FACC Florida Newsletter



Spring is officially here and we are getting lots of good news from Finland. According to UN report Finland is still the happiest country in the world. Finland topped the 2018 Global Happiness report and renewed the top rank again this year. Finland beat out 155 other countries for the title in the 2019 report. The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by happiness levels, assessing factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption.


Here in South Florida we had a pleasure to get one of our founding members Jarmo Seppala to visit us this week. It was great to look back the time and talk about all the good memories he had from the first few years of the FACC, Florida. It is already 10 years when The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Florida chapter was founded.

 Happy Easter everyone!  

Yours truly,

Esa Jokela

FACC President



The Capital of Finland, Helsinki, has been awarded joint first position in 2018's European Capital of Smart Tourism competition

The European Commission defines a smart city as “a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business.” “Helsinki's vision is to be the most functional city in the world." Read more


Finland: Still the happiest country in the world (says UN report)

The UN's seventh annual World Happiness Report ranks the countries of the world on "how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be". Finland has once again been ranked as the happiest country in the world. The Nordic nation received the accolade for the second year in succession in the annual survey of global happiness from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Read more


Nine stunning contemporary libraries - The new Helsinki Public Library Oodi has been featured in BBC Culture list of nine stunning libraries around the world

"At Oodi... only a third of the space is given over to books... It is a response to Finland’s updated Public Libraries Act, which commits to promoting lifelong learning, active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression." Read more


Finland's travel exports increased by one billion Euros in a year

Travel is a service industry of EUR 15 billion in Finland, and it accounts for 2.6% of Finland’s GDP. Its significant increase is attributable to travel exports which, according to recent travel statistics assigned by Visit Finland from Statistics Finland, increased to EUR 4.6 billion in 2017. Read more




FPL seeks approval for major solar program

Florida Power & Light last week asked state regulators to approve a major new solar-energy program in which customers could voluntarily pay a charge each month and receive credits for savings produced by the program. Read more


Palm Beach County job market booms, housing market cools

In something of an economic paradox, Palm Beach County’s job market is booming, yet its housing market is cooling. Palm Beach County’s jobless rate fell to 3.4 percent in February, down from 3.9 percent a month ago and 3.7 percent a year ago, state economists said Friday. Strong hiring often drives demand for housing, but Palm Beach County’s property market showed more signs of slowing in February, according to a report released Friday by the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale. Read more






2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) invites you to join us at the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. This will be OESBD’s 4th Annual Countywide Conference and will be held at The Signature Grand located at 6900 State Road 84 in Davie. Read More





Economic Development Forum Luncheon

April 11, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Lakeside Anchor Inn. For more information, visit here.




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