Save the date - Prospects and Developments of Forest Industry in Brazil and Finland
8:30 AM08:30

Save the date - Prospects and Developments of Forest Industry in Brazil and Finland

Time:                 Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 08:30 - 11:00 hrs

Venue:              Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, Helsinki Hall, Kalevankatu 12, 2nd floor, Helsinki
Registration:    Via this LINK, the latest on Friday, August 24 at 12 noon - register now!

The event is offered free of charge but requires pre-registration. The seminar language is English.

Please join us to discuss the prospects and developments of forest industry in Brazil and Finland with specialists from both countries. We are happy to have in our event as a keynote speaker, a respected forest industry expert from Brazil, Dr. Ivan Tomaselli, President of STCP Engenharia de Projetos Ltda and Vice President of Technology and Development of the Brazilian Association of the Mechanically Processed Timber – ABIMCI. In his presentation, Mr. Tomaselli will highlight e.g. the current and future plans and needs of forest cultivation and plantation in Brazil, and potential cooperation with Finnish forest industry operators and companies.  Please find enclosed the CV of Dr. Tomaselli.

Draft program:

  • Remarks by Ms. Kirsi Seppäläinen, Chair of the Finnish-Latin American Trade Association
  • Economic outlook of Brazil by H.E.  Mr. Antonio Francisco Da Costa e Silva Neto, Ambassador of Brazil to Finland
  • Future outlook of the Brazilian forest sector by Dr. Ivan Tomaselli, President, STCP Engenharia de Projetos Ltda
  • Presentation by Mr. Petteri Pihlajamäki, Director, Pöyry Management Consulting Oy

The event is co-organized by the Finnish-Latin American Trade Association, Business Finland, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Europe Network and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Anne Hatanpää, Liaison Manager, Finland Chamber of Commerce,
Ms. Johanna Marin-Hyppönen, Senior Advisor, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce,

Ms. Leena Sipilä, Senior Business Event Specialist, Business Finland,


Ivan Tomaselli - STCP
Mr. Ivan Tomaselli has a BSc and MSc in Forestry from the Federal University of Paraná - Brazil, and a PhD from Melbourne University - Australia. Currently he is the President of STCP Engenharia de Projetos Ltda, a consulting, engineering and management firm, and Vice President of Technology and Development of the Brazilian Association of the Mechanically Processed Timber – ABIMCI.
As a consultant, he works with aspects related to the forest industry, market, energy, strategic developments and policies. His work has supported companies, governments and international organizations including FAO, ITTO, UNFF, World Bank, BID, ITC and  others. 
Has over 250 papers published in Brazil and other countries, and recently published a book on Project Management. He was responsible for the CB31 (Timber Products Committee) of the Brazilian Standards Association – ABNT and a Professor of the Forestry Faculty of the Federal University of Parana from 1977 to 2010. During this period was involved with the BSc, MSc and PhD programs. At the University, he also coordinated the Post-Graduation Course in Forestry and the BSc Course of Industrial Wood Industry Engineering.

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5:30 PM17:30

FBC Singapore - Employment laws and MoM regulations 4th September

Dear FBC members and friends,

Struggling to find top-notch talent in Singapore? Puzzled with employment laws and MoM regulations? Or looking for the dream job?

FBC is arranging an autumn season-opening event in collaboration with other Nordic business councils to help both employers and jobseekers Singapore is a highly competitive environment for both employees and employers. To ease their burden, FBC has invited experts on employer branding, recruitment and employment regulation to share their knowledge.
After the keynote presentation and panel discussion, the audience can ask questions of all speakers.  
The keynote speaker Mr Sam Yuen (Yuen Law LLC) gives an insight, how to understand MoM regulations. The panellists Ms Minna Rouru (KONE), Mr Lim Teck Yong (Shopee) and Ms Rachele Rocardi (Universum) will discuss the employer branding with the moderator Ms Elena Chow (Connect One).
Event program
5:30 – 6:00           Registration
6:00 – 6:10           FBC Chairman Janne Lautanala and the Sponsors
6:10 – 6:30           Sam Yuen (Yuen Law LLC): Update on employment regulation
6:30 – 7:15           The panel: Employer branding. Moderator Ms Elena Chow
7:15 – 7:30           Q & A
7:30 – 9:00           Networking and meetings at the stands with refreshments

Date & Time
Tuesday September 4, 2018, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm.
S P Jain School of Global Management,  10 Hyderabad Road, 119579

FBC members: free of charge (max. 2 pax. per company)
Member fee (FBC, DABS, NBAS, SwedCham, SiSu):  25 SGD
Non-member fee: 35 SGD



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8:30 AM08:30

Elections in Brazil: Life After Impeachment?


How are the markets faring and what lies ahead for Latin America’s giant as a place to do business?

Welcome to a breakfast briefing on Brazil’s first presidential election since the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in 2016. Lauri Tähtinen, a country specialist and Nordic West Office’s Head of Research and Analysis, explores Brazil’s politics, economy and place in the world.

Join us to learn more about the cast of characters leading in the polls:

·        The wildly popular ex-president, Lula, who remains imprisoned and thus excluded from running for office.

·        The foul-mouthed congressman, Jaír Bolsonaro, who boosts the military dictatorship and boasts about not understanding the economy.

·        The environmental activist Marina Silva, an Evangelical Christian, whose electoral platform combines social conservatism with an anti-corruption agenda.

Will a mainstream presidential candidate surge, and what is the outlook for congressional and state elections? Can Brazil recover from a historic corruption scandal and economic downturn? How does democracy fare after impeachment? The Brazilian experience holds lessons beyond its borders on what may follow the ousting of an elected head of state.

Join us for breakfast, immerse yourself in all things Brazilian and be prepared to ask some hard questions.

·        When: Wednesday, September 19, 8.30-10 am (breakfast served from 8 am)

·        Where: Nordic West Office, Vuorikatu 15 A, 00100 Helsinki

·        Registration: (with dietary restrictions) by Thursday Sep 13 by email:

This breakfast session is organized by Nordic West Office in co-operation with Finnish-Latin-American Trade Association, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Europe Network.

The event is free of charge. Welcome!

Nordic West Office provides analysis on elections that have an impact on Nordic Business. Other sessions this autumn are:

·        Tuesday, September 4 at 8.30-10 am: Elections in Sweden. All forecasts point to chaos.

·        Friday, November 9 at 8.30-10 am: Elections in the US. Referendum on Trump.

For registrations please send an email to

If you are interested in more in-depth analysis on elections world wide, please contact

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12:30 AM00:30

Chambre de Commerce Franco-Finlandaise: 27 septembre et Monsieur Marcus Rantala


Jeudi 27 septembre 2018

Nous avons le grand plaisir de vous annoncer que nous organisons un déjeuner avec Monsieur Marcus Rantala le jeudi 27 septembre à 12h30 au Cercle Suédois.

Notre invité nous parlera de l'avenir de la Finlande et des développements attendus à Helsinki, de sa vision sur l'Europe et la France.

Quelles sont les possibilités pour une coopération plus profonde entre la France et la Finlande ? 

Le débat sera modéré par Monsieur Jean-Pierre Beaudoin

Marcus Rantala  est un politicien finlandais qui fait partie du Conseil municipal de Helsinki où il  représente le Parti du peuple suédois. Sa carrière lui a permis d'acquérir une large perspective sur la vie politique finlandaise : depuis 2001 il a été successivement Conseiller politique pour le gouvernement finlandais, Secrétaire d'État au Ministère de l'Education et de la Culture ainsi qu'au Ministère de la Défense.

Il est actuellement associé chez Rud Pedersen Public Affairs Company. Dans l’attente de vous retrouver à cette occasion, nous vous souhaitons un très bel été, avec, bien sûr, des vacances bien méritées !

