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If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

- Finland is the world's most "successful" country socially, economically and politically according to Washington think tank, the Fund for Peace.

- A recent UN report ranked Finland the second happiest country in the world, behind Denmark, based on wealth, political freedom, strong social networks and an absence of corruption.

- Finnish students are also the best in the West, achieving extraordinarily high scores in a triennial survey for the OECD. Finland rivals East Asian educational hothouses such as Singapore and South Korea but without those countries' high-pressure homework expectations.

- The country is conspicuously equal in other arenas, too. It was, for instance, the first in the world to give women the vote in 1906, 12 years before the UK and 14 before the U.S.

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Finnish diplomat pushes child-rearing for dads

Finnish diplomat pushes child-rearing for dads | Finland | Scoop.it

For Finnish diplomat Mikko Koivumaa, being an ikumen (men who take an active role in ikuji, or child rearing) comes naturally.

Hailing from a country known to have a high level of gender equality, Koivumaa says ikumen is standard practice in Finland.

“In Finland, there’s a social welfare policy that enables that. Also men work short hours — especially compared with Japan — which enables an ikumen lifestyle seven days a week,” the 36-year-old said.

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Finland votes against gay marriage

Finland votes against gay marriage | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is the only Nordic country in Europe without same-sex marriage, which gay rights activists call 'frustrating' and 'disappointing'

 

Finland’s parliamentary legal committee has voted against same-sex marriage.

On Wednesday (27 February), a bill died on a vote with nine against and eight for, meaning it will not be proposed before the full parliament.

Under the bill, it would have widened marriage laws to include everyone regardless of gender.

At present, same-sex couples can register their partnerships but have limited rights and cannot adopt their partner’s children.

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Global Gender Gap - Finland ranks in second position

Global Gender Gap -  Finland ranks in second position | Finland | Scoop.it

The Global Gender Gap Report 2012 benchmarks national gender gaps of 135 countries on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria. The Global Gender Gap Index was developed in 2006, partially to address the need for a consistent and comprehensive measure of gender equality that can track a country’s progress over time. The index points to potential role models by revealing those countries that – within their region or income group – are leaders in dividing resources more equitably between women and men than other countries, regardless of the overall level of resources available. http://wef.ch/c1q8S

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Gay marriage proposed in Finland | Star Online

Gay marriage proposed in Finland | Star Online | Finland | Scoop.it
An amendment that would legalise same-sex marriage in Finland has been proposed by local MPs. Considered one of the most conservative Nordic nations, there is already a relationship register in the country for same-sex couples, which has been in place since 2002.
The new amendment would end the separation between heterosexual marriages and same-sex partnerships and allow all couples to share a surname and adopt children.
The amendment would have no bearing on religious groups, and would only redefine civil marriages...
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Finland world’s third most egalitarian country

Finland world’s third most egalitarian country | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland ranks third in the World Economic Forum’s global survey of gender equality.  Finland figures strongly, particularly with regard to the education of women and the number of ministerial posts they hold.  A total of 135 countries were surveyed...

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Professor: Students should pay "education tax" after graduation

Professor: Students should pay "education tax" after graduation | Finland | Scoop.it
The National Union of University Students is opposed to the idea, saying that chargeable education would increase inequality.

Finland should introduce a model according to which the ”beneficiary” should pay at least part of his or her education, suggests Professor of Economics Matti Virén of the University of Turku.
Virén would take the British system for a model, in which charges for education start after graduation. They have been graded according to income: the higher the income, the greater the tax surcharge.
In the latest issue of the Finnish journal of sociology Yhteiskuntapolitiikka, Virén criticises Finland’s ”free” university education, saying that it leads to extreme inequality.
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Pardon My Finnish

Pardon My Finnish | Finland | Scoop.it
A new post on "Pardon My Finnish": "The biggest disease of them all is the growing income inequality” http://blog.finnish-institute.org.uk/...

