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Satellite navigation is part of our everyday life, in communications networks and transport services, for example. In the Arctic region, the navigation systems do not function optimally.
The annual Arctic Business Forum started on Wednesday in Kemi with very optimistic tones when it comes to the current business climate.
Surrounded by forests, the town of Kuhmo has created a unique wood cluster that serves as a source of jobs, wealth and wellbeing.
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Yukigassen is a Japanese word, but Kemijärvi has made yukigassen a delightful Finnish winter sport. Teams are competing in the European Championships this weekend.
Finnish Meteorological Institute has participated in a new study that shows that plant leaf uptake of mercury lowers global air pollution. The researchers found that the biological mercury pump seizes half of all global mercury emissions caused by humans.
This year we have an exceptionally large amount of snow in the entire Northern Hemisphere. The Arctic Meteorology Summit in Levi discusses weather phenomena in the Arctic region.
Two Finnish Arctic experts are joining forces to provide satellite-based ice information for their customers operating in the polar seas.
Applying targeted geoengineering to stall the fastes flows of ice into the oceans is a topic worthy of serious research and investment, scientists argue.
The Arctic Council will gather in Levi on 22-23 March 2018 for Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting, to address the issues of meteorological cooperation and connectivity, both critical in the Arctic.
A railway routing to the Arctic Ocean via Oulu, Rovaniemi and Kirkenes is the option that a new task force by Finnish and Norwegian authorities will examine further.
Finnish SAR satellite manufacturer ICEYE today announced an agreement with Kongsberg Satellite Service to purchase synthetic aperture radar satellite tasking and data from ICEYE.
A tanker has run aground off the Oulu coast, and heavy fuel oil has spilled at sea. This frightening scenario is the starting point for an international Arctic oil recovery exercise at the Bay of Bothnia.
ARCTIC STORIES Finland’s northernmost Pride festival is painting the city of Rovaniemi in rainbow colours this weekend with events ranging from roller derby to danceoke.
Compared to recent years, this winter has been very challenging for sea transport along the Finnish coastline and at sea. Nine icebreakers now assist marine traffic.
ARCTIC STORIES Top snow sculptors from around the Baltic Sea are braving the cold in Nallikari, Oulu. The stunning sculptures they create will form a transient winter art exhibition.
ARCTIC STORIES The Arctic Design week brings designers and businesspeople together in Rovaniemi for the 10th time. The event promises unique opportunities to learn about sustainable design.
Mining company Agnico Eagle Finland has announced an expansion investment at its Kittilä gold mine of approximately 160 million euros.
WORDS FROM THE EDITOR: The railroad tracks running northwards from Rovaniemi or from Kolari will soon dominate the headlines.
Black carbon is a major contributor to climate change. It causes almost a quarter of the warming in the Arctic region. A recently released Finnish animated video tells about ways of mitigating problems relating to black carbon.
ARCTIC STORIES: By midwinter, Finland’s 187 888 lakes and much of the Baltic Sea are covered with ice. Beneath the blanket of ice, you will find wellbeing, fresh delicacies and even start-up money.
ARCTIC STORIES: Porokello is a smart traffic service designed to warn about reindeer on the road. The number of reindeer accidents is already going down.
Is it possible to ensure safe automated transport in difficult weather conditions. Developers, researchers and regulators gathered in Muonio to tackle this and related issues.
The launch of ICEYE-X1 sent the first ever under 100 kg SAR satellite into orbit. Making further history, ICEYE also successfully established communications with the 70 kg satellite.
Finnish Meteorological Institute and University of Oulu will increase space research activities and intensify co-operation with the Sodankylä Space Campus.
At first glance, Rovaniemi looks like any other small Finnish town in December. When you look closer, there is a hint of magic in the air.
ARCTIC STORIES: If a tanker runs aground in the Arctic seas, Finnish company Lamor will most likely have provided the equipment used in the oil spill rescue.
Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit gave space to regional actors - Arctic city council members, mayors, and governors - to discuss how they see the future of the Arctic.
Culturally sustainable education in the Arctic needs to include indigenous and local knowledge. School must enable the children to adapt to the multiple changes taking place, yet learn to embrace their own culture.
The way Arctic regions are portrayed in mainstream media is seldom accurate. Exoticism and conflicts bring more clicks than in-depth stories about life in the North.
There are many disparities in health between Arctic countries and regions, between indigenous and non-indigenous populations and between rural and urban areas, but the general view is grim.
Is it possible to reconcile the interests of all land users? Whose priorities are the most important? Researchers and various stakeholders having interest in land use modes such as mining, forestry and reindeer herding had a heated debate.
What do we mean by a resilent Arctic bioeconomy and how can we strengthen it? Natural and social ecosystems were the theme of one of the first panels on the second day of the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference.
The panels on the first day of the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference focused on three aspects of the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Arctic region – economy, science, and the next generations.
The need of innovative approaches in combining the economic, environmental and social aspects of life and development in the Arctic came up repeatedly during the first sessions of the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Press release 199/2017, 14 November 2017
The Arktikum building in Rovaniemi was dedicated to celebrate Finland's 75 years of independence. Today, Arktikum celebrates Finland’s centenary year with Arctic Expo.
What do the Sustainable Development Goals mean from an Arctic point of view? How can we translate them into Arctic economy, policies and language? The Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference seeks answers to these questions, in novel ways.
ARCTIC STORIES: ICEYE is the first commercial satellite company in Finland. Its story began on a satellite project at Aalto University. Two engineering students, Rafal Modrzewski and Pekka Laurila were learning about nanosatellites, and decided to commercialize their skills.
Senior Arctic Council officials met in Finland for the first time during Finland’s Chairmanship on 25-26 October 2017. The meeting brought together representatives of the states and organizations involved in the work of the Council.
The Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) convened for its XVI Session under the chair of Russia on 18-19 October in Arkhangelsk. In a joint declaration, the Council recognised the importance of cross-border transport connections for economic development.
ARCTIC STORIES: The Arctic region is the focus of worldwide attention. The Arctic Studies Program at the University of Lapland offers Finnish and international students a unique possibility to learn more about this region from the inside perspective.
Three southern regions have decided to re-examine their role in the Arctic cooperation. On October 12, they arranged a conference on Southern Finland and sustainable Arctic cooperation.
ARCTIC STORIES: Finland has been building its northern identity for centuries. Arctic is a cultural definition, says Professor Maria Lähteenmäki, the editor of Footprints in the snow – The Long History of Arctic Finland.
Arctia’s multipurpose icebreaker Nordica transited the Northwest Passage in on the Arctic 100 Expedition. One of the explorers was Ari Laakso of the Arctic Centre, who filmed the time-lapse video from the journey.
ARCTIC STORIES: Wild berries are healthy, they taste wonderful and they are free for everyone to pick. Berries are also fascinating raw materials for innovations.
For the centenary of Finnish independence in 2017, a group of researchers will board an expedition of a lifetime. Multipurpose icebreaker Nordica will set sail from Vancouver for Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, through the legendary Northwest Passage.
Data traffic is growing exponentially. There are major bottlenecks in the current connections. The Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit in Oulu discussed broadband development and its implications for the Arctic societies and businesses.
According to research cold therapy can relieve stress and improve the quality of life. Cold therapy eases pain and helps muscles recover. Panu Vapaavalta has developed a cold mist treatment that can be used in every bathroom.
The Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory studies everything between heaven and earth. Originally, the scientific community landed in Sodankylä because of the northern lights
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