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Global Dynamism Index (GDI)

Global Dynamism Index (GDI) | Finland | Scoop.it

HIGHEST RANKED
Singapore 72
Finland 70
Sweden 70

Developed in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the Grant Thornton Global Dynamism Index (GDI) ranks 50 economies on 22 indicators of dynamism - that is the changes to the economy which have enabled recovery from the 2008-09 economic recession and are likely to lead to a fast rate of future growth.

GDI provides an overall dynamism ranking and also scores economies and regions in five seperate categories of dynamism: business operating environment, economics & growth, science & technology, labour & human capital and financing environment. It can help business owners.

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Coolest Showreel from Finland Film Commission

Finland is known for being one of those countries that just works. Airplanes and trains run on time, restaurant bills have no hidden charges and streets and runways are kept clear even if there was a severe snowstorm the previous night. Finland is also one of world's safest and most incorrupt countries.

If you consider shooting in Finland, the Finland Film Commission is an excellent first point of contact. We will help you find the most suitable and qualified crews, production companies, freelance artists and technicians that are able to do their job skillfully, to deadline and on budget. please visit our web page filmfinland.fi and contact us now! e-mail info@filmfinland.fi or call +358 400 888 454.

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Thank you for sharing.. Can you fall in love with a country not your own? :)
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8 Ways Finland Gives Its Children the Education System America Can Only Dream of

8 Ways Finland Gives Its Children the Education System America Can Only Dream of | Finland | Scoop.it
You're going to wish that you grew up in Finland after reading this.

Apples and oranges — that's what it's like to compare the education systems of the U.S. and Finland. Finland's is wildly successful — consistently topping international rankings. The United States' lags behind its European and Asian peers.

The numbers alone make a case against drawing lessons from Finland. In Finland, there are approximately 1.2 million total students (of all levels). That's about the same number of students in New York City's public education system. While Finland is relatively homogeneous, the U.S. is home to a diverse, multi-ethnic population. Finland reaps revenue from its large corporate taxes, cushioning its public education system while the U.S. simply does not.

So, why look to Finland? In short, the country has taken calculated risks. It's got their million dollar question right. On the state level, the U.S. could learn a lot from Finland's unconventional moves.




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This article was about how the school system in Finland compares to the US school system. After reading this I was really interested in whether or not it would ever be possible for the US education system to make changes drastic enough to get the kind of results other countries receive every year. The Finnish education system has a completely different system, focusing on the success of students based on the success of the teachers, along with other factors like the amount of daily activity and amount of time spent in the classroom. Hopefully the US finds a way to create a system with results as good as those of others countries.

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Photos: Sochi's Mysterious Knitting Man Through History

Photos: Sochi's Mysterious Knitting Man Through History | Finland | Scoop.it
Tapping into the vast research resources at our disposal, it seems that whoever The Knitter is, this is definitely not his first appearance in History. (You thought the only Finns in Sochi were the athletes?
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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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Why Helsinki is Scandinavia's new food capital - Grown-up Travel Guide

Why Helsinki is Scandinavia's new food capital - Grown-up Travel Guide | Finland | Scoop.it
The Finnish capital is a food-lover's paradise - get there before the word gets out!

Yeah, you read that right – Helsinki, people! So roll over Copenhagen, and tell Stockholm the news – the Finnish capital has seemingly come from nowhere to become the hottest place for food lovers in Scandinavia. Before the inevitable barrage of indignant responses rains down upon Grown-up Travel Guide Towers from supporters of the other bastions of the ‘New Nordic’ movement let me state that I am going to back up this claim. In fact, I’m going to give you no less than 10 very good reasons why you should make for Helsinki if you want to experience the next big thing before the Michelin man realises what’s going on and everybody hears about it. By the way, you at the back there. Yes Oslo, I’m talking to you. You’ve got a lot of work to do…

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Helsinki Photo Competition 2013 - FINISHED!

Helsinki Photo Competition 2013 - FINISHED! | Finland | Scoop.it

3rd place: Swans swimming during winterwww.flickr.com/photos/vivelafrance/8539411979/Image by g u i l l a u m e

See all the photos: 

http://www.flickr.com/groups/helsinkiphotocompetition2013/

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Helsinki Unveils Europe's First Bitcoin ATM | Zero Hedge

Helsinki Unveils Europe's First Bitcoin ATM | Zero Hedge | Finland | Scoop.it

While Canada has had Bitcoin ATMs for over a month, bringing the virtual currency closer to mainstream acceptance; Bittiraha.fi reports that at one of the busiest spots in Helsinki, the Finns have opened the first permanent Bitcoin ATM installation in Europe. With the Chinese shunning the crypto-currency for now but the Swiss inching towards a broader acceptance, the appearance of ATMs (like this one at a well-known Finnish record store in the Helsinki railway station) will only serve to stoke the public interest.