I quite often find that in Finland we want to believe that it is still 1988 and that we live in a welfare state with a broad set of measures preventing the polarisation of society. In fact, we are moving at increasing speed towards a harsher society, where economic differences are accompanied by social problems, and where good health is a luxury for those who can afford it. At the conference it also became evident that the Finnish healthcare system needs reform.
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Finnish Conservative leader shuns party youth over race

Finnish Conservative leader shuns party youth over race | Finland | Scoop.it
Jyrki Katainen, the leader of Finland's National Coalition party, on Monday distanced the party from a statement by the party's youth group on positive discrimination.

Wille Rydman, the head of the youth group, had said in a statement that positive discrimination was creating tension between ethnic groups.

Katainen underlined that his was a party of tolerance, adding it opposed racism in all its forms.
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Legal experts: aspects of True Finns anti-racism declaration would violate constitution

Legal experts: aspects of True Finns anti-racism declaration would violate constitution | Finland | Scoop.it
A number of legal scholars in Finland say that a declaration by the Parliamentary group of the True Finns party against discrimination, racism, and violence contains elements that would go against the Finnish constitution, and would also be in violation of certain international human rights agreements that Finland is committed to.
Kaarlo Tuori, Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Helsinki, sees the declaration as “very problematic”.
Tuomas Ojanen, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Helsinki, denounces the declaration as “terrible”, and urges other Parliamentary groups to ignore calls from the True Finns to join it. “On the contrary, it should be condemned”, Ojanen says.
Veli-Pekka Viljanen, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Turku, says that the implementation of the declaration would lead to a significant deterioration of equality in Finland.
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Equality Ombudsman: Defence Forces’ Fitness Tests Favour Men

Equality Ombudsman: Defence Forces’ Fitness Tests Favour Men | Finland | Scoop.it
YLE News: Equality Ombudsman: Defence Forces’ Fitness Tests Favour Men http://dlvr.it/T5v3t...
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Karl's comments: Half of Finns support same-sex marriage

Karl's comments: Half of Finns support same-sex marriage | Finland | Scoop.it
Politically segmented, 61% of the supporters of the conservative National Coalition Party, 50% of the Social Democrats and 32% of the nationalistic True Finns support same-sex marriage.
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Trial Begins in Pride Parade Attack Case

Trial Begins in Pride Parade Attack Case | Finland | Scoop.it
The Helsinki District Court has begun trial proceedings in the case of an attack on marchers during last summer’s Pride Parade in Helsinki upholding the rights of sexual minorities.
Three men in their thirties have been charged with 88 counts of assault, 71 counts of violations of political freedoms and prevention of assembly. During the parade on July 3 last year, a group of marchers were attacked with pepper spray and tear gas.
The Office of the Prosecutor General has taken charge of the case, underlining the exceptional gravity of the proceedings.
According to the prosecution, several perpetrators took part in the attack on marchers, but only three of them have been remanded in custody. The prosecution calls for suspended prison sentences for all three of the accused.
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The Best (and Worst) Countries to Be a Woman

The Best (and Worst) Countries to Be a Woman | Finland | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum's latest data on gender equality.

The World Economic Forum has just come out with their latest data on global gender equality, and the short version could well be this old Beatles lyric: “I’ve got to admit it’s getting better. A little better, all the time. (It can’t get more worse.)

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Newsweek y The Daily Beast realizaron un análisis de datos para examinar a 165 países y determinar qué países ofrecen a las mujeres una gama más amplia de derechos, y la mejor calidad de vida.

México se encuentra en el lugar 53, por encima de Brasil, Argentina y Chile, pero por debajo de Rumania, Albania y China.

 

Los primeros 10 de la clasificacón:


1, Islandia
Calificación (De 100): 100.0
Justicia: 100.0
Salud: 90.5
Educación: 96.7
Economía: 88.0
Política: 92.8

2, Suecia
Calificación (De 100): 99.2
Justicia: 90.8
Salud: 94.8
Educación: 95.5
Economía: 90.3
Política: 93.1

3, Canadá
Calificación (De 100): 96.6
Justicia: 100.0
Salud: 92.7
Educación: 92.0
Economía: 91.0
Política: 66.9

