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Music Export Finland 'Imports' Finnish Honor

HELSINKI, Finland (VIP NEWS) — The President of the Republic of Finland, Tarja Halonen, has given the 2010 internationalization award to Music Export Finland.

The aim of the internationalization award is to promote companies’ operations in the international arena, as well as their ability to develop and implement new operational models.

Music Export Finland is the first organization to win the award that operates in an industry, where revenues are primarily derived from the sales of immaterial goods – in this case the music copyrights, as well as a whole range of other music-related services and products.

"We accept this award with humility and gratitude. It is not only an acknowledgement to Finnish music and the work Music Export Finland has done to increase the exports of Finnish music, but also to copyright and the Finnish music industry professionals”, says Paulina Ahokas , Executive Director of Music Export Finland.

“Lately, Finland has had breakthroughs in many music genres and there is an increasing number of internationally successful Finnish artists and producers who generate noteworthy income and are significant employers.

The fastest increasing export revenue streams come from publishing and new music services, including digital platforms. Finnish songwriters have scored major hits in virtually all territories, while innovative solution and service companies are gaining international foothold”, Ahokas describes the range of Finnish music exports.

The 2010 internationalization awards were presented today in Helsinki.

The other two winners are Golla, a manufacturer of bags for mobile devices and The Switch, a supplier of permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages for wind and solar energy. “One of the purposes of the Internationalization Award of the President of the Republic is to highlight concepts and business models as an example to other Finnish companies in the process of internationalization.

This year, all the award winners represent a high level of specialized expertise and since their incorporation, the companies have focused on the international markets with the aim of achieving success in them”, says Finpro’s President and CEO, Kari Häyrinen.

The Internationalization Award of the President of the Republic of Finland was established in 1967. The award has previously been granted to Nokia, Kone, Suunto and Marimekko, among others.