Empresas e Capital Humano – O Sucesso pela Paixão

As empresas são feitas de pessoas. Todas as empresas defendem esta premissa, mas quantas a compreendem na realidade? Quantos diretores e presidentes de grandes empresas têm noção do verdadeiro valor dos seus recursos humanos?

A maioria das organizações item a sua estratégia focada no crescimento e na expansão do seu negócio, enquanto o esforço e empenho dos seus recursos humanos ficam reduzidos a um valor intangível e de difícil quantificação.

Já todos nos questionámos por que existem organizações de que todos gostamos e outras de que gostamos menos. A resposta pode parecer óbvia, mas muitas organizações não conseguem reconhecer este facto – a diferença está nas pessoas.

O capital humano é talvez o ativo mais importante nas organizações, mas é também o menos visível. É um bem intangível, não consta nos balanços, é difícil perceber o seu impacto real na performance da organização.

A experiência que temos no mercado diz-nos que é exatamente este ativo que marca a diferença entre os bons resultados e o sucesso pleno de uma organização, se quisermos, o que faz de uma empresa “boa” ou “má”. Conseguimos explicar porquê? Sim. Está comprovado por diversos estudos que as empresas são bem-sucedidas quando têm pessoas motivadas, empenhadas e apaixonadas pelo que fazem.

Vejamos os diversos rankings publicados frequentemente sobre as empresas em Portugal. A maioria das empresas que ocupa os lugares de topo tem não só uma posição dominante no mercado, como também colaboradores altamente satisfeitos com as suas condições de trabalho e ambiente interno. Fica aqui a nota: as empresas que têm melhores resultados não são aquelas em que os colaboradores trabalham horas a fio, não são aquelas que monitorizam o seu trabalho com procedimentos e avaliações rigorosas. As empresas com melhores resultados são empresas que transmitem claramente a sua missão e valores, e em que cada colaborador defende e trabalha para um resultado global – faz parte de uma equipa de pessoas apaixonadas.

Os colaboradores têm a necessidade de sentir que contribuem para uma cultura empresarial forte, que o seu trabalho e empenho contribuem diretamente para os resultados da empresa. Por isso, o desafio das organizações é desenvolver pessoas apaixonadas e motivadas para garantir desempenhos excelentes.

2013-07-31 10:07
Luís Ferreira, Público

Empresas terão alívio fiscal em 2014 com IRC abaixo de 30%

IRC caminha para maior simplificação e menor taxa. Alívio da carga fiscal das empresas chega já em 2014.

As empresas vão ter no próximo ano uma taxa de IRC de 29,5%. Este é o patamar que consta nos três cenários de redução do imposto que a Comissão de Reforma do IRC propôs ao Executivo. Em cada um destes cenários, em 2018 a taxa de imposto fixa-se em 19%, 18% e 17%. A mudança no esquema de actuação da taxa nominal e das derramas é uma das formas que vai ser usada para baixar o imposto que incide sobre o lucro das empresas. Esta é uma das medidas da reforma do IRC que será hoje apresentada no Ministério das Finanças.

Actualmente, à taxa legal de 25% somam-se as derramas estadual (3% a 5%) e municipal (até 1,5%), o que eleva a taxa nominal para 31,5%. O Económico sabe que a proposta da Comissão de Reforma, liderada por António Lobo Xavier, vai no sentido de uma redução da taxa de IRC através de cortes progressivos na taxa geral de 25% e das derramas, sendo que a derrama estadual apenas será abolida em 2018 para as grandes empresas. Mais: a comissão pretende que as vantagens decorrentes da descida do imposto não passe para as pessoas singulares, pela via da distribuição de dividendos, pelo que se proporá, em simultâneo, uma subida na tributação dos dividendos que acompanhe o movimento descendente da taxa geral de IRC.

A proposta dá seguimento ao mandato do secretário de Estado dos Assuntos Fis­cais (SEAF), Paulo Núncio, que conferiu à Comissão de Reforma propor uma redu­ção progressiva das taxas num prazo defi­nido – que será de cinco anos – de forma a transformar o novo IRC num imposto “fortemente competitivo a nível euro­peu”. Entre outras medidas consta a re­dução gradual da taxa nominal de IRC de 31,5% para 19% até 2018, ao nível da Po­lónia e República Checa que concorrem com o nosso país na captação de investimento, e abrange todas as empresas com sede ou actividade em Portugal. O corte para 19% terá um custo da ordem dos 108 milhões de euros, compensado com o au­mento da base de tributação e o aumento da receita por via da dinamização do in­vestimento.

