More connections to ASiA innair has increased its traffic to Delhi from six to seven flights per week. With the recent inclusion of Indian airline Kingfisher into the Oneworld alliance, Finnair travellers can also continue conveniently from Delhi to other destinations in India. Finnair offers the fastest route from Europe to Asia via Helsinki, and continues to experience growth in its Asian traffic. Between 2001 and 2010, the number of Asian passengers passing through Helsinki Airport increased from around 240,000 to more than one million per year. www.finnair.com PHOTO: RAMI HANAFI F The ultimate welcome gift T The guys' turn he maternity package, a free box of childcare items sent to expectant mothers, is a long-standing symbol of the Finnish welfare system. As part of its push for a more ecological society, Finland's social insurance institution Kela has incorporated environmentally-friendly products into the package. Reusable nappies and nursing pads have replaced disposable varieties, and much of the baby clothing included in the package is made of organic or recycled fabrics. The maternity package was first introduced in the late 1930s. www.kela.fi T Clean DESign W ho says a waste bin can't be chic? The FinBin Ellipse litter bin, sold by Finnish environmental management, bio-fuel and recycled raw material supplier Lassila & Tikanoja, has a sleek, futuristic and downright sophisticated look. Available in stainless steel or with a powder coating, the trash receptacles are in use at many meticulously-designed public spaces such as the new Dubai Metro. Ellipse has garnered design awards in Finland. www.lassila-tikanoja.fi wo documentaries exploring the psyche of the Finnish man have recently attracted international attention. Mika ronkainen's Freetime Machos, depicting a season in the life of the world's northernmost rugby team, has made the rounds in the global film festival circuit. it earned praise from highprofile media outlets when it played at New york's esteemed Tribeca Film Festival. And Joonas Berghäll and Mika hotakainen took their cameras into the sauna, one of the few places in which a cautious Finnish man lets down his guard, and ended up with one of Finland's best-reviewed films of 2010. Miesten vuoro (Steam of Life) is an affectionate, bitter-sweet portrait of Finnish masculinity that has won awards at film festivals in Poland, Switzerland and israel. it was also shown in New york and los Angeles as part of the international Documentary Association's Docuweeks showcase. Miesten vuoro was Finland's submission into the 2011 Academy Awards. www.freetimemachos.com www.nordiskfilm.fi 43
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