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After surpassing Nokia in smartphone sales on its home turf, Samsung is set to make yet another bold move in Finland. As shown by an older job posting and later confirmed by a company representative, Samsung aims to open a new Research and Development center in middle-June, in Finland.

Located in the southern part of Finland, right near Helsinki, Espoo is most likely to be the location of the new R&D institute, which will open its doors on June 13th, as reported by Engadget. While the official name is yet to be confirmed, Samsung’s job posting hunts for a talented Director to conduct and manage business in the new Samsung Electronics Research Institute, otherwise known as SERI.

Supposedly, the leading Android manufacturer is looking to create a place where software engineering in telecommunications as well as research in audio-visual, will excel. Finland may be the ideal place to do this, especially after Samsung signed a partnership with the country’s VTT Technical Research Center to explore energy optimization solutions.

Finland, the home country of Nokia, is well known for highly-skilled workers in the telecommunications domain. After Nokia lost its ground to Apple and Samsung, the Nordic country also attracted Huawei, which hopes to open an R&D center of its own in the upcoming period.

With so many worthy companies present in the region, is hard to say how Nokia will manage to prevent its most talented people from migrating to more successful adversaries.

Alex Serban
Alex holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications and has been covering technology as a writer since 2009. Customization it’s his middle name and he doesn't like to own stock model gadgets. When he’s away from the keyboard, simpler things like hiking, mountain climbing and having a cold drink make his day.
  • Santeri Liukkonen

    Amazing, Helsinki-area is starting to slowly turn into better known tech, software and research hub. It’s a joy to live here when you that there are some big global players around! Welcome!

    • MasterMuffin

      Lisää työpaikkoja ja mainetta, kyllä kiitos! Sorry for not writing the whole comment in English, people :)

  • brad

    Elop had to act fast, or he’ll risk missing more employee in coming months.. :D

  • PCH

    “the Scandinavian country”

    Finland is not a Scandinavian country, it’s a Nordic country. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, those “viking” countries are the proper scandinavian countries. Yes, on paper Finland’s second official language is swedish, but I personally feel as close to swedes as I feel toward russians: NOT much. Finns came here originally from Hungary, not from Russia or Sweden.
    By the way, Sweden, Norway or Denmark would have been as good, and probably even cheaper alternatives for Samsung.

    And regarding that invasion thing: If Soviet Union couldn’t do it, I doubt a tech company could do it either…

    • Santeri Liukkonen

      There is a reason why Samsung builds a new research center in Finland, even tho’ it might just be a lot cheaper in some other nordic country. As of Samsung invading anything, that is just a headline to attract readers and don’t take it that seriously haha..

    • juppee

      “the original home of Finns” was in west-central Siberia. But later, it was considered more credible that an ancient homeland of all Finno-Ugric speaking peoples situated in a region between the Volga and Kama rivers in the European part of Russia. Grouping Altaic with Finnic (“Turanian”) was popular in the 19th century, and much serious research was made by Finnish researchers in an attempt to link Finns with Altaic-speaking peoples such as Mongolians.
      As early as the 1960s and ’70s, Finnish researchers made the significant discovery that one quarter of the Finns’ genetic stock is Siberian, and three quarters is European in origin.
      . The Finns speak a Uralic language, as do the Samis, Estonians, the Mari, Ostyaks, Samoyeds and various other ethnic groups. Excluding the Hungarians, Uralic languages are spoken exclusively by peoples inhabiting the forest and tundra belt extending from Scandinavia to west Siberia. All the Uralic languages originate from a common proto-language, but down the centuries, they have branched off into separate offshoots. The precise origins and geographical range of Progo-Uralic nevertheless remains a point of academic contention.

      The latest research on mitochondrial genotype seems to strengthen the view that the Finns are genetically mostly Indoeuropean population. Genetics in general present the view that the original Finnish people have been the dominant population in Finland through the centuries although there has been a significant mixture from migration in various times. Therefore the Finns are related to the Balts, Germanic people and Balticfinns. Thus the genes of the Finnish people are mainly of western origin as well as those of the other nations which were proceeding northwards at the end of the recent glacial period. The language has come from the east and belongs to the Uralic family although it contains many loanwords from Indoeuropean languages such as Baltic, Germanic and Russian.