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Finland's flexible work blueprint

Aug 14, 2019
Finland's Working Hours Act allows employees to adjust their schedule to work three hours earlier or later.

A melting Arctic could be key to faster global internet

Sep 26, 2018
With the rise of big data, the internet of things and automated factories, existing internet infrastructure's getting clogged.
Jussi Pekka Joensuu, an adviser for Cinia, holds up a piece of internet sea cable at Cinia's offices in Helsinki. Most global internet communications travel on the 745,000 miles of sea cables buried beneath the ocean floor.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

The world's unlikely capital of heavy metal

Sep 7, 2018
When a tiny, rural Finnish town of 3,000 residents earned the title it presented a wild opportunity.
Finnish thrash metal band Stam1na performing at the 2014 Rakuuna Rock festival in Lappeenranta, Finland. The band's hometown Lemi, population 3,076, was recently crowned the Capital of Metal.
Tuomas Vitkainen/Wikimedia Commons

Can Finland sustain its current economic model?

Dec 28, 2016
Economic growth has been sluggish.
Tiina Vaahtio and Verna Vuoripuro both attend Aalto University's business school. Universities in Finland have already laid off staff, anticipating government funding cuts.
Sarah Gardner

Finland's "baby box" is a tradition full of nudges

Dec 28, 2016
The box of baby items for expectant mothers is designed, in part, to push moms toward best practices.
The 2016 version of Finland's "baby box," free for all expectant moms, includes baby blankets, onesies, socks, a baby book and a snowsuit.
Annika Söderblom © Kela.

Finland to test a basic income for the unemployed

Dec 13, 2016
Conservatives hope a basic income can cut other welfare costs.
Olli Kangas is leading Finland's basic income experiment. Kangas says the government favors "evidence-based" policy making, testing social programs before enacting them.
Sarah Gardner

What's up, Europe? The Helsinki chapter

Jun 20, 2012
In Finland, worries about Greece abound. But it's the struggles of cell-phone maker -- and homegrown company -- Nokia that really have people talking.

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Nokia announces more layoffs

Feb 8, 2012
Nokia is to Finland what General Motors once was to the U.S. But as the company fades, it opens up room for new, smaller tech companies to matter.

Smaller euro countries fear pressure from France, Germany

Dec 8, 2011
Representatives from countries like Finland fear that tomorrow's summit could force their hand on some issues, and create a new culture in the eurozone where powerful countries trump the rest.
European leaders have agreed on austerity measures to prevent further economic turmoil. But the country's that are less well off may not be able to grow as much in the future.
Photo Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images