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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida
Issue 7
Volume 5
July 2014


 we can see many recovery signs in Florida�s economy and you can read more about those in this newsletter. 

 We are also glad to see Finland ranking again the most competitive country in Europe's 2020 Competitive index. 

 There are many other positive signs that gives us courage that your business can benefit from creating stronger ties between Finland and Florida.

We are here to help you make the first connections.

If your company has something to offer for our member base, in regards of shared information, or discounts or anything else, please contact us so we can discuss with you.


Hope you are enjoying the summer and come back rested in the fall and eager to participate at our events.



At your service,


Lena Hartikainen

FACC-FL President


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Did you miss this?



Scandinavian Midsummer Networking Event 


Wednesday night on June 18th, many business people from several chambers and various realms of business gathered to celebrate the Scandinavian festivity of Midsummer while enjoying food an drinks and met new people. Read more about the successful event and see the event pictures on our website.



FACC Upcoming events


  • September                           Business development event
            • A great event to learn about a topic that supports the growth of your business.
            • Together with a member or a partner (This could be your company!)
            • Theme and location TBA
  • October                                Valuable FACC for you - event
            • Come and learn what FACC can do for you and your business. 
            • Learn what you can do in FACC and how you can participate and receive more out of your membership
            • A great possibility to meet old and new members and to network
            • Location TBA
  • November                            Business workshop
            • A co-hosted event by FACC and a member (This could be your company!)
            • Theme and location TBA
  • November                            The economy in Finland and EU
            • Speaker: Mr Eero Lehti, Member of the Finnish Parliament and Honorary Doctor of Economics
            • Location: M-Trading (FACC Trustee member), Lantana, FL  
  • December                             Winter gala
            • Come and celebrate the end of the year with the chamber, its members and others!
            • Location TBA 
  • February                                 VIP Polo Event
            • Come and enjoy a nice day with Polo and networking!
            • Location: International Polo Club Palm Beach 
  • March                                      Nordic Summit
            • A great networking opportunity together with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce.
            • More information to be released soon, stay tuned.
  • March                                      Open doors event
            • Come and get to know one of the FACC members even better! 
            • A great speaker and a great location (This could be your company!)
            • More information soon, stay tuned
  • April 13-14                             World Strategic Forum
  • The World Strategic Forum is presented by the International
    Economic Forum of the Americas to address the major governance challenges of the new world economic order, focusing on the central role of the Americas in the global economy.
  • Phenomenal world class speakers and global leaders gather at these events to discuss the future. 
  • A perfect possibility to learn & participate and to network!
  • Location Biltmore Hotel, Miami
  • Curious? Read more on the event website or on the FACC blog about the previous event from April 2014.

Do you want your business to receive more awareness?
Do you want to invite FACC members and others to get to know your business and organize or co-host an event? 
Do not hesitate to contact through email or call +1 561-582-2335

News from Florida

Florida�s economic growth better than most of the country
Florida's economic output - the state equivalent of the gross domestic product - grew by 2.2 percent to top $800 billion in current dollars, according to government figures released Wednesday. Read more here.

Florida exports up 2 % in April
The latest international trade numbers show that $4.73 billion worth of goods left Florida for international markets in April, an increase of 2 percent from March. Read more here.

The Triumphant Return of the Private Passenger Rail
Beginning in 2016, All Aboard Florida will run 32 departures a day between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, with service extending to Orlando. Read more here.

Tourism and investment spending lead Florida�s economic recovery
The moderate growth is a sign of a sustainable economic recovery led by tourism and investment spending, said Tony Villamil, founder and principal of the Coral Gables-based Washington Economics Group. Read more here. 
Florida is home to over 2 million small businesses
Small businesses made up 95.4 percent of Florida's exporting companies generating 68.6 percent of the state's total known export value. Read more here. 

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News from Finland
Finland�s New Tech Power: Game Maker Supercell
First, Finland had timber. Then there was Nokia. Today its most visible export is video games. Read more about the fast paced success of Supercell here.

Europe�s top ten most competitive economies
Finland ranks 1st in this edition of the Europe 2020 Competitiveness Index, supported by its stronger performance in laying the foundations for smart growth since the 2012 edition. Read here more about why Finland is number one.

Helsinki the fifth most liveable city in the world
Helsinki has been ranked as the fifth most liveable city in the world by Monocle's quality of life index. Read more here about the high quality of life and other high ranking cities.
Finland - a model country for sustainable transport by 2020
Finland aims to become a model country for sustainable transport by 2020. VTT's TransSmart programme aims to increase number of new cars running on renewable energy by 2020, and it estimates that the market share of electric cars have increased 10-15 percent by then. Read more here. 
Finnish design receives international recognition
Chairs created by Finnish furniture designers Mikko Laakkonen and Sami Kallio have received awards at the Miaw Muuuz International Awards 2014 design competition in Paris. Read more here. 


We hope you find this newsletter useful and we love to get feedback and suggestions how we can make it better. We also have many volunteer opportunities within the chamber so let us know how you want to be involved.




Lena Hartikainen
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce