Finnish drinks firm Hartwall and parent company Heineken are to expand Finland's native Lapin Kulta beer across Scandinavia.

A Heineken spokesperson confirmed to just-drinks this afternoon (16 March) that Lapin Kulta is to be distributed more widely across the region.

Lapin Kulta, meaning "Lapland gold' and which takes its name from the gold rush in Finland during the late 19th Century, saw exports rise by 24% in 2008, the Heineken spokesperson said.

Hartwall became part of Heineken last year, after the Dutch brewer joined forces with Carlsberg to buy and carve up UK brewer Scottish & Newcastle.