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When Fredrik Idestam established a wood-pulp mill on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids in the southwestern Finnish town of Tampere, it's doubtful that he knew his company would become associated with Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea's song "Gran Vals" (or rather the section approximately 18 seconds into this midi rendition). Nokia iteself derives its name from the Nokianvirta river, which ran through the town in which Idestam's original wood-pulp mill had been relocated to.  The word Nokia itself is an older term used for a type of ferret.

Nokia rubber works took on the Nokia brand, and in 1967 merged with another company to form a multi-interest business venture with hands in all different kinds of manufacturing.  This was the year that Nokia began manufacture of telecommunications equipment...

...Now Nokia is a multi-national conglomerate, and a major source of revenue for Finland.  It also is producer of the N-Gage game platform and cell-phone, which began the phenomenon known only as " side-talkin' ."

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