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Video: Meet Aatu, Finland's friendly, domesticated reindeer

Video: Meet Aatu, Finland's friendly, domesticated reindeer | Finland | Scoop.it
This is not your typical reindeer. While others are gearing up to guide Santa's sleigh, Aatu, a Finnish reindeer is working on his tableside manners, munching on moss and staying warm indoors. 
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In Finland, a woman has domesticated a reindeer named Aatu. Aatu was adopted when he was abandoned in the wilderness by his mother. Aatu is very friendly with his owner and loves to eat moss. my question is how long do these reindeers live for?

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Catchbox Is A Throwable Microphone To Get The Audience Talking | TechCrunch

Catchbox Is A Throwable Microphone To Get The Audience Talking | TechCrunch | Finland | Scoop.it

Throw the mic in the air like you just don't care. Catchbox is a new throwable microphone designed to liven up audience participation, and in turn reduce the faffing around that seems to occur whenever a conference turns to questions from the audienc.

 

The Finland-based hardware startup isn’t just targeting events with large audiences, such as tech conferences. Other markets include education, company meetings, and consultants (here I’m envisaging those team-building experts with their endless supply of counterintuitively awkward ice-breakers, or motivational speaker types).

 

“There is a high expected value from every group session in those fields so we want to provide a tool that would make each session more efficient,” says Studers. “[The] internet has created new ways for sharing. We want to enhance sharing of ideas when people physically come together”.

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Christmas lights up the Helsinki night - thisisFINLAND

Christmas lights up the Helsinki night - thisisFINLAND | Finland | Scoop.it
Our holiday slideshow contradicts the idea that the northern winter is a time of lingering darkness. Bring on the light!
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Traditions of Finland bring warmth and light

Traditions of Finland bring warmth and light | Finland | Scoop.it

" To understand why the holidays are so important to Finnish families - indeed, to everyone of Scandinavian background - consider the context.

So many of my food memories of Finland are vivid summer ones - freshly smoked salmon, just-picked forest blueberries and moccasin-shaped Karelian pastries, all in a country so close to the Arctic Circle that the estival sun shines until midnight.

In winter, the script is entirely flipped. The freezing temperatures limit food options to meats, cured fish, root vegetables, pickles and preserves. The sea is iced over, so fresh fish - so abundant in the summer - is in short supply. And if snow is late, winter in Finland is an especially dark time. Perhaps that's the reason Scandinavians place such importance on the holiday season inside their homes."

 

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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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The US Ambassador To Finland Sent A Great Holiday Card

The US Ambassador To Finland Sent A Great Holiday Card | Finland | Scoop.it

The US Ambassador to Finland sent the best Christmas Card. Of course the Finns are known for their love of the sauna, so it's culturally spot on. 
 

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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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Captain Teemu Selanne: Don't sleep on Finland at Olympics - USA TODAY

Captain Teemu Selanne: Don't sleep on Finland at Olympics - USA TODAY | Finland | Scoop.it

With prognosticators seeming to be favoring a Russia-Canada Olympic hockey final, Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne figures he might as well go with the flow.

"Hopefully I can get some tickets to that game," he said with a laugh.

Then he got serious and pointed out that Olympics are always rife with upsets and hopes his Finnish team can be part of that equation.


"If somebody takes us lightly, they're going to be in trouble."

Finland has been doing that frequently in the Olympics. Since the NHL started sending its players in 1998, Finland has won three medals — bronze in 1998, silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010 — more than any country.

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Tweet from @Gotham3

Tweet from @Gotham3 | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish Lapland trees in winters. http://t.co/E2GVQIgQsz
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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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Life, Art, Words, by Boel Westin; Sculptor’s Daughter, by Tove Jansson - FT.com

Life, Art, Words, by Boel Westin; Sculptor’s Daughter, by Tove Jansson - FT.com | Finland | Scoop.it

How the author of the Moomin books created a children’s fantasy in tune with the postwar world


Sculptor’s Daughter tells us as much about Jansson’s formative years and the genesis of her most famous creation as any biography could, in succinct, dreamlike prose shot through with striking images and turns of phrase. Its themes are the consolations of home, the certainties of family relationships, the contentments of childhood – the same things that have kept the Moomins forging stoically on.