O alívio da carga fiscal das empresas resulta de análises comparativas a nível internacional, onde Portugal se posicio­na acima da média europeia da taxa de IRC (23,5%). Em cima da mesa está ain­da um regime simplificado de tributação para as micro e pequenas empresas, que são a maioria do tecido empresarial na­cional. Este regime será opcional e as empresas que quiserem ser abrangidas terão de cumprir as obrigações legais de facturação.

A comissão de reforma do IRC pro­põe também uma revisão profunda das obrigações acessórias impostas às em­presas: poderão ser substituídas por co­municação oficiosa das entidades pú­blicas ou cruzamento de dados. O ob­jectivo é o de reduzir os custos de con­texto das empresas. A simplificação das obrigações declarativas e acessórias constitui um ponto importante no âm­bito da reforma em curso do IRC. O re­latório sugere ainda uma redução da burocracia associada, por exemplo, ao regime especial de tributação de grupos de sociedades (RETGS) e aos preços de transferência.

Reporte de prejuízos em 15 anos

Lobo Xavier quer aumentar o prazo de cinco para os 15 anos do reporte de prejuí­zos fiscais, uma vez que o regime é dos mais restritivos da Europa: na Holanda é de nove anos e em Espanha de 18 anos para empresas que facturam entre 20 mi­lhões e 60 milhões de euros, limitado a 50% do lucro tributável, e acima de 60 milhões fica limitado a 25%.

Actualmente, este regime permite, em Portugal, que as empresas abatam os pre­juízos fiscais de um exercício na colecta dos cinco anos seguintes, mas até um má­ximo de 75% do lucro tributável. Isto é, têm sempre de pagar pelo menos 25% do imposto. A Comissão não deverá mexer no limite dos 75%.

Depois da apresentação do anteprojec­to da reforma do IRC, até 31 de Agosto de 2013 decorrerá o período para consulta pública, durante o qual poderão ser apre­sentados contributos pelas entidades in­teressadas. O Económico sabe que a reestruturação “profunda e “abrangente” do sistema de tributação das empresas deve­rá constar em lei autónoma que será discutida em simultâneo como OE/2014.

013-07-26 09
Lígia Simões, Diário Económico

 

Finnish company created a pocket-sized osteoporosis diagnoser

BoneindexThe light-weight instrument makes it possible to perform rapid diagnoses while visiting the patient at home.

Bone Index, a startup company based in Kuopio, eastern Finland, has developed the world’s first pocket-sized osteoporosis diagnoser. The instrument has now been approved for sale in Europe.The company is currently looking for a partner with an existing distribution network for its international operations

According to Bone Index, there are currently an estimated 200 million people suffering from osteoporosis, only 25 per cent of whom receive a diagnosis for the condition.

One of the related problems is the lack of access to diagnostics as the examinations are most often conducted in large hospitals, using x-ray equipment that requires a great deal of space. No wonder the company calls its Bindex diagnoser, weighing only 150 grams – roughly 5 ozs or 0.3 lbs – a revolutionary innovation.

— The revolutionary Bindex technology is new and unique in the whole world. The instrument is light in weight, easily portable and has been proven to open up new and cost-efficient approaches for the diagnosis and screening of osteoporosis. The examination can even be carried out by a nurse at the patient’s home, says Ossi Riekkinen, CEO.

The instrument utilises ultrasound technology and offers potential savings in health care.

— The measuring technology has been validated in Finland, and a cost-effectiveness study was made on the basis of the data. The results show that introducing the Bindex technology into today’s osteoporosis treatment chain would have significant cost effects.

The first Finnish clinics will receive their Bindex instruments in August. Bone Index will also start up its operations in the USA in August by initiating the comparative studies required for sales clearance. The European clearance procedure, i.e. CE approval, is not sufficient in the USA.

Bone Index Finland Ltd. was established in 2011 and focuses on the development of measurement instruments for the diagnosis and screening of osteoporosis. .

www.boneindex.fi
Good News from Tue, 23 July, 2013 EH

Economia na zona euro renasceu das cinzas. Será este o fim da recessão?

Indicadores mostram que a actividade industrial e manufactureira nos 17 países da moeda única entrou finalmente em zona de expansão

Pela primeira vez em dois anos, a indústria manufactureira na zona euro entrou ontem em zona de expansão, prevendo a tão desejada saída da recessão que tem vindo a dominar os países da moeda úni­ca desde 2008.

