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Thursday's papers: Supercell's super growth, speeding tickets record, Finland's next athletic hero

Thursday's newspaper review includes widespread coverage of Finnish gaming giant Supercell's enormous profits announcement. Roadside speeding cameras nab record number of speeders. It looks like Finland has another athletic hero to adore - wrestler Petra Olli.

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Virtually all of the nation's newspapers on Thursday featured stories about mobile gaming company Supercell's massive 2015 profits report.

On Wednesday Supercell announced they earned 848 million euros in pre-tax profits on a turnover of 2.1 billion euros in 2015. The company entered the mobile gaming market just five years ago and is now one of the world's biggest players in the field.

Helsingin Sanomat called the small-staffed, young company's growth "ferocious." While the paper noted the company's growth wasn't as dramatic as it was the previous year, HS compared the growth to the internet economy's biggest players.

The paper reported that starting as early as Supercell's second year in the mobile gaming biz in 2012, it outpaced none other than Google, Facebook and Twitter's gains during their first years in business.

In Facebook's fourth year, the social media company made some 204 million euros in 2008, while last year – also Supercell's fourth year in the business – the company had a turnover of 1.4 billion euros.

According to Kauppalehti, Supercell was more profitable than telecoms giant Nokia, lift and escalator kings Kone, the forestry corporation UPM and paper product firm Stora Enso, all of which employ tens of thousands of people in countries around the world.

As of the end of 2015, Supercell had a total of some 176 employees on its payroll.

Supercell develops and markets games for Apple and Android smartphones and has released record-downloaded games such as Clash of Clans, Hay Day and Boom Beach.

"It's just a boggling amount"

Finnish police released figures on how many drivers were caught speeding via automatic speeding cameras.

During a single 24 hour period between Tuesday and Wednesday this week, a particular camera on the Ring 1 highway in Leppävaara, Espoo caught a whopping 981 drivers going down the road above the speed limit.

Helsinki Traffic Police Inspector Dennis Pasterstein told Helsingin Sanomat that previously, roadside camera surveillance had caught nearly 500 speeders in a day's time, in another part of Espoo, but that the new number caught was unprecedented.

"It's just a boggling amount," Pasterstein said.

Every 24 hours, some 28,000 cars drive past where the record-breaking camera is located, by the Mestari Bridge on the Ring 1 road, he told the paper.

Remember her name, you'll be hearing it this summer

Finland's sports enthusiasts appear quite excited about women's wrestler Petra Olli.

After her 8-2 victory in a match at the European Wrestling Championships in Riga on Wednesday, newspapers like Hufvudstadsbladet and Ilta-Sanomat say Olli continues to strengthen her grip as one of Finland's biggest gold medal hopefuls at the coming Summer Olympic Games in Rio this year.

On Wednesday Olli beat last years' world champ Oksana Herhel in a higher-than-usual weight class of 60 kilogrammes.

OIli, who's 21 years old, led the match 2-0 during the first half, but the second half saw her "wrestling even more strongly," creating a "hopeless" situation for her Ukrainian opponent.

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