Fidelity International Limited's Holding in Metso decreased to 3.98 percent

Helsinki, FINLAND


HELSINKI, Finland, March 31, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Metso Corporation has been informed about an decrease in the holding of the Fidelity International Limited and its subsidiaries of the paid up share capital of Metso Corporation. On March 29, 2006, Fidelity International Limited and its subsidiaries owned a total of 5,631,182 Metso shares, which corresponds to 3.98 percent of the paid up share capital and voting rights of Metso Corporation. On the basis of the previous announcement, their holding was 5.11 percent on March 20, 2006.

According to the announcement of Fidelity International Limited, their holdings on March 29, 2006 were as follows:


 FUND NAME                                    SHARES

 FIJ IT EURO SMLLR COS OPN MTHR               15,400
 FIDELITY EUROPEAN OPP FND 1992              220,600
 FIFTEEN RE FIDELITY                         210,500
 FID FDS -- European Growth Pool           2,570,099
 FID FDS -- Nordic Pool                      210,800
 FID FDS -- Euro Blue Chip Pool              482,622
 fID FDS -- EURO SMALLER CO POOL             136,600
 EP MM Clapp                                  48,700
 STC IntL Equity Fund -- ROW                  37,600
 SGE MM ROW                                   21,000
 GEC 1972 PLN GLB EQTY FD -- ROW              43,400
 CHURCH COMM FOR ENGLAND -- ROW               31,300
 BRITISH ENERGY GEN GRP -- ROW                17,800
 IBM DENM SELECT -- GLOBAL EX-US              11,500
 ACCIDENT REHAB & CMP -- GLB EX-US            64,800
 IBM AUSTRIA GLOBAL EX US                      4,200
 AFP UNILEVER SCHWEIZ -- GBL EX US             6,100
 DEUTSCHE ARTZE -- ROW                        10,800
 FMT_GL ROW                                   45,800
 EAST SUSSEX CNTY COUNCIL -- ROW              41,000
 RAILWAYS PENS EQUITY -- EUROPE              215,200
 CHEVRON TEXACO UK PNS PL-ROW                 22,100
 AUSTRALIA -- FUNDS SA                        56,300
 SAINT-GOBAIN UK PENSION SCHEME               51,800
 SHELL AUSTRIA PENSIONSKASSE AG               12,400
 DBI -- FONDS DSPT- A1                        41,800
 NPC TRUST -- ACTIVE 1 -- ROW                  8,400
 BAYVK A1 FIDELITY                            75,400
 MV4 ACTIONS EURO                             55,667
 FF-INST EURO BLUE CHIP POOL                  53,925
 STICHTING BEDRIJF VOOR DE META              232,600
 GM INVESTMENT TRUSTEES LTD                   38,900
 THE PENSIONS TRUST -- GC                     12,000
 FIDELITY EUROPEAN PILOT FUND                    916
 VICTORIAN FUNDS MGMT CORP                    19,000
 GIC MM EUROPEAN EQ FUND -- GC                13,900
 fIDELITY EUROZONE EQ PILOT FD                 1,970
 A/C 16MSFSLE                                 90,900
 FIDELITY EUROPEAN CYCL PLT FD                 2,300
 SPH -- SELECT EUROPE                         62,300
 SPMS-SELECT EUROPE                           41,000
 FIDELITY SELECT GLOBAL EQ FUND                6,500
 FID AUS EUROPE FUND                          15,000
 FID INSTL SELECT EUROPE EQ FD                42,000
 UNILEVER PRG SMALL CAP EUROPE                12,800
 BASF AG -- EUROPEAN SMALL CAPS               43,200
 MULTI STYLE MULT MGR EUR SM CP               25,700
 STCHG BD V DE MT EN TCH BD ESC               39,100
 CO-OPERATIVE GRP PENS -- RW                  26,100
 GKN GROUP PENSION SCHEME -- ROW              32,500
 UNILEVER (SUPERANN) IRELAND -- ROW           18,700
 IBM IREL SEL GLBL EQUITIES ROW                2,200
 IBM AUSTRIA SELECT GLBL EQ ROW                5,600
 EUROPEAN EQUITY MKT NEUT LONG                22,383
 total                              5,631,182 SHARES

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Its 22,000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.

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