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Reporters Without Borders releases 2014 Press Freedom Index - Finland nr 1 !

Reporters Without Borders releases 2014 Press Freedom Index - Finland nr 1 ! | Finland | Scoop.it

The 2014 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index spotlights major declines in media freedom in such varied countries as the United States, Central African Republic and Guatemala and, on the other hand, marked improvements in Ecuador, Bolivia and South Africa.

The same trio of Finland, Netherlands and Norway heads the index again, while Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea continue to be the biggest information black holes, again occupying the last three positions.

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Best Countries for Business 2014: The Top 20

Best Countries for Business 2014: The Top 20 | Finland | Scoop.it
For the third year in a row, Bloomberg Rankings presents its exclusive analysis of the world's most attractive countries for business according to 2013 data. ...

FINLAND NR 8. 

Finland

Overall Rank: 14

2012 Rank: 15

Total Score: 75.2

Economic Integration: 81.6

Business Startup Cost: 70.9

Labor/Material Cost: 61.7

Transport Cost: 79.8

Less Tangible Costs: 88.3

Local Consumer Base: 68.7

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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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Adriana Guerrero's curator insight, October 30, 2013 10:02 PM

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 10 Countries With The World's Best Workers - Finland #2

The 10 Countries With The World's Best Workers - Finland #2 | Finland | Scoop.it

A new World Economic Forum report ranks the countries of the world on human capital. FINLAND - NR 2 !

Ranks 1st for education, 9th for health, 3rd for its workforce, and 1st for enabling environment.  While it might be most famous for its world-class and unorthodox education system, Finland also has an excellent infrastructure, skilled employees, and the world's greatest rate of social mobility. 

 

The top spots are reserved for countries with superior health care, education, and training, many of which are clustered in Europe and Scandinavia in particular. 

The rankings are based on four factors: education, health, workforce, and enabling environment. Education measures the quality of schools and the achievement of students to get a sense of how both current and future workers have been educated. Health measures physical and mental well-being from childhood through old age.

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Finland ranked as the most dynamic country in Europe

Finland ranked as the most dynamic country in Europe | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland has been ranked as the most dynamic country in Europe by the Grant Thornton Global Dynamism Index (GDI) 2013.  Australia is named the most dynamic country in the world followed by Chile, China and New Zealand.  Finland holds the joint fifth place with Canada. Australia climbed to the top from the seventh place in 2012, and China rose 17 places from last year. ...
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Would you pass the wallet test? World's most honest cities: Helsinki topped the survey.

Would you pass the wallet test? World's most honest cities: Helsinki topped the survey. | Finland | Scoop.it

 

Would you pass the wallet test? World's most honest cities revealed after researchers dropped purse containing £30 to see if it would be returned.

Test by Reader's Digest dropped wallets in 16 cities worldwide and counted how many were given backHelsinki in Finland topped the survey, handing back 11 of 12 wallets, while only one was returned in Lisbon, Portugal. New York was joint third while London came joint ninth in the test.

  

Lasse Luomakoski, a 27-year-old student who returned a wallet in Helsinki, thought that her people were naturally disposed to be honest.

He said: 'Finns are naturally honest, it’s typical for us. We are a small, quiet, closely-knit community. We have little corruption and we don’t even run red lights.'


  

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Finland is the fourth cleanest city in the world & boasts the world's cleanest tap water.

Finland is the fourth cleanest city in the world & boasts the world's cleanest tap water. | Finland | Scoop.it
Friday Fact: #Finland is the fourth cleanest country in the world & boasts the world's cleanest tap water! http://t.co/zgtdYSmRPC
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Photo Courtesy of Visit Finland - via @FinnStyle_com

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State of the World's Mothers

State of the World's Mothers | Finland | Scoop.it

In honor of Mother's Day, Save the Children presents 14th annual State of the World's Mothers report. It is a report that ranks the best and worst places in the world to be a mother. Learn more, access archives and download the report. FINLAND - NR 1 ! The BEST!

 

THE BEST & WORST PLACES TO BE A MOTHER

The chances a mother and her baby will survive help determine Save the Children’s annual rankings of the best and worst places in the world to be a mother. Education, income and political representation of women are the other factors. 

Read more: http://bit.ly/12cP0yU

 

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:18 AM

For very little money, many more babies could survive their births.  There are over a million babies that die each year that could be saved by using very inexpensive treatments and medicines.  

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Finland ranked 1st at the Word Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report 2013!

Finland ranked 1st at the Word Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report 2013! | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland ranked 1st at the Word Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report 2013! Finland is the best country when measuring the preparedness of an economy to use ICT to boost competitiveness and well-being. 

How did the other countries do? See the report:http://ow.ly/k4wdw ;

Photo: Screen Capture from the World Economic Forum Report: "Global Information Technology Report 2013"

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Top 10 Cleanest Cities in the World

Top 10 Cleanest Cities in the World | Finland | Scoop.it
Shabby surroundings and roads can put off anyone and visitors are bound to take home negative impressions of the place. So, we introduce you top 10 cleanest cities in the world.
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8. Helsinki, Finland

The capital city of Finland takes the visitors in its awe with picturesque landscapes, wonderful sights and well-arranged architecture. The city is a brimming hub of culture and education and its authorities leave no stone unturned to maintain the beauty of the city.

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A surprising map of the countries that are most and least welcoming to foreigners

A surprising map of the countries that are most and least welcoming to foreigners | Finland | Scoop.it


Buried several hundred pages into a new World Economic Forum report on global tourism, past the sections on air travel infrastructure and physician density (by which they mean the number of physicians per capita, not the mass-per-cubic-meter of individual doctors), are some very interesting numbers. The WEF has compiled survey data from 140 countries estimating the attitude of each countries’ population toward foreign visitors. - Finland among more welcoming! 