 

Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words, by Boel Westin, translated by Silvester Mazzarella, Sort of Books, RRP£25, 528 pages

Sculptor’s Daughter, by Tove Jansson, translated by Kingsley Hart, Sort of Books, RRP£9.99, 192 pages



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Head to Kemi for a Vacation Filled with Reindeer Soup and Survival Suits

Head to Kemi for a Vacation Filled with Reindeer Soup and Survival Suits | Finland | Scoop.it

Does your ideal vacation involve sub-zero temperatures, survival suits, cream of smoked reindeer soup, and being able to see your breath in your hotel room? Then meet your dream destination: Kemi, Finland.

Located on the Bothnian Bay in the Lapland region, Kemi is home to around 23,000 people. Every winter, visitors flock to the town to experience its two star attractions: the Sampo, a 250-foot icebreaking ship, and LumiLinna, a castle built out of snow.

 

Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world's hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura.

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In Finland, there are two attractions that are causing over 23,000 people to flock to Bothnian Bay. The Sampo, a 250 ft icebreaking ship is used to get tourists out onto the ice. Than, they are allowed to take a plunge in the water in survival suits. I wonder how much this trip costs?

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Filmmakers Talk About Living With Finland's Reindeer Cowboys

Filmmakers Talk About Living With Finland's Reindeer Cowboys | Finland | Scoop.it

When filmmakers Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel started looking for modern-day cowboys to follow for their new documentary, they didn't start in the American West. Instead, they looked to Finland (map).

Oreck and Teel are fascinated by how people interact with the world around them, and their film, Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, brings viewers into the lives of Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki. The two brothers lead a collective of herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in Finland.

The film was nominated for best documentary feature at this year'sTribeca Film Festival.

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Why Students Do Better Overseas

Why Students Do Better Overseas | Finland | Scoop.it
The United States has much to learn from other countries, especially in preparing teachers and paying for schools.

Finland: Teacher Training

Though it dropped several rankings in last year’s tests, Finland has for years been in the highest global ranks in literacy and mathematical skills. The reason dates to the postwar period, when Finns first began to consider creating comprehensive schools that would provide a quality, high-level education for poor and wealthy alike. These schools stand out in several ways, providing daily hot meals; health and dental services; psychological counseling; and an array of services for families and children in need. None of the services are means tested. Moreover, all high school students must take one of the most rigorous required curriculums in the world, including physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy, music and at least two foreign languages.

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Joulupukki

Joulupukki | Finland | Scoop.it
is Finnish and means the one and only Santa Claus living in Lapland.
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Press Freedom Index 2013 - Reporters Without Borders

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

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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Winter swims and woodland spirits in Finland

Winter swims and woodland spirits in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

"“North Karelia is home to the largest population of bears, wolves and lynxes in Finland,” explains my guide, Katariina Pennanen, as we tramp through the snowy pine forest. After this tantalising yet alarming statement, she then hurriedly reassures me that the chances of running into one of these toothy creatures while snowshoeing through the woods is very low. I'm apparently much more likely to find evidence of trolls. No, really..."

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The Life Account – a new nordic social security model - Reforminstitutet

The Life Account – a new nordic social security model - Reforminstitutet | Finland | Scoop.it

Increasingly countries around the world struggle to provide welfare and social security in world where high unemployment, an aging population and increasing expectations erode public finances. Over the past decades some of the most accomplished economists in the world, such as Josef Stiglitz and Martin Feldstein have identified a method for combining a safety net with a much lower marginal tax wedge. The Finnish think tank Libera has packaged these ideas into a clear and feasible proposal.

Libera’s Life account is a concrete model for transforming the current welfare state to a new version, 2.0. The life account is a form of a personal welfare account, which improves the incentives to work, employ and save. Compared with a conventional tax-transfer system, it reduces social insurance expenditure. The model allows to combine work income and social benefits, leaving the initial need testing to the individual. It reduces the tax wedge and allows for more flexible employment by households and individuals. The life account also encourages individual saving, financial planning and the accumulation of private wealth.

 Read the full report here. http://www.reforminstitutet.se/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Life-Account.pdf
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