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Why Finland Has the Most Freedom of Press on the Planet

Why Finland Has the Most Freedom of Press on the Planet | Finland | Scoop.it

But, Finland. How did it do it? How did a small nation mashed up between Russia and the Baltic Sea earn the distinction of harboring the planet’s freest press?

Well, for starters, Finns are major journalism consumers—according to the European Center for Journalism, 483 out of 1,000 regularly buy newspapers. And 76% of the population over 10 years old reads the paper. So there’s a big market for journalism, which incentivizes a better product. An interested, engaged audience begets better investigative reporting.

There's also a strong journalist's union that protects reporter’s rights—the Union of Journalists has 14,000 individual members, as well as 355 companies and six media associations. (Remember, there are only five and half million people in all of Finland.)

But the real reason that Finland scores big is that its government has made transparency and information availability—essentially, good journalism—an institutional prerogative. The Finnish government has actually adopted the explicit goal of making sure its citizenry are well informed. According to the EPC, "basic guidelines" were established in 2007, wherein the “special focus is to promote the information society in everyday life, aiming towards a ubiquitous information society.”

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The Independent paints a rosy picture of Finland

The Independent paints a rosy picture of Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
In its Sunday issue, the British newspaper highlights Finland’s credit rating miracle with a humorous list of factors contributing to the country’s success.
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Finnish troops inflict massive losses on Russians - World War II Today

Finnish troops inflict massive losses on Russians - World War II Today | Finland | Scoop.it

Follow the war as it happened 

 

The Soviet army was poorly prepared for winter warfare, particularly in forests, and relied on vulnerable motorized vehicles. These vehicles were kept running continuously so their fuel would not freeze, which led to increased breakdowns and aggravated fuel shortages...

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Finland’s Second Invasion | Voice of the Copts

Finland’s Second Invasion | Voice of the Copts | Finland | Scoop.it
The Soviet Army began amassing on Finland’s border during November 1939, and at the end of that month some 21 divisions (around 450,000 men) crossed over.
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The Winter War | World War II Database

The Winter War | World War II Database | Finland | Scoop.it
The Winter War | World War II Database (Today in history, 29 Nov 1939: At midnight, Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov ordered the invasion of Finland to commence http://t.co/g6Qbb7OE...)...
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St. Petersburg: to the Finland Station

St. Petersburg: to the Finland Station | Finland | Scoop.it
I often wonder what Russia would have been like had Lenin and the Bolsheviks not assumed power during the Russian Revolution.  A revolution was clearly in the offing anyway, and surely the tsar would have been deposed, but perhaps had Lenin not existed, Russia might have avoided the tortures, famines, and persecutions of the years under Communism....
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Fred Fry International: Mannerheim Statue 'Tampere'

Fred Fry International: Mannerheim Statue 'Tampere' | Finland | Scoop.it
I have mentioned the Tampere Mannerheim Statue on this blog before here 'Europe's Lingering Scar of Communism'

You see, Tampere was a hotbed of communists during the Finnish Civel War and Mannerheim was the leader of the 'White' forces and routed the communists from the city. So, back in the 1950's when a statue was going to be erected in his honor, the city leaders stuck it in the forest, nowhere near the city itself.
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Out to Sea - 150 years of white sails off the Helsinki shore

Out to Sea - 150 years of white sails off the Helsinki shore | Finland | Scoop.it
The exhibition in the Hakasalmi Villa, next to Finlandia Hall, looks at the maritime past of Helsinki from the perspective of yachting as a pastime. Besides boats, yacht clubs, sailors and boat races, the endangered underwater nature of the Baltic Sea is an important topic.

Open 27 May 2011–8 January 2012
Wed–Sun 11 am – 5 pm, Thu 11 am – 7 pm.
FREE ENTRY.
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Helsinki Tourist Attractions: Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Helsinki Tourist Attractions: Suomenlinna Sea Fortress | Finland | Scoop.it
The 18th century sea fortress Suomenlinna, located on a group of islands outside Helsinki, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland.
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The Continuation War started 70 years ago - YLE News

The Continuation War started 70 years ago - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it
Following the famous Winter War of 1939-1940, Finland's Continuation War started 70 years ago this midsummer's Saturday.
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My Picture Postcards: Finland - Edvard Isto

My Picture Postcards: Finland - Edvard Isto | Finland | Scoop.it
Edvard Isto's painting Attack symbolizes Finnish resistance to the perceived Russification.
In the famous painting Hyökkäys by Edvard "Eetu" Isto, the Finnish Maiden is being attacked by the Russian double-headed eagle, which is tearing away the law book. The Maiden of Finland "Suomi-neito" is the national personification of Finland. The Maiden of Finland can also refer to the shape of Finland on the map...
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Finnish ancestors' diet explains many modern ailments - Helsingin Sanomat

Finnish ancestors' diet explains many modern ailments - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it

The corpse was buried with its knees bent. The body has been in the ground since the Stone Age, but it is apparent that bones had been broken, and contained lacerations.
The skeleton, about 5,000 years old, was found in Jomala in the Åland Islands. It indicates that our forefathers were apparently in the habit of eating each other. This may have been more about ritual than the acquisition of nutrition, but it shows that the ancestors of the Finns were willing to eat just about any kind of nutrition. Stone Age Finns would eat dogs, frogs, grasshoppers, and worms, for instance.
"Our ancestors spent all of their energy looking for food", says Dr. Heikki S. Vuorinen, an expert on the history of medicine at the University of Helsinki.