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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:30 AM

Surprised to find India nearing the bottom!

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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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Press Freedom Index 2013 - Reporters Without Borders - Finland nr 1

Press Freedom Index 2013 - Reporters Without Borders - Finland nr 1 | Finland | Scoop.it

After the “Arab springs” and other protest movements that prompted many rises and falls in last year’s index, the 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index marks a return to a more usual configuration. The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments. This year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium or long term.

The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom.

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#6 Finland - In Photos: The Best Countries for Business 2013

#6 Finland - In Photos: The Best Countries for Business 2013 | Finland | Scoop.it
#6 Finland

GDP: $250 billion
Tax Burden rank: 19
Innovation rank: 1
Monetary Freedom rank: 36
Red Tape rank: 48

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The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index - Finland # 8

The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index - Finland # 8 | Finland | Scoop.it
The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™ offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world.

- Finland nr 8.
Traditionally, a nation’s prosperity has been based solely on macroeconomic indicators such as a country’s income, represented either by GDP or by average income per person (GDP per capita). However, most people would agree that prosperity is more than just the accumulation of material wealth, it is also the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future. The Prosperity Index is distinctive in that it is the only global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing.

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Yekoz's curator insight, November 11, 2013 11:51 AM

Botswana 72; Rwanda 105; Uganda 114; Kenya 116; Tanzania 117; Burundi 138

earthdog58's curator insight, November 11, 2013 7:06 PM

"the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future" - the exact decision reached by my IB Global Politics students when asked "what should 'developed' mean when applied to a country?"

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10 Places Perfect For Introverts

10 Places Perfect For Introverts | Finland | Scoop.it

 

If there’s anywhere an introvert is going to feel at ease, it is Finland. You don’t have to agonize about making small talk in this Nordic country. Finns appreciate silence, thoughtfulness, nature and are respectful of personal space.

So no need to feel judged when wandering thoughtfully around the beautiful capital of Helsinki or dining alone. And you cannot leave without letting loose in a steamy sauna where Finns head to relax and reflect in silence.

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Who Treats Their Workers Best?

Who Treats Their Workers Best? | Finland | Scoop.it

 


The Human Capital Report, released Tuesday by the World Economic Forum, measured 122 countries in four areas — education, health, employment and “enabling environment” — to establish the rankings. The fourth area encompasses subjects such as a country’s legal framework as well as transportation and communications infrastructure, which affect an individual’s ability to work.Countries that treat workers the best, according to the World Economic Forum: http://on.wsj.com/18pOd1T

1. Switzerland
2. Finland
3. Singapore
4. Netherlands
5. Sweden
6. Germany
7. Norway
8. United Kingdom
9. Denmark
10. Canada
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Why Scandinavian Prisons Are Superior

Why Scandinavian Prisons Are Superior | Finland | Scoop.it

It’s a postcard-perfect day on Suomenlinna Island, in Helsinki’s South Harbor. Warm for the first week of June, day trippers mix with Russian, Dutch, and Chinese tourists sporting sun shades and carrying cones of pink ice cream.

“Is this the prison?” asks a 40-something American woman wearing cargo pants and a floral sleeveless blouse...

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The best education in the world…

The best education in the world… | Finland | Scoop.it
Click to see the picture and write a comment... (The #best #education in the world: http://t.co/g8rRyAPQDF #Finland)
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OECD Better Life Index

OECD Better Life Index | Finland | Scoop.it
Your Better Life Index by the OECD shows how Finland performs according to the importance you give to the 11 topics – like education, housing, environment, and so on – that contribute to well-being.

 

In general, Finns are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average, with 82% of people saying they have more positive experiences in an average day (feelings of rest, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment, etc) than negative ones (pain, worry, sadness, boredom, etc). This figure is higher than the OECD average of 80%.


Read more: [http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/finland/]

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Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty

Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty | Finland | Scoop.it

A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, on the well-being of children in 35 developed nations. Finland scores the highest.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 24, 2013 12:53 PM

There is a strong connection between poverty and school performance--between nutrition and being able to focus on learning.  This is important data. We can do much better as a country!

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Why Finland Leads World in Bitcoin Search Traffic

Why Finland Leads World in Bitcoin Search Traffic | Finland | Scoop.it
Interest in bitcoins has reached fever pitch around the world in the last month. But there's one euro zone country that's firmly tuned into the zeitgeist more so than even the U.S. or Japan.

 

According to Google Trends, Finland is the country with the most number of Google searches for the word "bitcoin" in the past 12 months.

"Finland has a very strong geek culture and tradition, DIY-culture and can-do attitude. Many digital innovations, like IRC (Internet Relay Chat), Linux and SSH (Communications Security Corporation) are developed in Finland," Vesa Linja-aho, an engineering and economics lecturer at a Helsinki university told CNBC.com.

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EU Member States’ innovation performance

EU Member States’ innovation performance | Finland | Scoop.it
European Commission - Enterprise and Industry - European Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of innovation performance levels across Europe.
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Innovation leaders: Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Finland, all show a performance well above that of the EU average.
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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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What are the top ten most innovative countries? | SmartPlanet

What are the top ten most innovative countries? | SmartPlanet | Finland | Scoop.it
The United States, South Korea and Japan are known for inventions and innovation, but where do other countries worldwide fit in?

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Finland

R&D intensity: 2ndProductivity: 14thHigh-tech density: 11thResearcher concentration: 1stManufacturing capability: 31stTertiary efficiency: 3rdPatent activity: 23rd
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