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Things I didn’t know last week

June 10, 2015

Here we go again! I gleaned a few of these facts from the most recent version of the S-group customer magazine Yhteishyvä.

Tourism stats for Helsinki indicate that in spite of the economic downturn, the number overnight stays in Helsinki are still good. Helsinki is a safe and familiar place to visit for many. Visit Helsinki presents the number of overnight stays by foreign visitors in 2014:

  • Russia – 242,532
  • Germany – 147,572
  • United Kingdom – 129,949
  • Sweden – 123,488
  • United States – 120,695
  • Japan – 107,472
  • China – 57,991

Domestic tourism in Finland has grown, Finns are remaining in-country more often than before, with popular destinations such as Uusimaa (the capital area and beyond) North Pohjanmaa (Oulu) and Pirkanmaa (near Tampere) topping the list. The growth of stays in paid accommodation in Finland grew by 18 percent over the previous year according to Statistics Finland.

So, when was the last time you spent time being a tourist in your own country? (Look for more on that in my next entry, because I did jump into the tourist role recently!)

Finns are real bread lovers and it shows. The S-group published a breakdown of sales figures for 2014 as follows.

Fresh baked gluten-free products – 1%

  • Sweets and treats – 1%
  • Home-baked goods – 1%
  • Freezer and bulk goods – 3%
  • Coffee breads – 10%
  • On-site bakery goods – 9%
  • Dark breads – 37%
  • White breads – 38%

Customer criteria for purchasing bread include: price, healthiness, “naturalness” and locality. The S-group stores have more than 500 bakeries around the country.

Here’s a heads up for consumers out there: The warning symbols for chemical products in Finland will change soon. Colour themes will change as will the symbols and they may not resemble previous versions. In Finland chemical products containing acids can still be sold using the old symbol until 2017. The changes are being made under recommendation from the United Nations harmonizing symbols on a more global level.

Find out more about these changes at the European Chemicals Agency.

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