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22 Ways Finland Wins Christmas

22 Ways Finland Wins Christmas | Finland | Scoop.it
You won't find anywhere more beautiful at this time of year.
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Check these 22 great pictures!

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, December 7, 2013 6:37 AM

Just a Christmas Greeting from FinLand! :-)

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Santa Claus' Hometown Is As Magical As You Imagined It Would Be

Santa Claus' Hometown Is As Magical As You Imagined It Would Be | Finland | Scoop.it

This is Rovaniemi. It's the capital of Lapland, the northernmost province of Finland. It was practically destroyed by the Nazi army in 1944, and so was essentially rebuilt by famed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

Oh, and did we mention, that it happens to be Santa Claus' official earthly residence?

The town has not only Santa's office (where he opens mail, obviously) but also a Santa Park, which is open November 23 through January 11 and official post office.

Need a holiday spirit (albeit a bit early)? Join us for a little Santa fun time.

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Tribute to our brave Finnish soldiers. Happy Independence Day, Finland ♥

http://www.sotainvalidit.fi/ http://www.rautasormus.fi/ music by jean sibelius finlandia hymni
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Happy Independence Day Finland, my home. 

Finlandia Hymn by Sibelius is the song for the day.

"O, Finland, behold, your day is dawning, 
The threat of night has been banished away, 
And the lark of morning in the brightness sings, 
As though the very firmament would sing. 
The powers of the night are vanquished by the morning light, 
Your day is dawning, 
O land of birth. 
O, rise, Finland, raise up high Your head, 
wreathed with great memories. 
O, rise, Finland, you showed to the world 
That you drove away the slavery,
And that you did not bend under oppression, 
Your day has come, 
O land of birth."

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4th graders have a ball at Independence Day bash - YLE News

4th graders have a ball at Independence Day bash - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it

This year that grown-up ball will take place in Tampere, as the president's official residence is undergoing renovation work.

The event gathers pupils from across the city at Finlandia Hall. Children practice dances  and party etiquette throughout the autumn term to prepare for the party, which mimics the formal reception that is normally held each year at the Presidential Palace.

This year that grown-up ball will take place in Tampere, as the president’s official residence is undergoing renovation work. The kids stayed in their normal spot however, and took over Finlandia Hall near Töölönlahti as usual.

It was the 17 time the event was organised, and Helsinki mayor Jussi Pajunen was hosting for the ninth year in a row. Some 5,100 children accepted his invtiation, around 200 more than in 2012.

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In Rovio And Supercell’s Wake, Finland’s Gaming Scene Sees A Renaissance | TechCrunch

In Rovio And Supercell’s Wake, Finland’s Gaming Scene Sees A Renaissance | TechCrunch | Finland | Scoop.it

Somehow, 2013 marked the year that Helsinki became a global gaming capital in its own right.

Maybe it was because Supercell, a humble gaming studio that started back in 2010, blossomed into a $3 billion company in less than a year.

Or maybe it was when Rovio announced the two billionth download for Angry Birds with a dubstep dance on-stage from the Finnish National Ballet. Or...

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Finland Used To Have The Best Education System In The World — What Happened?

Finland Used To Have The Best Education System In The World — What Happened? | Finland | Scoop.it

 

Since it was reformed 40 years ago, Finland's education system has frequently been held up as one of the best in the world.

Today, that changed. Tbe OECD released its PISA global rankings that showed how students in various countries were doing in reading, science, and math. Finland ranked 12th, just behind Estonia.

That's a big drop. Finland had topped the PISA rankings in 2000, 2003, and 2006, and consistently ranked near the top in other years. This year, however, Finnish students had dropped by 2.8% in mathematics, 1.7% in reading and 3% in science.

"The golden days are over," Finnbay, a Finnish news organization wrote just after the results came out.

 
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Can’t wait for Finnish Christmas!

Can’t wait for Finnish Christmas! | Finland | Scoop.it
Get into the holiday spirit with thisisFINLAND's Xmas Calendar: xmas.finland.fi

Each calendar window on this map of Finland shows an activity associated with the Finnish Christmas season, from singing Christmas carols to baking gingerbread, not to mention sledding down snow-covered hills and writing letters to Santa Claus. There's even a Christmas sauna, and Finnish Independence Day is also celebrated in December. Join us in getting into the holiday spirit. You'll understand why we can't wait for Christmas to arrive!

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Teacher Training in Finland: Reflections from a Recent Graduate

Teacher Training in Finland: Reflections from a Recent Graduate | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland believes in high-quality teacher education. Students apply to enter teacher colleges at the end of high school. The small nation’s eight teacher preparation institutions are highly selective. Only one of ten applicants is accepted, based on multiple measures, including an essay, an entry test, an interview, and evidence of a high motivation to teach. In addition to studying liberal arts subjects and the subjects they will teach, future teachers study pedagogy, theory, and conduct research about education. They learn how to teach students with disabilities. They take the study of education seriously. They practice teaching. Preparing to become a teacher takes five years. -Diane Ravitch 
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The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Finland

The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

By now my followers know that I am a big fan of Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg and his book, the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award winning Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? The Harvard Graduate School of Education recently named Sahlberg a visiting professor of practice beginning January 2014.Today I am pleased to welcome Pasi Sahlberg along with Finnish teacher and counselor, Timo Ilomaki, to The Global Search for Education - Got Tech? series to share their perspectives.