Tanto o índice dos serviços como o refe­rente à indústria manufactureira sofre­ram um aumento significativo, passan­do dos 48,3 e 48,8 registados no mês de Junho (respectivamente) para 49,6 e 50,1. O índice compósito (composto pelos dos serviços e da indústria manufactureira) atinge assim os 50,4, excedendo os 49,1 previstos o mês passado por um conjun­to de 39 analistas da Bloomberg.

ÍNDICE PMl O índice de gestores de com­pras (Purchasing Managers’ Indexes – PMI) é baseado numa sondagem elabo­rada pela Markit, uma agência econó­mica sedeada em Londres, que analisa milhares de empresas dos 17 países da moeda única com o objectivo de sondar o seu crescimento.

O PMI é tido como um indicador fiável de crescimento económico e os pontos a que o índice se refere são equivalentes a pontos percentuais, uma vez que é cal­culado através da percentagem de res­postas positivas e negativas das várias empresas.

Como uma leitura do índice acima dos 50 pontos marca a fronteira entre a recessão e o crescimento, é pon­to assente que a economia está fora da recessão. Resta saber se os indicadores se mantêm positivos nos próximos meses.

Crescimento “Hoje a surpreendente subida dos indicadores PMI suporta cla­ramente a noção de que a economia da zona euro está a deixar a recessão para trás”, explica Martin Van Vliet, economis­ta do Banco ING de Amesterdão, que con­sidera “o estímulo monetário do Banco Central Europeu (BCE), a retoma da eco­nomia mundial mais cedo que o espera­do e um abrandamento da austeridade fiscal” as principais causas do fim da con­tracção económica europeia.

A economia da zona euro estava em contracção há seis trimestres, antes de estagnar no início do mês passado. Ago­ra, segundo os analistas da Bloomberg, espera-se que a tendência de crescimen­to continue e acabe por conduzir a uma diminuição da taxa de desemprego no final do ano.

Em Maio deste ano, a produ­ção industrial da zona euro registou uma queda de 0,3% devido a quedas das duas maiores economias, a Alemanha e a Fran­ça. Agora são as mesmas potências as causadores de uma inversão na tendên­cia, com a Alemanha a entrar em território de expansão pela primeira vez desde Fevereiro e o índice manufactureiro francês a passar dos 48,4 para os 49,8.

O BCE já tinha previsto um crescimento gradual quando, numa declaração o mês passado, Mário Draghi defendeu que um crescimento nas exportações da zona euro “beneficiaria de uma recupe­ração gradual da procura global”.

Para Portugal, o presidente da Comissão Europeia, Durão Barroso, mostrou-se ontem “convencido de que o país deve­rá regressar ao mercado em 2014”, num cenário “sem acidentes políticos”. Como novo ministro da Economia, caberá a António Pires de Lima a tarefa de acom­panhar os “sinais positivos” que o levam a acreditar que o próximo trimestre será “o primeiro, após 10 trimestres de recuo”, a revelar um regresso ao crescimento.

2013-07-25 09:31
Duarte Garrido, logo_i

Almoço-Debate com Rui Moreira,”Porto o nosso partido”

Rui MoreiraA Câmara de Comércio Portugal-Holanda tem o prazer de vos convidar para um almoço debate da iniciativa da Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Luso-Alemã, em colaboração com a Câmara do Comércio Luso- Belga-Luxemburguesa, Luso-Britanica, Luso-Chinesa, Luso-Finlandesa e Luso-Francesa , que terá lugar no próximo dia  10 de Setembro pelas 12H00  no Hotel InterContinental Porto, Praça da Liberdade, 25 – Porto 

No qual temos a honra de receber Rui Moreira – Candidato à Câmara Municipal do Porto.

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Finland Looks to the Future of Bioenergy

NesteSupported by abundant forest resources, Finnish bioenergy companies don’t have to look far for feedstock. But in a move to define its low-carbon future, the nation’s energy companies are undertaking ambitious research programs to develop future biofuels.

Finland is, above all, a land of abundant, and growing, forests. “We produce 100 cubic meters of wood per year, while 50 cubic meters per year is harvested. We have more forest than we can use,” said Jukka Leskelä, director of power generation for trade body Energiateollisuus, or Finnish Energy Industries. So it’s no surprise that, given an almost complete lack of indigenous fossil fuel resources, high per-capita energy consumption, and a long-running forest management program already in place, Finland is investing in biomass and biofuels in a big way as it looks to define its future energy mix.

