The world is rapidly moving towards digitalisation and automation in all areas of society. Yet some of the most digitally advanced economies in the world are struggling to sustain digital growth and innovation – Finland being one of them. This years’ Digital Evolution Index places Finland in the Stall Out Zone; a category for digitally advanced countries that have reached so-called “digital plateaus” of slowing momentum in terms of digital growth.
"Are you sure? Are you sure?!" -- M., a 37-year-old father from Iraq, kept repeating the question after receiving a phone call with the news that he had won the $6.4 million jackpot in a lottery in the United States in late 2015. Shortly afterwards he hopped on a plane from Baghdad to collect his prize.
“The man from Baghdad showed up unannounced in a state office building in Salem, Oregon, with a piece of paper in his hand that said he was worth $6.4 million.
As Russia plans its biggest military exercise in years, Finland is reportedly going underground. This is according to The Washington Times and various other media sources, which claim that 200 kilometres of tunnels, passageways and shelters are being built underneath Helsinki in order to protect residents and the government from potential Russian hostilities.
Summers in Finland tend to be relatively chilly compared to elsewhere in the world. Since more than a hundred years back, the median June temperature in Helsinki has, more often then not, been less than 15 degrees Celsius. And yet, this summer, we are experiencing colder weather than usual.
From an average June temperature of 14.5 degrees Celsius since 1900, June this year passed with a mean temperature of 13.7 degrees in Helsinki. At first glance, the difference of 0.7 degrees seems almost irrelevant, yet even minor fluctuations in average temperatures are noticeable during a season when a great amount of activities take place outdoors.
Finland’s economy continues to grow, but the amount of job vacancies is still eclipsed by the number of people searching for work. One reason for this imbalance in the Finnish labour market, according to Equal Times, is the changing nature of modern jobs is leaving a large amount of unemployed people with outdated skill sets.
One industry that is doing very well, however, is the gaming sector.
Sweden is the best country to be an immigrant in, according to a recent survey by U.S. News. Finland takes ninth place, with Norway and Denmark also present in the top ten.
Respondents of the survey ranked eighty countries according to subjective perceptions of economic stability, quality of the job market, income equality, and whether the country is one in which the respondent could imagine living in. Moreover, the percentage of immigrants in a country’s population, the amount of remittances sent home, and an assessment by the United Nations of integration measures provided for immigrants were included in the methodology.
Chances are you've heard of Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, but how about Kaj Franck or Tapio Wirkkala? To celebrate Finland’s centenary, CNN takes a look at the greatest innovators in Finnish design over the last 100 years.
Moving to the current day, Finnish exports are on the rise and Supercell plan on turning Finland into the Hollywood of gaming, while China sees Rovaniemi as a potential destination for its “Arctic Corridor” railway.
This year’s Tuska Open Air Metal was something special as the festival celebrated its 20-year anniversary from June 30 to July 2 at Suvilahti in Helsinki. With headliners like Sabaton and Mastodon, Finnish favourites such as Amorphis, Sonata Arctica and Apocalyptica, as well as international bands that included Soilwork, Mayhem, Suicidal Tendencies and Devin Townsend Project, the lineup was packed with heavy hitters.
Finland and Sweden are now members of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). The British-led military force is a rapid response unit that can support NATO or UN troops anywhere in the world.
While you may have heard that Nokia recently released a new and updated version of their classic 3310 handset, you might not know what the tech giants have up their sleeve next. Bloomberg reveals they want to power a new world of driverless cars and telemedicine.
Elsewhere, Singapore is looking to Finland and Iceland to see how the two Nordic countries have found success in preventing drug abuse among young people.