Bien Cordialement,

Chambre de Commerce Franco-Finlandaise
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2:30 PM14:30

2nd Japan's food export fair

World's Largest-scale Trade Fair specialised in "Importing Japan's Food"!
- For Importers & International Buyers -

Dates: October 10 (Wed) - 12 (Fri), 2018
Venue: Makuhari Messe, JAPAN
Organiser: Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
Co-organiser: Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Supporter: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries


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Finnish Business goes Kazan

  • Finnish Business in Kazan (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Suomalainen business matkustaa Tatarstaniin lokakuussa!

Suomalainen business näkyy ja kuuluu Tatarstanissa 17.-18.10.2018, kun järjestämme suuren suomalaisen yritystapahtuman Kazanissa Team Finland-vienninedistämismatkan yhteydessä. Suomalaisyrityksistä koostuvaa delegaatiota johtaa Suomen Moskovan-suurlähettiläs Mikko Hautala.

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12:30 PM12:30

Finncham Hong Kong: Nordic Summer Lunch 10th August 2018

The Finnish Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to the third of the annual Nordic Summer lunches at Gough’s in Central, Friday the 10 of August.

We are delighted to coordinate with the other Nordic Chambers for this Networking Lunch. The concept is simple – bring your friends and colleagues and come to meet members of other Nordic Chambers (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish) while enjoying a lunch. Each and every guest will pay for their own order.

Please note that this event is only open for members and guests of members.

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5:30 PM17:30

FACC Minnesota: Building a Technologically Smarter Future

Once upon a time, Nokia was the largest cell phone manufacturer in the world, commanding a 48.7% market share in 3rd quarter 2007 of all phones sold. Their "flagship" plant was located in Salo, Finland, employing 5,000 people. As we all know, Microsoft purchased the hand held business from Nokia and eventually closed the Salo plant in 2015.

After the departure of its largest employer what does a small town of 53,000 people do? Salo chose to step up and look to the future. Welcome, the Salo IoT Campus.

Please join us for an informative discussion on how to

-retain your talent
-attract investors
-kick-start a new cycle of innovation and growth

Our panelists:

Mr. Lauri Inna, Mayor (City Manager) of Salo, Finland
Ms. Saija Karnisto-Toivonen, Chairman of the City Board, Salo, Finland
Mr. Juhani Nummentalo, Chairman of the City Council, Salo, Finland
Ms. Terhikki Lehtonen, International Relations Officer, Salo, Finland

The panel will be moderated by:

Elaine Kumpula, VP, FACC-MN
Jouko Sipila, Treasurer, FACC-MN

Building a Technologically Smarter Future (with IoT)

Co-Sponsored by:
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
City of St Anthony Village

Faegre Baker Daniels
2200 Wells Fargo Center 90 S. Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Event is FREE.
Due to limited seating RSVP is requested (please click here).
Please RSVP by Monday, August 6.

Email FACC-MN at

Join the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce MN
 by clicking the "Buy Now" link below!

St. Anthony Village Area Chamber of Commerce

Invites You to

Sister City Salo, Finland Business Delegation Reception & Social
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
2720 County Road 88, St Anthony Village
5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Please join the St. Anthony Village Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, August 8, at The Village Pub Patio to meet and welcome the business owners who are visiting from Salo, Finland, our sister-city since 1985. A free appetizer buffet will be provided.
Reservations are NOT required but it would be appreciated if you would contact us if you know you will be attending.  This allows us to better prepare for the proper number of guests.  Please contact us at

Thanks to The Village Pub for co-hosting this event.

Read more here.



About Us:
The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Minnesota was founded in 2010 to promote business, financial, professional and trade relations between Finland and Minnesota. We are an inclusive organization which invites members and non-members alike to participate in our activities. While FACC MN is headquartered in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, we support business-related ventures throughout the Upper Midwest.