The nation’s once-powerful forest industry has fallen on hard times, noted Leskelä. Although Finland has traditionally supported a thriving paper and pulp industry, demand for paper products has dropped, leading to factory closures. This is good news for the bioenergy sector; wood that was already slated for harvesting is now available for other uses.

The nation offers impressive support for bioenergy: a grant for 30 percent of investment in anaerobic digestion plants and 28 percent for compressors, an electricity tariff (which varies based on market price) plus €0.50/MWh if the project reuses the heat it generates. There is also a government target to replace 10 percent of the country’s natural gas with biogas by 2025.

Leskelä admits that “renewable” in Finland means bioenergy, and indeed wood-based biomass underpins over 75 percent of the nation’s planned activities to meet its 2020 climate targets. But Finland is also a high-tech economy and, in addition to an impressive 9 GW of planned wind capacity by 2020 (albeit no solar and no policy support for it), there is a good deal of research into biofuels and other new biomass-based energy solutions, much of it undertaken by fossil fuel companies looking to cash in on Finland’s dual need to gain energy independence and meet European climate targets.

Biogas

For example, Finnish natural gas supplier Gasum, which controls the national market and owns the gas pipelines in southern Finland, is working on a number of renewable solutions including waste-based fuel from anaerobic digestion, new energy crops, “bio-SNG” (wood-based synthetic biogas created through gasification), and liquefied biogas (LBG) produced in one of the company’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants.

Gasum aims to become Finland’s leading biogas provider, said Pasi Torri, head of biogas and renewables. Currently the company’s biogas is used to fuel Helsinki city buses, airport buses and service trucks, and is available in 18 filling stations across Finland. (Finnish filling stations have been required to offer a biogas option since 2011.) Torri said 30 percent of customers at these filling stations choose biogas over both gasoline and the cheaper option, natural gas (also offered by Gasum), which is half the price of gasoline. Biogas is 7 percent more expensive than natural gas. Gasum calculates the CO2 savings of wood-based biogas at around 93 tonnes compared to gasoline.

The company’s waste-based fuels are made from wastewater sludge, bio-waste from households and restaurants, and some industrial waste. Torri said the processes that turn these raw materials into biofuel use about 10 percent less energy than fossil fuel processing plants, depending on the process.

Gasum also plans to experiment with growing energy crops in the Kuovola region. Torri said these crops will be planted in rotation by farmers who usually grow cereal crops. But in Finland, using forest industry residues as feedstock makes more economic sense than growing energy crops. For example, Gasum plans a 200-MW gasification plant in Joutseno for forest chips and bark. Torri explained that a forest industry company already owns the land, so the plant will work with its waste products. Gasum will invest €3-4 million in the plant, along with a €300 million grant from the EU.

Compared to buying heavily taxed natural gas from Russia, it is much cheaper to make this kind of investment in biogas, said Torri. Customers are willing to pay a premium price for green energy, he said, but he acknowledges that biogas initially will be more expensive because it’s new. Gasum has a cost advantage, however, because it already owns the pipelines through which it plans to send biogas across Finland to power households and industry.

Renewable Biodiesel

Neste Oil, another Finnish company with a focus on bionenergy, was originally a traditional oil refiner that branched out into LNG. In 2007, the company started looking at developing biofuels. In Q1 2013, Neste made its first profit from renewable fuels: in that period Neste said it made €26 million in revenue from its renewables alone. “There are better margins on the renewables side,” said Petri Lehmus, vice president of research and technology.

The central focus of Neste’s R&D platform is developing new feedstocks and refining existing ones, said Lehmus. Last autumn the company launched its ProDiesel, containing a minimum of 15 percent of what the company calls renewable diesel (to distinguish it from biodiesel).

Neste Oil’s research is focused on developing a flexible feedstock base from multiple sources. Credit: Tildy Bayar

Renewable diesel can be used as a drop-in fuel, Lehmus said, and is targeted at the aviation market, with a number of fuel solutions currently being tested by aviation partners. While Neste’s biodiesel is composed of vegetable oil that reacts with methanol to produce esters, renewable diesel removes the oxygen from vegetable oil to create aromatic-free diesel fuel. You can only mix up to 7 percent of traditional biodiesel with gasoline, said Lehmus, but Neste says it can mix unlimited amounts of renewable diesel because it is so pure.

