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Samsung sales have been exploding worldwide, but the latest news out of Finland is remarkable to say the least.  The South Korea-based Samsung Electronics has officially outsold Nokia in their home turf during the first quarter of 2013, which is the first for any electronics maker.  Now Samsung says they will be opening up a new research and development center in Finland that will focus on advanced technologies.

The research firm IDC says that Samsung was able to grab 36% of the market in Finland for both feature phones and smartphones in the first quarter of 2013.  By comparison, Nokia only took 33% of the market, proving how well Android has caught on worldwide.

The website Android Beat recently published an invitation from Samsung announcing the new Samsung R/D center will be opened on June 13, 2013.  This will be the first time Samsung has attempted to open up shop in the Nordic European nation.

Currently Samsung is the reigning champion of sales due to the popularity of the Android OS, which was created and owned by Google.  In 2012 alone, Android represented 43% of smartphone profits.  More impressively, Strategy Analytics says that Samsung accounted for 95% of all Android revenue.

From the late 1990’s to 2012, Nokia, which is headquartered in Espoo, Finland, was the leader in smartphone production. The company has suffered a decline in sales since the advent of touchcreen devices such as the Apple iPhone and Android-based mobile devices, but is trying to make a comeback by partnering with Microsoft and adding their Windows Phone OS into their smartphone line.