Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nokia Foundation Awards the Founders of Habbo Virtual World

Congrats Aapo and Sampo!

HELSINKI, November 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nokia Foundation (NYSE:NOK) has granted its 2008 award to Aapo Kyrola and Sampo Karjalainen, thefounders of Sulake Corporation Inc., which is best known for its Habbovirtual world and online community.

The EUR 10 000 award was presented at the foundation's scholarship awards ceremony on November 18, 2008, an event at which the foundation also celebrated its 14th anniversary. "Aapo Kyrola and Sampo Karjalainen have been chosen for this award because of their contributions to collaborative media and social networking.The Habbo virtual world is loved by teenagers all over the world as an easy way to meet new people and keep in touch with friends. The design of the virtual characters is unique, and the constantly evolving features of the collaborative game have driven innovation in an area where competition is tough," said Henry Tirri, Head of Nokia Research Center. Since Sulake was founded in May 2000, over 100 million users have registered with the Habbo service. The Habbo virtual world and online community attracts close to 10 million unique visitors each month. Sulake has offices in 18 countries across five continents and employs over 300 people.

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