transport
Hyperloop Connecting Helsinki and Stockholm Turns 300-Mile Trip Into 28 Minute Ride

Where will the first Hyperloop be? So far there are plans to use the tubular transportation system to move passengers in Slovakia and freight at the Port of Los Angeles. But a proposed application for the Hyperloop announced today could solve a transportation conundrum that has been challenging planners for centuries: Connecting the neighbouring nations of Sweden and Finland. Read More >>

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Aww, Norway Wants to Gift a Mountain to Finland

This story takes place far inside the Arctic Circle but, no, it’s not about Santa Claus. What it is about is truly embracing the Christmas spirit — the part where you give something of yourself. Read More >>

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Finland Chooses Nokia 3310 as its National Emoji

Finland’s official tourism website has designed a series of national emoji (the first nation to do so, as ThisisFINLAND proclaims) with what we assume is pride. The emoji are supposed to “reveal the weirdnesses and the strengths of the country and its people”. Read More >>

photography
The Gorgeous White Hell Where They Test Your Winter Tyres

Spanning over more than 1,700 acres, the Ivalo Testing Center, or as they call it, “White Hell”, is the place where Finland’s snow tire maker, Nokian Tyres, tests their winter tires in extreme conditions, using over 20 different snowy or icy test tracks, including the world largest indoor ice rink. Read More >>

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This Company Uses Earth’s Magnetic Field to See Inside Buildings

By measuring the "magnetic fingerprint" of any building in the world, the Finnish company IndoorAtlas can conjure up a precise indoor map of any building. Read More >>

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Why Herders in Norway Spray Their Reindeer With Reflective Coating

Finland is a dangerous place for reindeer to be in winter. In a place where it's dark most of the day, these beasts blend in with their surroundings, making it hard for drivers to see them. Thus, Finnish herders are getting creative. Read More >>

design
1,250 LEDs Shimmer on the Surface of This Abandoned Oil Tank

The shift in season reminded me of this cool old project in cold Helsinki, where a team of designers turned an abandoned oil tank into a lovely, year round public art project. Read More >>

phones
Finns Set a Record by Flinging Phones at Their Crazy Competition

The Finnish might have a background in making phones, but they're also into throwing them. This year, at the 13th annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship, Finnish Ere Karjalainen set a new record by launching an old Nokia 100m. Read More >>

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iPhone Catches Fire In Finnish Man’s Back Pocket, and Thankfully There’s CCTV Footage For Everyone to Ogle

Henri Helminen, a 17-year-old Finn, had a lucky escape yesterday -- his 90-day-old iPhone caught fire while it was nestled in his back pocket. Smoke, presumably from the battery, alerted the teenager to the mishap, allowing him to toss the thing out just before it burst into flames. Read More >>

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Nokia and Microsoft Launch £15 Million App Development Centre

Microsoft and Nokia are continuing their love-in, today announcing plans to invest a cool 18 million Euros into a new app development centre, to be based in Finland. Read More >>

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Bomb Threats Thrown About as Finnish Anti-Piracy Mess Escalates

The recent hacking of a couple of Finnish anti-piracy sites has stepped up a level, or several levels in fact, with one of the anti-piracy groups revealing it received a bomb threat after assisting in blocking popular BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay. Read More >>

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Anonymous Takes Out Finnish Anti-Piracy Sites as Finland Follows UK Lead

Anonymous is at it again and this time they’ve been irked by the Finns. It launched a DDoS campaign against two Finnish anti-piracy sites, after a court order forced Elisa, a Finnish ISP, to block The Pirate Bay. The Finns seem to be following a similar course to us Brits, with the recent Newzbin2 blockades here in the UK, and Anonymous isn’t happy about it. Read More >>

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Anonymous Forces Resignation Of Finnish Neo-Nazi Parliamentary Aide

Chalk another one up to the Anonymous collective and their battle against discrimination, among other things. Anonymous Finland hacked a neo-Nazi site and leaked its membership database embarrassing a Finnish parliamentary aide. Read More >>