The Helsinki Stock Exchange on Friday has started on a brisk rise. Profit announcer Nokia led the rise at the top of the list, followed by Fortum.

Elsewhere in Europe, stock prices also rose. The broad European Stoxx 600 index had advanced 0.6 percent in the morning.

In Finland, the OMXH general index had risen 2.2 per cent to 9,595.94 points at 11.10. OMXH25, the most traded stock, had risen 1.8 percent.

A total of EUR 128 million had been traded, of which the most traded network equipment manufacturer Nokia shares were EUR 63 million.

Nokia's share had jumped 14.8 percent to EUR 4.14. The company's result clearly beat analysts' forecasts, even though net sales were lower than expected. At the same time, Nokia raised its outlook for the whole year.

In New York, Nokia's closing price yesterday was $ 4.45, or about $ 3.77.

The share of the energy company Fortum had progressed by 4.2 percent. The company said today that it is considering selling its stake in the Swedish district heating company Stockholm Exerg.

The share of the education company Soprano had packed 12.5 percent. The company today canceled its performance management and attributed the canceled project in Asia and the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus situation.

Of the machine shops, Metso Outotec had risen 3.1 percent and Wärtsilä 0.3 percent.

Yesterday, the share of the weakened insurance group Sampo had started to rise and the company's A share had risen by 1.5 per cent. The day before yesterday, Sampo said it was considering buying the British insurance company Hastings.

Nordea Bank's share had risen 0.8 percent. The company said today that it has appointed Ulrika Romantschuk as its Chief Communications and Marketing Officer and a member of the Management Team.