The Finnish company Jolla Ltd is announcing its first smartphone product this year using the mobile Linux operating system which is based on Mer and Nokia’s former MeeGo project. Jolla’s CEO Jussi Hurmola used to work for Nokia but decided to establish his own company when Nokia abandoned its MeeGo operating system and started laying of staff in a major restructuring process.
According to Hurmola, Jolla currently has about 50 employees but is hiring aggressively and will have about 100 employees by the end of this year, with more than half coming from Nokia’s MeeGo organization. This summer Jolla has been hiring designers, graphical UI designers, system developers, and application developers.
The high ambition and rapid growth of Jolla is a demonstration of how Finland offers an excellent environment for growing a business thanks to the availability of top level ICT expertise. According to the World Competitiveness Report 2010-2011 compiled by the World Economic Forum, Finland is one the world's top countries in innovation. In the report, Finland is ranked the world's number one in terms of higher education and the availability of scientists and engineers, and it leads the other Nordic countries in patenting.
Finland’s cutting-edge expertise is not limited to ICT, software and electronics. According to Tekes – The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, other areas of world class expertise include the forestry and chemical and metal industries, new materials, environmental technology, biotechnology and diagnostics, functional foods, and knowledge-intensive services.