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Finland winter holidays: A perfect Finnish in Karelia

Finland winter holidays: A perfect Finnish in Karelia | Finland | Scoop.it
Hidden on the east edge of Finland, Karelia is a region of epic lakes and beauty - not least in winter, when it looks like Narnia. Chris Leadbeater goes in search of Aslan.
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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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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 and Nokia: An affair to remember

Finland and Nokia: An affair to remember | Finland | Scoop.it

 

Pride and diversity. Dependency and acquaintance. Pride and nostalgia. Sun and moon.

These are the answers given by Nokia's vice president of software, the research director of ETLA (the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy), Finland's minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade, and the CEO of Jolla—now Finland's new smartphone hope. The question was: use one word to describe Nokia's historic relationship with Finland and one word to describe it in the future. For those of you confused by the last answer, it has to do with which orbits which.

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Wonderful Finlandia [HD]

Beautiful images from 'Wildes Skandinawien' documentary, Episode 'Finnland' Music: Jean Sibelius - Finlandia http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/expedition...
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Finn-ished

Finn-ished | Finland | Scoop.it

WHEN the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests to focus on maths results were published a decade ago, Finland’s blue-cross flag fluttered near the top of the rankings. Its pupils excelled at numeracy, and topped the table in science and reading. Education reformers found the prospect of non-selective, high-achieving and low-stress education bewitching...

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Twitter / achipa: Aurora borealis over ...

Twitter / achipa: Aurora borealis over ... | Finland | Scoop.it
RT @achipa: Aurora borealis over satakunnansilta, downtown #Tampere http://t.co/bOr87YqpZP
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Twitter / hellolapland: Climbing the Heaven's stairs ...

Twitter / hellolapland: Climbing the Heaven's stairs ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Climbing the Heaven's stairs at Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi #Lapland #Finland http://t.co/9IGEuOSPX6
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Reading the PISA Tea Leaves: Who Is Responsible for Finland’s Decline and the Asian Magic

Reading the PISA Tea Leaves: Who Is Responsible for Finland’s Decline and the Asian Magic | Finland | Scoop.it

While the Finns are right to be concerned about their education, it would be a huge mistake to believe that their education has gotten worse. Finland’s slip in the PISA ranking has little to do with what Finland has or has not done. It has been pushed down by others. In other words, Finland’s education quality as measured by the PISA may have not changed at all and remains strong, but the introduction of other education systems that are even better at taking tests has made Finland appear worse than it really is.

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Let teachers teach, say Finns

Let teachers teach, say Finns | Finland | Scoop.it

In the second film in a series, BBC Wales education correspondent Arwyn Jones asks those in power in Finland how they maintain education standards as the country has topped international rankings in the past.

When the last set of Pisa results came out three years ago, Wales had slipped down the tables and is hoping for a better showing in the latest figures next week.

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Supercell's CEO reveals the culture he built to produce a £2.5 billion company in 2 years (Wired UK)

Supercell's CEO reveals the culture he built to produce a £2.5 billion company in 2 years (Wired UK) | Finland | Scoop.it

"The best people make the best games," says Ilkka Paananen, founder of Finnish gaming startup Supercell. "It sounds simple and perhaps naive, but if you truly believe it then the only thing that matters is getting those people and creating the best possible environment so they stay."

It does sound simple and a little naive, but Supercell'sincredible success hangs over Slush 2013 and is emphasised by the company's opening address to journalists the day before theHelsinki-based startup conference begins. It also doesn't hurt that Supercell is sponsoring Slush's big party and, having earned €1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) for a 51 percent sale in June, the two-year-old company is unlikely to let the bar run dry."

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New Nordic's Cool, But Old Scandinavian Food Holds Its Own

New Nordic's Cool, But Old Scandinavian Food Holds Its Own | Finland | Scoop.it
Scandinavian cuisine is a product of geography and climate, plus some seafaring Viking history.

Although its praises are seldom sung, traditional Scandinavian fare — full of seafood, berries, roots and rye — has a lot to recommend it. To be clear, we're not talking fancy French technique or expansively layered spice palettes. We're talking about simple farm fare, hearty whole grain breads and rich seafood stews, food meant to sustain you during the winter. And according to some studies, it may actually be fairly healthy.

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Marty Roddy's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:28 PM

Love dill...PLUS

Mushrooms, roots crops , peas...MMM

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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 8:51 AM

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

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"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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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 7:02 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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Photographing by Santa's Rules

Photographing by Santa's Rules | Finland | Scoop.it
A Finnish photographer met a man so devoted to his job of impersonating Santa Claus that he couldn’t resist following him around, documenting a real-life fairy tale character on the clock.
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Arctic flowering in Finland

Arctic flowering in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
In its ninth year, Helsinki’s Design Week is a showcase for some of the world’s most exciting and innovative concepts in a country crazy about design
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