FACC Florida Newsletter


Happy New Year to our members!

 2018 was a great year to the United States and Finland from the economic point of view. The US economic outlook is healthy according to the key economic indicators and it is expected to continue growing steadily over the next few years. In Florida, economy is strong and for example the Florida unemployment rate has constantly decreased and it can be said that Florida leads the nation in job creation.

 In Finland, the Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo got excellent news on December when he found out that Finland won’t be forced to take the 2,2 billion loan which was already planned. That means income has been bigger than outlay this year in Finland which makes it possible to repay the government debt first time in ten years. 

 At FACC, we will start this new year by meeting with the board. Our board members have some great new ideas for the future and we can’t wait to start planning and hosting our first events of the year.

We look forward to offer beneficial events to you, our members! We will keep you posted for

upcoming events on our web site and our Facebook page - stay tuned!

Yours truly,

Esa Jokela

FACC President


Finnish firms announce big deals worldwide

Finnish companies Kalmar, Metso, YIT, Neste and Vaisala are undertaking large projects and making substantial investments globally. Read more

ALMACO secured the order to build 1121 passenger and crew for Viking Line’s newbuild at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (XSI) shipyard in China.

After working with Viking Line during the precontractual phase, ALMACO secured the order to build 1121 passenger and crew cabins plus all the galleys, bars, pantries and provision stores, including cold rooms, freezers and walk-ins, for Viking Line’s newbuild at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (XSI) shipyard in China. This is a great example of ALMACO’s capability to build the full set of Accommodations and Catering Systems products for a complete interior delivery. Read more

Finnish startups win at European Venture Contest

Finnish companies Surgify and LullaMe have won in their respective categories at the 12th European Venture Contest organized in Germany. Read more

China's largest sports brand has submitted an official offer for Finnish manufacturer Amer Sports

Anta Sports is now also moving forward to the European area. China's largest sports brand moves to the European market with Wilson, Atomic or Arc'teryx. Anta Sports has submitted an official offer for Finnish manufacturer Amer Sports, which has already been recommended by the company's board of directors. The acquisition would also improve Anta's status in her own country. Read more


2019 Economic Outlook - The Year Ahead

Perspectives on the year ahead from business leaders in each of Florida’s major regions, along with key growth-related statistics and a roundup of issues and news.

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Florida’s top business stories of 2018

In 2018, soccer finally found its Miami home. Wynwood displaced some long-term residents in favor of becoming Miami’s next live-work nexus. Celebrity Cruises sailed in with the industry’s most cutting-edge ship, appropriately called Edge. Amazon considered a Miami address for its new HQ2, foolishly choosing instead two pricier, more tax-burdened and even more clogged locales in the north. Read more

Enterprise Florida announces new jobs in Florida during United Kingdom mission

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) announced that two companies based in the United Kingdom will add jobs in Florida. The company announcements were made during a business development and trade mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland led by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Read more

Florida reports all-time high graduation rate

For more than a decade, Florida officials have made a concerted effort to increase graduation rates from when they hovered near half of high school students. The effort has succeeded through a combination of actions, ranging from changing requirements to the advent of credit recovery options. And the 2017-18 figures set a new high of 86.1 percent. Read more


We are currently looking for a new intern, for both summer and fall season. Are you ready for the experience of a lifetime or do you know someone who is?

 The position is a shared internship between Finnish American Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Consulate of Finland. 

 More information from our web site or contact us at



We seek to keep you informed to keep you on top. There are many valuable exclusive benefits that we offer to our members. FACC-FL is the forum for networking, meeting potential customers and clients, gaining new contacts and growing your business.

Do not forget that as a member, you have the opportunity to increase visibility and advertise in our monthly newsletter and social media channels. Interested? Contact us at info@facc-fl.com

Looking forward of working for your benefit another year! 


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