“We are following feedstock issues very carefully in relation to different markets,” said Lehmus. Among the feedstocks Neste uses or is testing are familiar substances such as palm oil, jatropha oil, camelina and rapeseed oil, but also experimental feedstocks such as algae oil, bacteria oil, purified/rendered animal fat and waste fat from the fish processing industry. “We are buying most of the animal fat that’s available,” he continued.

Neste predicts that global annual demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel will grow to 41 million tonnes by 2020, and it is putting its R&D money behind that belief. So is Gasum, with its investment of €20.5 million in biogas production, new transmission networks and new vehicle filling stations. In Finland, supported by a forest industry providing ample feedstock for all, such optimism is easy. But Finnish companies are looking beyond the bountiful local present to the global future of bioenergy.

Tildy Bayar, Associate Editor, Renewable Energy World
Julho 22, 2013

VTT: New gasification method turns forest residues to biofuel with less than a euro per litre

biomasspellets2According to the new research results of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, lignocellulosic biomass can be used in the production of high-quality biofuels for the price of less than one euro per litre. A new technology developed in Finland allows the transfer of more than half the energy of wood raw materials to the end-product. The technology is considered ready for the construction of a commercial-scale production plant in Europe.

VTT has assessed the techno-economics of the production of renewable liquid transportation fuels from forest residues. The case studies focused on the production of four biofuels using a method based on pressurised fluidised-bed gasification. The fuels studied were methanol, dimethyl ether (DME), Fischer-Tropsch liquids and synthetic gasoline.

The results show that the production of renewable biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass, mainly bark and forestry residues, could achieve an energy efficiency of 50–67%, depending on the end-product and process conditions. Should the thermal energy produced as a by-product be exploited for district heat or industrial steam, for example, the overall efficiency from biomass to saleable energy products could reach 74–80%.

Based on the case studies, the research scientists estimated that once commercialised the technology can be used to produce liquid transportation fuel at the cost of 58–78 €/MWh. Converted into gasoline-equivalent price per litre, the estimated production cost would be 0.5–0.7 €/litre. The price of renewable solutions would thus be on a level with the current pre-tax price of fossil transportation fuels, and cheaper than existing imported biofuels.

Each case study design was based on a BTL plant with 300 MW capacity, the equivalent of a large district heating power plant. A biorefinery of this size could produce liquid transportation fuel for about 150 000 cars. The EU has set a target of 10% renewable energy content for the transportation sector by 2020. For Finland, the target is 20%.

After long-term development work, the technical functionality of the production process was verified through extensive testing at VTT test rigs as well as industrial piloting in Finland and in the US. The technology is now ready for its first commercial-scale demonstration. However, the first wave of these ground-breaking production plants requires significant public venture capital investment, for which planning has consequently been initiated at both Finnish and EU level.

According to the research results, the best efficiency and lowest production costs were achieved in the production of biomethanol. The risks related to the commercialisation of the synthesis technology were also estimated to be lower with the biomethanol production plant compared to the other options.

Methanol is an alcohol fuel that can be used in modern cars at maximum 3 vol-% content in combination with petrol or, as with ethanol, in high concentrations in FlexFuel cars designed for this purpose. Methanol can also be further converted to synthetic gasoline or used as renewable raw material in the manufacture of various chemicals and biomaterials.

The VTT publication can be found online here
25.06.2013

 

Finnish logistics know-how now accessible to all

Finland is known for its logistics expertise. Solid proof of this is its 3rd place position in the Logistics Performance Index 2012 survey, which measures the quality of the logistics environment and services in 155 countries from a customer perspective.

Approximately 90% of Finnish exports and around 70% of imports are carried out by sea. Finland has a dense network of ports, which operates reliably all year round. The country’s largest general port, HaminaKotka, also serves as an important transit hub for Russia. In air traffic, Helsinki has profiled itself as a hub between the US and Asia. Finland is located along a number of important transport corridors, such as the Nordic Triangle, the E-18 motorway, the Trans-Siberian railway, the Rail Baltica and the Barents link.

Single-window access to logistics information

Thanks to good transport connections, the logistics sector in Finland is a major employer with a large number of operators. Various authorities, organisations and businesses produce a wealth of logistics-related information. Challenges have arisen from the fact that it is difficult to gain an overall picture because the information is fragmented and difficult to get hold of. This situation was remedied with the launch of Finland’s logistics portal this spring. The portal contains, among other things, logistics information issued by national authorities, strategies, news, statistics, surveys and logistics service providers. Based on the one-window principle, it provides links to various sources and original information, thus ensuring that the information is up to date and reliable.

