The Rise and Fall of Nokia Mobile

The Rise and Fall of Nokia Mobile


Quite often in this Finnish documentary, you notice that the interviewees’ eyes are misting over, moistening slightly as they think back fondly on their time working for mobile phone giant Nokia – before it all went wrong.

It was, by all accounts, a wonderful place to work in the 1980s and 90s, as Nokia went from being a little-known Finnish rubber goods firm to a world-conquering mobile phone giant. “It still warms my heart,” says one former employee. “It didn’t feel like working, I was part of something great,” says another. “If we had a problem, we went into the sauna,” recalls a manager.

The film works as a slice of social history, reminding us of the devices, the TV ads, the ringtones, the games (remember Snake on your LCD screen?), but it’s also a sobering business tale of how quickly the rot can set in, and before you know it, you’re being bought by Microsoft.


How the Finnish mobile phone company's global domination was created and then eroded, told by those that lived and worked through the rollercoaster years at Nokia.