25 Dalaman 2639 03:40 Dublin 2030 03:10 Dubrovnik 2027 03:00 Düsseldorf 1512 02:25 Edinburgh 1717 02:40

Eilat

From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Eilat 3457 04:45 Frankfurt 1543 02:35 Fuerteventura 4578 06:05 Funchal 4310 05:45 Gdansk 768 02:00 Geneva 1994 03:00 Gothenburg 785 01:25 Hamburg 1 172 02:00 Hannover 1278 2:15 Heraklion 2777 03:55 Ibiza 2897 04:00 Innsbruck 1701 02:35 Kos 2620 03:45 Kraków 1 186 02:00 Las Palmas 4700 06:10 Lisbon 3369 04:50 Ljubljana 1713 02:40 London 1863 03:10 Lyon 2081 03:10 Madrid 2950 04:25 Málaga 3357 04:35 Malta 2822 04:15 Manchester 1817 03:00

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From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Menorca 2688 04:05 Milan 1953 03:05 Minsk 734 01:15 Moscow 876 01:40 Munich 1577 02:30 Naples 2283 03:25 Nice 2202 03:25 Oslo 766 01:30 Palma de Mallorca 2777 04:00 Paphos 2898 04:00 Paris 1900 03:05 Pisa 2093 03:20 Porto 3117 04:20 Prague 1322 02:10 Preveza 2397 03:25 Pula 1865 02:55 Reykjavík 2429 03:50 Rhodes 2668 03:45 Riga 382 00:55 Rimini 1993 03:00 Rome 2235 03:25 St Petersburg 301 01:00 Salzburg 1592 02:30

From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Santorini 2660 03:40 Skiathos 2353 03:30 Split 1956 02:55 Stockholm 400 01:00 Stuttgart 1637 02:45 Tallinn 101 00:30 Tartu 245 00:50 Tel Aviv-Yafo 3230 04:25 Tenerife Norte 4691 06:10 Tenerife Sur 4745 06:10 Tromsø 1078 01:55 Trondheim 813 01:50 Umeå 459 01:20 Varna 1911 02:55 Venice 1847 02:55 Verona 1903 02:55 Vienna 1462 02:30 Vilnius 633 01:15 Visby 481 01:25 Warsaw 940 01:40 Zakynthos 2526 03:55 Zürich 1781 02:45


World of Finnair

Intercontinental destinations

Sapporo Beijing Seoul Busan

Xi’an Nanjing Shanghai

Fukuoka

Tokyo Nagoya Osaka

Delhi Dubai Guangzhou Hong Kong

From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Bangkok 7912 09:45 Beijing 6325 07:55 Busan 7847 08:55 Delhi 5229 06:50 Dubai 4537 05:55 Fukuoka 8060 09:30 Guangzhou 7693 09:30 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 8510 10:50 Hong Kong 7821 09:35 Krabi 8350 10:20 Nagoya 7780 09:40 Nanjing 7165 09:35 Osaka 7751 09:30 Phuket 8312 10:05 Sapporo 8013 09:35 Seoul 7050 08:40 Shanghai 7410 09:05 Singapore 9272 11:30 Tokyo 7849 09:45 Xi’an 6421 07:50

Bangkok Ho Chi Minh City Krabi Phuket

Singapore

Chicago New York

Winter season 2019–2020

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Finnair adds flights to popular winter destinations in Lapland, including new non-stop flights from London, Paris, and Zurich.

Miami

From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Chicago Havana Los Angeles Miami New York Puerto Plata Punta Cana San Francisco

7139 09:15 8703 11:15 9016 10:35 8342 11:10 6626 08:45 8410 11:15 8404 11:05 8724 10:45

Havana Puerto Plata Punta Cana

1 W E E KLY F LIGHT

London Gatwick – Kittilä Paris – Kittilä Zurich – Kittilä 2 W E E KLY F LIGHTS

London Gatwick – Ivalo

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FINLAND FACTS Nature

168,000 lakes*

75%

land covered by forests

*with an area of 500 m2 or more

Government

1917

Sovereign parliamentary republic

1995 Monthly avg. temperatures in Helsinki (2018):

area

338,455 km2*

Member of EU since January 1995

200 members

elected for four-year terms

*includes land area and fresh water

Parliament

7%

National bird whooper swan

land used for agriculture

5.5

million

Languages

Economy

elected every six years; current president is Sauli N ­ iinistö, who was re-elected to a second term in January 2018

Education

GDP

(2019*)

SV

€232

FI

billion

the annual change in volume 1.7% *preliminary

88% speak Finnish 5.2% speak Swedish 0.04% speak Sámi

Currency

€ EURO

Fun facts

72%

14

Universities *incl National Defence University

of students have ­studied beyond basic ­education

25

Universities of applied sciences

Consumption of coffee per capita

9.9kg*

12.3 l*

*per year

National food: rye bread

Ice cream consumed per capita *per year

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2,300,000* saunas *estimate

(June 2019)

*preliminary

614,000*

overnight stays by foreign travellers

SOURCE: STATISTICS FINLAND ILLUSTRATION: ANGELINA LUZHINA

Population

President


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