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What The US Could Learn From Finland About Education | The New Republic

What The US Could Learn From Finland About Education | The New Republic | Finland | Scoop.it
In comparison to the United States and many other industrialized nations, the Finns have implemented a radically different model of educational reform—based on a balanced curriculum and professionalization, not testing. Not only do Finnish educational authorities provide students with far more recess than their U.S. counterparts—75 minutes a day in Finnish elementary schools versus an average of 27 minutes in the U.S.—but they also mandate lots of arts and crafts, more learning by doing, rigorous standards for teacher certification, higher teacher pay, and attractive working conditions.
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In Finland's Footsteps - washingtonpost.com

In Finland's Footsteps - washingtonpost.com | Finland | Scoop.it
If We're So Rich and Smart, Why Aren't We More Like Them?

Finns have one of the world's most generous systems of state-funded educational, medical and welfare services, from pregnancy to the end of life. They pay nothing for education at any level, including medical school or law school.
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Bill Clinton Says America Should Be More Like Finland

Bill Clinton Says America Should Be More Like Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
In his opening remarks at CGI, former President Bill Clinton said America should be more like the tiny, social democratic Finland—then promised that would be his lone political statement.
Clinton said some Americans want to cut government—a not so veiled reference to the Tea Party and GOP—but that an effective public sector is necessary to support nonprofits and businesses. “Our friends in Finland have done a pretty admirable job,” he continued.
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Conan Video - A Tribute To Finland's Nokia Ringtone 03/01/11 - TeamCoco.com

Conan Video - A Tribute To Finland's Nokia Ringtone 03/01/11 - TeamCoco.com | Finland | Scoop.it
Conan prepares a tribute to one of Finland's greatest achievements: The Nokia Ringtone!
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In Pictures: The World's 10 Happiest Countries - No. 3: Finland - Forbes.com

In Pictures: The World's 10 Happiest Countries - No. 3: Finland - Forbes.com | Finland | Scoop.it
No. 3: Finland
Excellent education, universal health care, plentiful personal freedoms, trusted government, peaceful. Lots of R&D and low business startup costs give the Finns economic strength. But as is to be expected in a country with the highest redistribution of wealth, only 75% of Finns believe working hard will help them get ahead.
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Best Countries in the World - Newsweek

Best Countries in the World - Newsweek | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland NR 1!!!
"Finland is a pretty great place to be--the best actually. It ranked the highest overall and also comes in as the best small country, the best high-income country, and the best country for education."
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Sports in Finland

Sports in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
I kid you not. The wife carrying competition is very popular in Finland, though it doesn’t actually have to be your wife. And the winner gets the woman's weight in beer.
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Finnish 2010 growth capped by Nokia struggles

Finnish 2010 growth capped by Nokia struggles | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland's economy grew 3.1 percent last year, a touch below most forecasters estimates as the struggles of flagship company Nokia (NOK1V.HE) kept a lid on an otherwise healthy recovery.
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Nokia's 15-year tango to avoid Microsoft • The Register

Analysis If you want to understand the existentialist despair of many Nokia staff today, then you need to understand how thoroughly its entire business has been about avoiding Microsoft.

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Ronald McDonald Beheaded: Finnish Activists Capture Fast-Food Icon - TIME NewsFeed

Ronald McDonald Beheaded: Finnish Activists Capture Fast-Food Icon   - TIME NewsFeed | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish food activists don't mess around.
A group of anti-McDonald's extremists have chosen terrorist-like tactics in order to get their message across. First they kidnapped a statue of the fast food franchise's iconic figure, Ronald McDonald.