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AAA to Y* of Finland (*The letter Z does not exist in the original Finnish alphabet, only in 'loan' words, we'll have you know)

AAA to Y* of Finland (*The letter Z does not exist in the original Finnish alphabet, only in 'loan' words, we'll have you know) | Finland | Scoop.it
A is for Alvar Aalto...

 

AAA to Y* of Finland (*The letter Z does not exist in the original Finnish alphabet, only in 'loan' words, we'll have you know)
Finland is now the last eurozone country to hold a triple-A credit rating. So, why are things so rosy in the Scandinavian state?

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Awesome old school Finnish stove : theCHIVE

Awesome old school Finnish stove : theCHIVE | Finland | Scoop.it

Finnish stove is all the rage in…well, Finland (12 Photos)

 

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SOFIEA CLERICO: Fury & forgiveness: The sobering Christmas story of Finland's Winter War

SOFIEA CLERICO: Fury & forgiveness: The sobering Christmas story of Finland's Winter War | Finland | Scoop.it
Some 37,000 Russians expect to visit Finland this holiday season, whisked across the border for Christmas and New Year's Day celebrations in sleek, elegant trains. Thousands more from America and innumerable other countries will travel to Helsinki and Rovaniemi to enjoy the celebrations.

Lapland, in northern Finland, is the magical land near the North Pole where legend holds that Joulupukki -- Santa Claus -- keeps his reindeer. The people of Lapland have rushed to create a brilliant sea of lights that will illuminate the night for the thousands of expected visitors. Choirs are tuning up for performances in every church and at many outdoor venues. Joulupukki is often seen on the streets of the Lapland capital of Rovaniemi this time of year, the elves of Christmas by his side. And the awesome sights of the holiday season are not all man-made: The incredible Northern Lights, the aurora borealis, add a spectacular gift from the heavens.

What makes Christmas in Finland special? Just this: A mere 73 years have passed since Soviet Premier Josef Stalin sent trains filled with Red Army soldiers into Finland. Over a period of 105 days, the two nations engaged in one of the most ferocious battles of World War II.
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tribute to our brave finnish soldiers

http://www.sotainvalidit.fi/ http://www.rautasormus.fi/ music by jean sibelius finlandia hymni...
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Talvisota_7th_Army_1939

Talvisota_7th_Army_1939 | Finland | Scoop.it
RT @RealTimeWWII: 9.15AM Red Army troops now crossing the Finnish border, in 8 different places; over 500,000 men, 1000 tanks.
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Ferraris in Finland (plus one Jaguar) | Hemmings Blog: Classic and ...

Ferraris in Finland (plus one Jaguar) | Hemmings Blog: Classic and ... | Finland | Scoop.it
That realization came to light when we came across this small set of found photos that Charles Beesley posted of an unnamed race in Finland in 1954 that featured quite a few exotic Ferraris, including the Vignale-bodied 212 ...
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Peat bogs, bears and dense forest – it's Europe, but not as we know it - The Independent

Peat bogs, bears and dense forest – it's Europe, but not as we know it - The Independent | Finland | Scoop.it
Peat bogs, bears and dense forest – it's Europe, but not as we know it. Parts of it were ceded to Russia after the Winter War of 1939-40 and that remains a sensitive area for some Finns.
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Beer History: Sahti, A Weird and Wonderful Finnish Beer | Serious ...

Beer History: Sahti, A Weird and Wonderful Finnish Beer | Serious ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Although their beers may not always be familiar beyond their borders, some nations take brewing so seriously that they feature the subject in their national epic—consider Finland.

Sahti has a long history—there is some archaeological evidence that suggests it has been brewed since the Viking era...
[Photograph: Sami Oinonen on Flickr]
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Blog - The Berry Pickers: Finnish Mythology: The Creation of the World

Blog - The Berry Pickers: Finnish Mythology: The Creation of the World | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish mythology has been captured in a collection of stories called THE KALEVALA. In the 1820s, Elias Lönnrot, traveled throughout Eastern Finland, Karelia and what was then known as Ingria (the area of northwest Russia that encompasses St. Petersburg) to collect the songs and poems of locals. He edited them into one epic poem that was first published in 1835. Later, he expanded his work and republished a more extensive version in 1845.
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Continuation War – Controversial Part of Finnish History… « Helsinki According to PPusa

Continuation War – Controversial Part of Finnish History… « Helsinki According to PPusa | Finland | Scoop.it
PPusa: Continuation War – Controversial Part of Finnish History… http://dlvr.it/XmLDX...
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Nokia - Nokia's first century - Story of Nokia - Company - About Nokia

Nokia - Nokia's first century - Story of Nokia - Company - About Nokia | Finland | Scoop.it
The first Nokia century began with Fredrik Idestam's paper mill on the banks of the Nokianvirta river. Between 1865 and 1967, the company would become a major industrial force; but it took a merger with a cable company and a rubber firm to set the new Nokia Corporation on the path to electronics...
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