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IN “THE LION AND THE UNICORN”, written in 1941, George Orwell invoked the spirit of England in a handful of images—“solid breakfasts and gloomy Sundays, smoky towns and windy roads, green fields and red pillar-boxes”. When this correspondent tried to summon up appropriate images for the spirit of the Nordic region he found himself turning to the welfare state: Swedish fathers enjoying a leisurely lunch while their children sleep in prams (Sweden’s paternity leave is among the most generous in the world); Danish mothers cycling, helmetless, through the early morning mist with their children in sidecars (Copenhagen has more than 350km of cycle lanes, and a third of the population cycles to work); a Finnish physics teacher discussing the nature of elegance with a class of 15-year-olds (Finland regularly comes near the top of international league tables for educational attainment).

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The 16 Most Creative Countries In The World - Finland nr 3

The 16 Most Creative Countries In The World - Finland nr 3 | Finland | Scoop.it
Those Scandinavians know how to innovate.

 

NR 3. FINLAND


Technology Rank: 1
Talent Rank: 1
Tolerance Rank: 19
Global Creativity Index: 0.894
Finland has much to be proud of, as the only country to finish first in more than one category. Its technology and talent rankings give it a high correlation to economic output, entrepreneurship, and human development. Only its lower tolerance ranking keeps it out of the top spot.

Photo: Shahram Sharif via Flickr

 

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Estonia challenges Finland’s economic model

Estonia challenges Finland’s economic model | Finland | Scoop.it

Investment banker Joakim Helenius says Estonia is more capable of handling competition than Finland.

“This is an unusual situation. There are two neighbouring countries that are close to each other, but which have very different taxation policies – Finland (progressive taxation) and Estonia (a 21 per cent flat tax). There are not many cases like this. This might actually be the only one in the world.”
Helenius feels that Estonia has better chances to prevail, because Estonia has virtually no net state debt.
“There are no pressures to raise taxes, whereas in Finland and the other Nordic Countries there are.”

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Constitutional experts worried over public sector privatisation

Constitutional experts worried over public sector privatisation | Finland | Scoop.it
Constitutional experts are worried over the privatisation of public sector functions. Professors interviewed by YLE TV News fear ill considered privatisation could lead to an unbridled dominance by market forces.
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TAMPERE (Finland), May 16th-17th, 2011: University of Tampere international workshop on “Universal Basic Income as a European Alternative” | Basic Income News

This day-long workshop discussed issues such as the “Philosophical Foundations of Justice and Basic Income,” “UBI in the Context of National Social Security and Employment Systems,” “Economics and Labour Market ...
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Finland basks in Triple A glow as bond flies

Finland reaped the benefits of its top-notch Triple A credit rating status on Tuesday, attracting demand of 4.8 billion euros for a benchmark 15-year 3 billion euro debt issue that will become the government's longest-dated bond.

Finland is one of the few euro zone sovereigns still rated Triple A by all three major rating agencies after Standard & Poor's downgraded nine euro zone countries two weeks ago.

"The size of the order book shows that Finland is seen as a reliable issuer," Teppo Koivisto, the state treasury's director of finance, said in a statement.

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Finland Needs Substantial Cuts to Balance Budget, Liikanen Says

Finland’s government must make “substantial” spending cuts and increase taxes to bring finances onto a sustainable footing, the Bank of Finland said.

“If these steps are not taken in time, we could end up in a situation where we are forced to rapidly reduce the general government deficit at a time when economic growth is weakening,” Governor Erkki Liikanen said today in an e-mailed report. “The deteriorating economic outlook puts Finland’s public finances in a different light.”

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“HOT AND COLD DEBT – CITIZENS AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS”

“HOT AND COLD DEBT – CITIZENS AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS” | Finland | Scoop.it
Pixelache Helsinki and HIAP-Talks series present http://t.co/CzwXBqD8...

 

The discussion will follow the screening of the documentary Debtocracy by Aris Chatzistefanou, as part of Lens Politica festival on Friday 18 November (more info about the screenings).

How is debt born and how does it affect the everyday lives of citizens? Does the Euro have a future? And what is the role and responsibility of journalists in analyzing the economic crisis and communicating about possible solutions? The discussion is part of Pixelache’s Suomenlinna Money Lab project, focusing on local currency as well as Helsinki International Artist Residency Program’s HIAP TALKS series.

Time & Place
Fri 18.11. at 19:30, Andorra (Eerikinkatu 11, Helsinki)

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Inem Helsinki 2011 - Home

Inem Helsinki 2011 - Home | Finland | Scoop.it
IX Conference of the International Network for Economic Methodology
1-3 September 2011
Helsinki, Finland

The ninth INEM conference will be hosted by TINT at the University of Helsinki. Proposals for contributed papers as well as symposia are welcome in all areas of economic methodology and cognate disciplines.
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Renowned Malawi scholar honoured in Finland | Malawi news

Renowned Malawi scholar honoured in Finland | Malawi news | Finland | Scoop.it
A renowned Malawian scholar in economics was among a group of six luminaries who have been honoured by the University of Helsinki in Finland for their contribution to global socio-economic development.

The university announced that Thandika Mkandawire, the Malawi-born London School of Economics African Development Professor, was decorated with an honorary (honoris causa) Doctor of Social Sciences at a colourful ceremony in Helsinki, the Finnish capital, on Friday evening. The ceremony was attended by the President of Finland,Tarja Halonen.
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