4, Dinamarca
Calificación (De 100): 95.3
Justicia: 86.1
Salud: 94.9
Educación: 97.6
Economía: 88.5
Política: 78.4

5, Finlandia
Calificación (De 100): 92.8
Justicia: 80.2
Salud: 91.4
Educación: 91.3
Economía: 86.8
Política: 100.0

6, Suiza
Calificación (De 100): 91.9
Justicia: 87.9
Salud: 94.4
Educación: 97.3
Economía: 82.6
Política: 74.6

7, Noruega
Calificación (De 100): 91.3
Justicia: 79.3
Salud: 100.0
Educación: 74.0
Economía: 93.5
Política: 93.9

8, Estados Unidos
Calificación (De 100): 89.8
Justicia: 82.9
Salud: 92.8
Educación: 97.3
Economía: 83.9
Política: 68.6

9, Australia
Calificación (De 100): 88.2
Justicia: 80.7
Salud: 93.3
Educación: 93.9
Economía: 85.3
Política: 65.1

10, Holanda
Calificación (De 100): 87.7
Justicia: 74.0
Salud: 95.0
Educación: 99.0
Economía: 83.0
Política: 68.4


Los últimos 10 de la clasificación:


155, Guinea
Calificación (De 100): 28.5
Justicia: 25.7
Salud: 40.7
Educación: 29.7
Economía: 79.1
Política: 35.6

156, Sudán
Calificación (De 100): 26.1
Justicia: 21.1
Salud: 29.4
Educación: 70.6
Economía: 54.5
Política: 40.8

157, Etiopía
Calificación (De 100): 23.7
Justicia: 18.6
Salud: 27.2
Educación: 29.9
Economía: 79.7
Política: 37.4

158, Paquistán
Calificación (De 100): 21.4
Justicia: 49.7
Salud: 49.6
Educación: 34.0
Economía: 50.7
Política: 19.3

159, Niger
Calificación (De 100): 21.2
Justicia: 26.5
Salud: 32.9
Educación: 47.5
Economía: 58.6
Política: 31.3

160, Islas Salomón
Calificación (De 100): 20.8
Justicia: 0.0
Salud: 53.6
Educación: 86.5
Economía: 46.0
Política: 1.9

161, Mali
Calificación (De 100): 17.6
Justicia: 22.7
Salud: 29.9
Educación: 25.8
Economía: 64.3
Política: 49.8

162, Congo
Calificación (De 100): 13.6
Justicia: 6.5
Salud: 11.4
Educación: 45.1
Economía: 67.8
Política: 27.2

163, Yemen
Calificación (De 100): 12.1
Justicia: 36.2
Salud: 44.4
Educación: 34.1
Economía: 48.8
Política: 0.0

164, Afganistán
Calificación (De 100): 2.0
Justicia: 8.4
Salud: 2.0
Educación: 41.1
Economía: 55.3
Política: 16.6

165, Chad
Calificación (De 100): 0.0
Justicia: 20.7
Salud: 0.0
Educación: 0.0
Economía: 70.9
Política: 22.2



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The glass-ceiling index - Finland 7th #women #equality

The glass-ceiling index - Finland 7th #women #equality | Finland | Scoop.it

To mark International Women’s Day, The Economist has compiled its own “glass-ceiling index” to show where women have the best chance of equal treatment at work. Based on data mainly from the OECD, it compares five indicators across 26 countries: the number of men and women respectively with tertiary education; female labour-force participation; the male-female wage gap; the proportion of women in senior jobs; and net child-care costs relative to the average wage...

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Very interesting information-much to discuss here.
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The next supermodel - Politicians from both right and left could learn from the Nordic countries

The next supermodel - Politicians from both right and left could learn from the Nordic countries | Finland | Scoop.it

SMALLISH countries are often in the vanguard when it comes to reforming government. In the 1980s Britain was out in the lead, thanks to Thatcherism and privatisation. Tiny Singapore has long been a role model for many reformers. Now the Nordic countries are likely to assume a similar role.