Join Us:
The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Minnesota offers business and social networking opportunities as well as resources about trade with Finland. You can conveniently join us via PayPal on our website at





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9:45 AM09:45

Opportunity Thailand - Many opportunities at the centre of ASEAN, a growing market with 600+ million consumers -

Thailand is located at the geographic centre of ASEAN and is an ideal logistics base to serve the region and countries beyond. Free-trade agreements have been established within ASEAN and with China, India, Australia and New Zealand to facilitate trade and investment. This fact coupled with Thailand Board of Investment incentives and a reasonable priced, high quality labour force, good infrastructure and a stable economy make Thailand an ideal steppingstone for expansion into ASEAN.

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9:00 PM21:00

SMART Leaders from USA and Finland Meet in Helsinki, Finland

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Finland-USA Business Roundtable 2018


9:00AM-9:30AM - Registration and Social

9:30AM-9:45AM – Introduction of participants

9:45AM-12:00 AM - Speakers

  • Welcome from our co-host Claned
  • Welcome from our Host - xEDU
  • Minna LeVine, Chamber of Eco Commerce
  • Tana Torrano, SMART Community Exchange Co-Founder
  • Martti Blomberg, Ceriffi
  • Ilkka Homanen, Cleantech Business Finland
  • Pekka Ollikainen, Digitalization Business Finland
  • Tuomi Lauri, Education Finland
  • Aaron Held, US Embassy, Sr. Commercial Officer

12:00 Noon - 1:00PM - Business Roundtable and Working Lunch

1:00PM - Adjourn


  • Share and learn from other participants
  • Implement SMART Trade with USA program in your city, region, organization
  • Meet influencers from Business, Government, Finance, Research, Academia, NGO, and Non-Profits
  • Enter/expand your business effectively in the U.S.
  • Attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • Reach U.S. consumers and investors
  • Join SMART research projects, partner projects in USA, and U.S. funded projects worldwide
  • Become a testbed for new technology
  • Scale your technology, products, services globally
  • Host and participate in international Trade Missions, Partner Projects, Business Roundtables, Summits, Hackathons, Challenges, Meetups, and more
  • Consult with SMART USA team of experts
  • Discover SMART Export/Import opportunity
  • Locate your business in a SMART Gateway City
  • Participate in SMART USA Trade Program

Tickets by clicking this link:

The event is hosted by xEDU - Fontellin Talo, Siltavuorenpenger 7, 00170 Helsinki, FINLAND

More information, please contact

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Netherlands - Personal Branding and Business Image
5:00 PM17:00

Netherlands - Personal Branding and Business Image

On Wednesday 18th of April, FDCC will organize a special event focusing on Personal Branding and Business Image. At the event you will have the opportunity to listen to the inspiring speaker, international brand advisor Michiel Maandag (Monday Brand Advisory) on how to brand yourself, and to hear practical advice from image consultant Jenni Ryynänen (I on Image) on how to support your personal brand with a unique style that is remembered for the right reasons. Lastly, what could be a better way to brand yourself and get noticed than with a flattering and professional picture on your CV and LinkedIn profile? Our professional photographer Jenna Rutanen will be taking care of that. 

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8:30 AM08:30

Austria – a Dynamic Business Hub in Central Europe

  • Helsinki Hall, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, 2nd floor 00100 Finland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Austria is the fourth richest country in the EU and has a well-developed market economy, skilled labor force, and high standard of living. Its economy is closely tied to other EU economies, especially Germany’s. Austria’s economy features a large service sector, a sound industrial sector, and a small, but highly developed agricultural sector. Surrounded by eight neighboring countries, Austria’s central location makes it an ideal place to conduct business both within Western Europe and into Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Already more than 1000 global companies coordinate their activities from Austria.

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Explore the Balkans – Business opportunities seminar
12:30 PM12:30

Explore the Balkans – Business opportunities seminar

Get a closer look at the business and investment opportunities in the Balkan region, as well as learn about financial support and services that Team Finland network offers to Finnish companies interested in doing business in this region.

Register now or by March 20, 2018

Detailed information on the seminar:—business-opportunities-seminar-on-27-march-2018/ 

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