Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship

Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship

Last week in August
The Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship takes place during the last week of August in Savonlinna, Finland. The light-hearted event offers several categories for men, women, and teams: original, which is based only on the distance of throw and requires a traditional "over the shoulder" toss; freestyle, with no age limits, based on the distance of the throw, style, aesthetics, and creative choreography; and juniors, which requires an "over the shoulder" throw, but is limited to children 12 years old and under. Contest organizers provide contestants with mobile phones to throw in the World Championship. They include a variety of brands and models, and all are fitted with batteries. First-place winners get a new mobile phone.
The competition was created in part to highlight Finland's vital role in developing mobile-phone technology. Direct-dial car phones were introduced in Finland in 1971, and as early as 1981, Finland and its Nordic neighbors Sweden, Norway, and Denmark had access to a public mobile telephone network. Since the inaugural Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship in 2000, several European countries—including Norway, Switzerland, and Germany—have introduced their own national championships.
CONTACTS:
Savonlinna Congress & Festivals
Linnankatu 9
Savonlinna 57130 Finland
www.savonlinnafestivals.com/en_index