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Sightseeing Europe: The Artists' Haunts in Helsinki, Finland

Sightseeing Europe: The Artists' Haunts in Helsinki, Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Elite, Kosmos and Ateljé Finne, known as artists' haunts, are traditional choices for artists and people who like enjoying good food in an artsy atmosphere.
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Good News from Finland - Nokia to build manufacturing site in Vietnam

Good News from Finland - Nokia to build manufacturing site in Vietnam | Finland | Scoop.it
Nokia has set itself the target of connecting ‘the next billion’ to the internet and according to a press release issued by the company, the Vietnam project will specifically contribute to this. There is plenty of potential. Almost 90% of the world’s population lives within range of a mobile signal yet there are 3.2 billion people who do not own a mobile device.
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Finland Now Famous for Casino Blackjack Card Games, Snow and Nokia | Blackjack Champ

Finland Now Famous for Casino Blackjack Card Games, Snow and Nokia | Blackjack Champ | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is the new blackjack capital of the world as an amazing 82% of all table games in the country are exclusively reserved for blackjack.
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Conan Video - Finland Dominates Arch Rival Sweden - TeamCoco.com

Conan Video -  Finland Dominates Arch Rival Sweden - TeamCoco.com | Finland | Scoop.it
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VisitFinland - Winter Activities - The Official Travel and Tourism Portal of Finnish Tourist Board

VisitFinland - Winter Activities - The Official Travel and Tourism Portal of Finnish Tourist Board | Finland | Scoop.it
Here in Finland, we know a thing or two about snow. In northern Finland there are snow flurries already in September, and snow on the ground from November until May. So, as the snow lies thick on the roof and a warm fire burns in the tile stove, we've had time to think of a few things to do in the winter. Poke your nose out the door. The air is dry, cold and fresh. The spruce branches are heavy with snow; the skis are leaning against the wall. What will you do today? Ski, go for a dogsled ride, go ice fishing? The winter awaits.
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People Of Finland: Watch CONAN Online All This Week!

People Of Finland: Watch CONAN Online All This Week! | Finland | Scoop.it
Now, Conan looks like the President of Finland. He's had the run of the Presidential Palace. The Finnish people have had a gigantic rally in Coco's honor. Conan is a GOLDEN GOD in Finland, yet... Conan's show not on TV in Finland. You read that correctly, Sugarsnap: For some INSANE REASON, our show is NOT ON THE AIR IN FINLAND. This is lunacy. This is madness. THIS. WILL. NOT. STAND.
It's time to show the Finnish powers that be that we won't lie down and take this injustice lightly! So here's our plan to force the lawyers to put us on the air in Finland:
Starting right this second, we are completely opening up our website to Finland.
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In Europe, Finland dials up the diplomatic heat | Reuters

In Europe, Finland dials up the diplomatic heat | Reuters | Finland | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Finland may not top the list of the world's power brokers, but when it comes to dealing with the big issues in international affairs, no one sweats it quite like the Finns -- literally.Saunas
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Finland's Heikkinen wins 15K cross-country in Oslo - Olympic ...

Matti Heikkinen has won the first gold medal for Finland at the Nordic world skiing championships, holding off two Norwegians ...
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Digitalkoot helps National Library of Finland digitize old newspapers | The Daily Crowdsource - #1 site for crowdsourcing news

Digitalkoot helps National Library of Finland digitize old newspapers | The Daily Crowdsource - #1 site for crowdsourcing news | Finland | Scoop.it
The National Library of Finland on February 8 2011, launched a national e-program that is tasked to digitize Finland’s historical documents and material. (RT @raesmaa: Digitalkoot helps National Library of Finland digitize old newspapers http://bit.ly/gEriLZ #crowd… (cont) http://deck.ly/~guCsJ)
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Relaxing like the Finns do - MLuxe – Distinctive Home Style

Relaxing like the Finns do - MLuxe – Distinctive Home Style | Finland | Scoop.it
The MLuxe blog from Marvin Windows and Doors explores ways to style, build, design and remodel your home into your ideal living ...
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Former Nokia CEO Kalle Isokallio is wondering about the fuss in Finland concerning Nokia and Microsoft collaboration

In his blog the former CEO of Nokia Kalle Isokallio criticizes both Finnish politicians as well as other critics that do not see the opportunity of this new partnership that Microsoft and Nokia has created.
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Converse ♥ Marimekko - Co-Branding

Shot in Helsinki, this short film tells the story of the collaboration between Converse and Finnish textile icon Marimekko. The cinematic portrait celebrates the timeless spirit that both brands are born out of and unveils the story behind the women's focused Converse x Marimekko Spring 2011 collection. The film's soundtrack features tracks by Finnish music artists Husky Rescue and Uusi Fantasia.
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