That is partly because the four main Nordics—Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland—are doing rather well. If you had to be reborn anywhere in the world as a person with average talents and income, you would want to be a Viking. The Nordics cluster at the top of league tables of everything from economic competitiveness to social health to happiness. They have avoided both southern Europe’s economic sclerosis and America’s extreme inequality. Development theorists have taken to calling successful modernisation “getting to Denmark”. Meanwhile a region that was once synonymous with do-it-yourself furniture and Abba has even become a cultural haven, home to “The Killing”, Noma and “Angry Birds”.

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A Model Lesson - Finland shows us what equal opportunity looks like - American Educator

Finland shows us what equal opportunity looks like

by Pasi Sahlberg - pdf

 

[http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/spring2012/Sahlberg.pdf]

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Equality is Finland’s best brand value

Equality is Finland’s best brand value | Finland | Scoop.it
I was recently on a trip to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country with 250 million inhabitants. Among the people I met there was Indonesia’s Minister for Equality and Ombudsman.

 

...Finland has much to give the world and our role in it is to promote equality and non-discrimination. Finland should have a powerful role on the world stage...

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Expertise counts in management positions, not gender

There is lively debate in Europe right now on equality in management. The proportion of women in business management positions in many European countries is clearly lower than the proportion for men.

By comparison, the situation in Finland is better than in many other EU countries. Finland and Sweden hold the top two positions according to a survey by the European Commission. Women in these Nordic countries represent around 26 percent of board membership of the largest listed companies.

In Finland the proportion of women on the boards of listed companies has more than doubled in the past ten years. The number of women has increased in traditionally male sectors, and this is reflected naturally also in business management positions.
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Condemnation of racism turns out racist-flavoured?

Condemnation of racism turns out racist-flavoured? | Finland | Scoop.it
The True Finns Party's declaration in late May condemning racism was partially aimed at themselves, says professor of constitutional law Tuomas Ojanen of the University of Helsinki. The statement penned by MP Jussi Halla-Aho would prohibit the positive aspects of special treatment as well as racism.
“The issue here is reaching true equality between people. We’re trying to improve the conditions of people who are in a weaker position due to discrimination and put them on an equal footing with us,” Professor Ojanen says, defining positive special treatment.
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Legal experts say separation of powers not sufficiently understood by Finnish politicians and courts

Legal experts say separation of powers not sufficiently understood by Finnish politicians and courts | Finland | Scoop.it
The Parliamentary Ombudsman rendered a courageous decision in February in a case in which he felt that there had been a violation of the principle of the separation of the powers of government into the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
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Finnish ombudsman proposes Sami education autonomy

Finnish ombudsman proposes Sami education autonomy | Finland | Scoop.it
Eva Biaudet, Finland's minorities ombudsman, said Friday the country should grant education policy autonomy to the ethnic Sami minority.
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Equality News, EU: Successful Finnish project

Equality News, EU: Successful Finnish project | Finland | Scoop.it
Successful Finnish project 'YES equality is priority 3'

The Finnish programme which has already been running for two years continued to deliver valuable results in its 3rd year (2009-2010). Equality mainstreaming targeted at the public sector included a guidebook, online-training as well as active citizenship and human rights education for young people from ethnic minorities.
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UNHCR - UNHCR completes series of regional dialogues with women in anniversary year

UNHCR - UNHCR completes series of regional dialogues with women in anniversary year | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI, Finland, May 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has completed a unique and moving series of regional dialogues with women that began in India last November and wrapped up in Finland this week.

The seven dialogue meetings brought together hundreds of women in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas and were aimed at giving refugee women a voice and an opportunity to influence change during UNHCR's landmark 60th year.
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District Court dismissed the charge regarding discrimination at work against Kai Telanne, Alma Media's President and CEO

The Helsinki District Court has dismissed the charge against Kai Telanne, Alma Media's President and CEO regarding discrimination at work. The consideration of charges started as the Labour Protection District of Uusimaa region and the police suspected Kai Telanne of discrimination at work when the director contract of Ms Johanna Korhonen was terminated in the autumn of 2008.

"I'm satisfied with the ruling of the District Court. Alma Media does not discriminate against anyone in any circumstances", Kai Telanne comments.
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