The initial comments from the users of the portal have been positive. “It’s great to have the logistics information in one place. We hope to see the information contents of the portal broaden over time and serve international customers, in particular,” says Elina Multanen, Executive Director of Straightway Finland. The maps and logistics news found on the front page have received a lot of praise. The news provide a good picture of what is happening in the Finnish logistics sector. Business people have been delighted by the comprehensive statistics and surveys and the possibility to read the page using tablets and smartphones.

Take a look: www.loginfo.fi/web/en
Loginfo
The portal was set up by the North European Logistics Institute with regional development funding granted by the Regional Council of Kymenlaakso.
Text: Teija Suoknuuti
Further information:
Teija Suoknuuti, Project Manager, Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences/North European Logistics Institute, teija.suoknuuti@kyamk.fi, tel. +358 44 702 8517.

Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Portugal Turquia dinamiza expansão de empresas para a Turquia

turquia5A CCIPT estabeleceu uma parceria com a Embaixada turca e o Montepio para dar a conhecer este mercado às empresas portuguesas que querem exportar para ele ou nele investir. Os pedidos de informação estão a aumentar, chegando à Câmara, em média, quatro a cinco solicitações todas as semanas, adiantou ao OJE o presidente da instituição, Rui Couto.

Data: 2013-07-12 10:06
Fonte: Almerinda Romeira, Oje

Flow has the power to attract

Flow FestivalFlow Festival/ Jussi Hellsten Celebrating music and city-culture, Flow Festival will take place 7-11 August 2013 in Suvilahti, former power plant area in Helsinki.

Flow what?

Flow is both a state of mind and a physical state, where emotion flows collectively through music as part of a bigger entity.

Now in its tenth year, Flow music and city-culture festival – which takes place in August – is always organised in high spirits and features the freshest acts. As well as music, the four-day Helsinki-fest also offers visual arts, cinema, design and food culture.

Having been firmly established in the Finnish festival calendar, Flow Festival has grown ten times in size over its ten-year history. As with last year, some 60,000 revellers are expected to be in attendance in Suvilahti, Helsinki.

— Flow has evolved naturally according to demand. This year we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary in keeping with the founding principles of the festival, but we’re also constantly bringing in new elements, explains press officer Susanna Hulkkonen.

— Since the very beginning, the festival’s founders have wanted to put on the kind of event that they themselves would want to attend. This spirit is still very much alive.

City festival breaking the mold

With its former industrial power station surroundings, the Helsinki district of Suvilahti provides an interesting setting for a complete festival experience. Even just this urban venue sets Flow apart from many of the traditional “field festivals”.

The list of performers shows a contemporary selection of Finnish and international acts from indie rock to soul to jazz and from world music to the freshest dance tunes. Flow wants to break the traditional festival mold and offer up music and much more besides.

— At Flow, we also highlight the importance of areas such as food culture. On-site we’ll have more than 20 real restaurants, offering delicious foods from all around the world, from local, organic dishes to Asian fusion cuisine.

There are more than a hundred music acts alone. Internationally, the best-known acts include Alicia Keys, The Knife, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and the Kraftwerk 3D Show. In terms of internationally-acclaimed home-grown Finnish talent, there will be sets from Black Lizard, K-X-P and Husky Rescue.

Emphasis on environment and volunteer spirit

Hulkkonen says that Flow has gained a great reputation internationally. Around half of the accredited media representatives at this year’s festival will travel from around the world, with the majority of media interest coming from Russia, the UK, Germany and Estonia.

— It’s always fun to read foreign articles where they’re amazed at how a festival of this class can be organised in Finland.

Festival-goers are encouraged to travel to the venue by bike, on foot or on public transport instead of their own cars. (Photo: Flow Festival/ Jussi Hellsten)

Any modern festival has to be environmentally sustainable. Electricity is produced as much as possible using wind power, the organisers are very conscious of the festival’s carbon footprint and equipment made from recycled and durable materials is preferred. There will be no parking spaces for cars, meaning that festival-goers will have to come to the venue on foot, by bike or on public transport.

— We will have around 700 volunteers. We had more applicants than ever before and we weren’t even able to offer everyone a job. For many, Flow represents the high-point and gentle descent into the darkness of autumn, concludes Hulkkonen.

www.flowfestival.com/en