Video games are on the rise in Finland: in recent years the industry has become one of the largest in Europe, and Finnish mobile gaming developers are considered experts in their field. This has led to an abundant and innovative market, with new types of games popping up daily. Analysis has shown that in 2024, projected revenue in online gaming in Finland will reach an estimated $429.3 million, which is an annual growth rate of 11.09%.

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The cleaning robot Seppo cleans warehouse spaces.

As Finland faces a critical shortage of professional cleaners, robotic assistance is becoming increasingly crucial in maintaining the cleanliness of Finnish workspaces and public areas. Property and facility service company ISS now employs over a hundred cleaning robots, with plans to increase this number significantly, underscoring a shift towards automated cleaning solutions.

In Helsinki’s Jätkäsaari, robots named Ulla and Seppo are already hard at work at the retail and warehouse facilities,

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Screenshot of the model developed by the researchers. Photo: Aalto University

Researchers at Aalto University have achieved a breakthrough in text input technology by developing the first AI model capable of simulating human-like typing on mobile phones. This innovative model, a significant milestone in modern text input simulation, enables the analysis of various user groups, from young to old and those who type with one finger, to determine factors that facilitate or impede mobile typing.

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Boy withdrawn in a stairwell. LEHTIKUVA

A recent study conducted by the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry at the University of Turku has highlighted a significant increase in anxiety symptoms among young people. By comparing extensive population-level surveys of the psychosocial well-being of children aged 8-9 and adolescents aged 13-16 before and after the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers observed not only a noticeable rise in anxiety and difficulties but also a dramatic escalation particularly among girls in a relatively short period.

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During the "Edible Helsinki" weeks, the city's diverse culinary culture will be highlighted through a hundred events.

Helsinki is gearing up for its first-ever "Edible Helsinki" weeks, a celebration of the city’s rich culinary culture scheduled from May 24 to June 16, 2024. This innovative food festival is the result of a collaborative effort among local restaurants, tourism bodies, and event organizers, aiming to highlight Helsinki’s gastronomic diversity through a hundred unique events.

The festival kicks off with a press event that offered a sneak peek into the planned activities and sparked discussions on Helsinki's culinary innovations and restaurant culture.

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Edible Helsinki events can be identified by stickers depicting Helsinki flavors. Photo: City of Helsinki / image processed illustration.

Helsinki is set to host its inaugural "Edible Helsinki" food weeks from May 24 to June 16, 2024, celebrating the city’s diverse culinary scene. Nearly a hundred events have been organized in collaboration between local restaurants, tourism bodies, and event organizers, offering something for everyone from fine dining aficionados to burger enthusiasts, and lovers of both traditional and ethnic cuisines.

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n airplane parked in front of the terminal at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Photo: Finavia

This summer, Finavia is set to connect Finland more extensively to the global stage with over 140 international routes, including eight new and returning paths. The Finnish airport operator is expanding its offerings with a wide array of destinations, ensuring travelers have ample choices for their summer travels. From Helsinki Airport alone, around 130 international routes will be operational, alongside daily domestic flights.

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Sidi Bou Said, Tunis

Touching down in Tunis, the vibrant capital of Tunisia, I felt an immediate rush of excitement. The city, a fascinating blend of ancient traditions and modern conveniences, extends a warm welcome with its sunny skies and the gentle breeze from the nearby Mediterranean.

Tunis is a city steeped in history, situated on the northeast coast of Tunisia. It lies close to the ancient site of Carthage, once a powerful city-state and a fierce rival of Rome.

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Researchers have also developed a unique micropipette measurement technique to measure the forces acting on water droplets. Photo: Matilda Backholm / Aalto University

Physicists at Aalto University and ESPCI Paris have successfully explained a previously unknown force that inhibits the movement of water droplets on superhydrophobic surfaces, a discovery that promises to revolutionize the design of ultra-slick materials used in industries such as pharmaceuticals and transportation. This finding, recently published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was led by Assistant Professor Matilda Backholm of Aalto University.

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X-ray of mildly compressed hip fracture.

Researchers at the University of Turku and HUS Helsinki University Hospital are leading a revolution in medical diagnostics through the use of deep learning algorithms, significantly improving patient care by accurately identifying fractures, benign bone tumors, and necrosis in hand X-rays.

The introduction of AI in medical imaging, particularly in diagnosing conditions related to the hand and wrist, is showcased in three peer-reviewed international journal articles produced by HUS's hand surgery department.

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Apple is gearing up for a significant overhaul of its operating system with the anticipated release of iOS 18, according to leaked details from a Mashable report. The update promises extensive changes across various aspects of the iPhone, marking it as one of the most substantial software updates to date.

The integration of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) features is a cornerstone of the new update, with enhancements planned for core apps including Photos, Mail, Notes, and Fitness.

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Ambulance in front of the Peijas Hospital emergency clinic in the Vantaa and Kerava welfare area, in Vantaa, on January 2, 2023. LEHTIKUVA

Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) has recently faced a shortage of staff, resulting in the postponement of pre-planned orthopedic surgeries at Siltasairaala. Currently, the operating room resources are being used to attend to emergency trauma and neurosurgery patients. Despite this setback, orthopedic surgeries are continuing as usual at other HUS hospitals, such as Peijaksen, Lohjan, Hyvinkää, and Porvoon.

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Old lady walking with rollator. LEHTIKUVA

A study by the University of Turku has revealed that changes in physical activity around the time of retirement significantly impact weight and blood cholesterol levels. The Finnish Retirement and Aging (FIREA) study utilized wearable motion sensors to track physical activity changes as workers transitioned from employment to retirement and examined the health effects of these changes.

The research found that a majority of retirees experienced a decrease in physical activity, replaced by more sleep and sedentary behavior.

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Photo: STUK

Melanoma incidence in Finland is on the rise, particularly among the younger population who often underestimate the long-term health risks posed by sun exposure. Despite increasing awareness about the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, many young Finns are failing to adopt adequate sun protection measures.

The Finnish Cancer Registry reported a significant uptick in melanoma cases, with 1,028 men and 811 women diagnosed in 2023.

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A cyclist at the Oittaa outdoor area in Espoo on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024. LEHTIKUVA

A recent study conducted by the National PET Centre and the UKK Institute suggests that even light physical activity is associated with better metabolic flexibility in sedentary, overweight adults at risk of diabetes. Conversely, prolonged sitting may impair the efficient utilization of nutrients.

Lifestyle habits influence fat and sugar metabolism. Limited movement and excessive sitting often lead to reduced metabolism and energy expenditure, resulting in weight gain if energy intake exceeds expenditure.

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The image shows human skin stem cells from which new cells resembling liver cells have been differentiated. The liver marker AFP produced by the differentiated cells is stained red. The nuclei of the cells, containing DNA, appear blue. Image: University of Helsinki / Jalil, Keskinen

Researchers from the University of Helsinki and HUS Helsinki University Hospital have achieved a significant medical breakthrough by successfully correcting a genetic defect that causes a hereditary metabolic disease, thus mitigating its harmful effects on cells. This landmark research focused on Argininosuccinic Aciduria (ASA-uria), a severe metabolic disorder prevalent in the Finnish gene pool, where the body fails to process proteins properly, leading to dangerous accumulations of ASA and ammonia. Excessive ammonia can cause disturbances in consciousness, coma, and even death.

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