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Fredrik Idestam

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Fredrik Idestam

Knut Fredrik Idestam (28 October 1838, Tyrväntö, Grand Duchy of Finland – 8 April 1916, Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland) was a Finnish mining engineer and businessman, best known as a founder of Nokia.

In May 1865, Idestam obtained a permit to construct a groundwood paper mill at Tampere, Finland. The mill began operations in 1866. In 1871, Idestam and Leo Mechelin founded Nokia Ltd.[1] and moved the company's operations to the city of Nokia, Finland.

He was buried in the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki.[2]


  1. ^ Steinbock, Dan (2003). Wireless Horizon: Strategy and Competition in the Worldwide Mobile Marketplace. AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn. p. 271. ISBN 9780814407141. leo mechelin and nokia.
  2. ^ "Hietaniemen hautausmaa – merkittäviä vainajia" (PDF). Helsingin seurakuntayhtymä. Retrieved 27 August 2016.

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