Nokia Gives to Tsunami Relief

Nokia sends humanitarian aid to tsunami relief work

January 21, 2005

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ESPOO, Finland -- Further to Nokia's immediate initial response in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami disaster, the company has developed a longer-term recovery proposal for affected areas in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand, with its EUR 2.5 million education fund.

Funds will be distributed among the four countries over a five-year period and will support educational initiatives such as the reconstruction of schools and provision of educational equipment, books, supplies, scholarships and teacher training.

Jorma Ollila, Nokia Chairman and CEO said: "During the first crucial days, we channeled our relief efforts into direct cash contributions, product and service donations and extensive employee volunteering. However, with the early-phase response now largely underway, we wanted to set out plans for a more sustainable assistance program in helping people rebuild their lives.

"Education has long been core to Nokia's values and community involvement work. With schools destroyed, teachers lost and children orphaned in the South & South East Asia coastal regions, the fund will support a range of educational needs in these areas."

The Nokia Education Fund is managed by the International Youth Foundation (IYF), a global, non-governmental organization operating in more than 60 countries. As extensive rebuilding and revitalising work begins in the affected communities, IYF and Nokia will work on a country-by-country basis with local governments, NGO's and international aid agencies to decide on the most appropriate and effective implementation for each area. The company is also inviting its customers and partners to join this effort.

Including the new fund allocation, the total value of Nokia's overall money and in-kind contribution is so far estimated to be in excess of EUR 3 million.

Nokia Corp.

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