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Title: Finland Advanced, articulate and always on time (and no grid-lock)


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FinlandAdvanced, articulate and always on
time(and no grid-lock)
Briefing for Canadian Clients 2007
  • A.N. Cooligan
  • Canadian Embassy, Helsinki

2
Basics
  • 5.2 Million people
  • 15.5 per square km
  • 62 urban , 38 rural
  • Principle Cities
  • Helsinki Metropolitan Area 1 million
  • Helsinki 560,000, Espoo 232,000, Vantaa
    187,000
  • Tampere 204,000, Turku 175,000 Oulu 129,000
  • Sami population 6,500
  • Two official languages
  • 300,000 Swedish mother tongue
  • 92 Finnish mother tongue
  • 83 Lutheran

3
Important Dates
1155 First Crusade to Finland by Swedes. Finland becomes part of Swedish realm
1809 Finland is handed over to Russia by Sweden and becomes an autonamous Grand Duchy under the Russian Czar
1917 Finland declares independance on December 6
1919 The present constituation is adopted and Finland becomes a republic
1955 Finland joins the United Nations
1995 Finland joins the EU
2002 Finland adopts the Euro
4
Economy
  • 6 growth in GDP (2006)
  • 1 less due to 6 week strike and lock-out in
    paper sector
  • Exports lead growth
  • Unemployment expected to drop to 7 in 2007
  • Yet companies predict layoffs and operations move
    overseas
  • Room for much consolidation within the paper
    industry
  • Large firms claim they will keep HQ in Finland
    regardless of subcontractors following them
    abroad
  • 3 Sectors of Economy
  • ICT
  • Forestry
  • Steel, mining

5
Education
  • PISA Results 2000 and 2003
  • Top in reading, mathematics, and science
  • 2006 results in December 2007
  • Consistent delivery across the country
  • Ministry of Education and National Board of
    Education establish curriculum
  • Finland spent 6.1 of GDP in 2003, slightly below
    OECD average of 6.3 (per student 7,500 US vs
    12,000 US in USA)
  • Lunch provided everyday
  • School age 7-16
  • Free university
  • Monthly stipend
  • Foreign languages starts at age 8-9
  • Second language (Finnish or Swedish) mandatory
    from grade 7

6
Politics Today
  • Head of State President Mrs. Tarja Halonen
  • Elected in 2000 reelected in 2006
  • President is elected for 6 year term by direct
    popular vote
  • Parliament
  • One chamber with 200 members
  • Members elected for 4 year term
  • Election March 18, 2007
  • Coalition government headed by Prime Minister
    Matti Vanhanen
  • 20 ministers
  • Centre Patry, National Coalition Party, the GReen
    League, and the Swedish Poeples Party
  • Canada identified as key partner

7
Average Incomes
Men Women
Finland 38, 251 26, 365
Canada 40, 300 25, 600
Source Statistics Canada, Statistics Finland Men
25,172, Women 17,350
8
World Leader in TechnologyStrong Support
Infrastructure for Research
  • Tekes
  • Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and
    Innovation
  • VTT
  • Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Academy of Finland
  • Primary Research
  • SITRA
  • Public Innovation Fund
  • Reports directly to Parliament

9
World Leader in Tecnology
For a country with cold winters... District
heating melts sidewalks of capital
26 of Finlands energy derived from bioenergy,
predominantly from the forestry sector
10
World Leader in Tecnology
For a country without tall buildings... world
leader in elevators
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World Leader in Tecnology
For a country without great diving... world
leader in underwater navigation devices
Finland has developed expertise in heart-rate
monitors, strong in wellness industries
12
World Leader in Tecnology
For a country rich in forest resources... Improved
methods for wood treatment
ICT applications used throughout all sectors
13
World Leader in Tecnology
  • Mobility
  • Nokia Q1-07 36 market share
  • VoIP, IP convergence, IPTV
  • Canadian technologies integrated into Nokia
    products
  • Nokia Siemens Network
  • 10 of wireless calls are actually wireless
  • - infrastructure integral

14
World Leader in Tecnology
  • Everyday applications
  • use a credit card to enter and leave parking
    garage
  • swipe smart cards on trams and buses.
  • Buy bus tickets by sms
  • pre-purchase and assign seating at movies
  • airline check-in and seat selection by sms
  • start the sauna by sms
  • Integrated banking
  • whats a cheque?

15
Canada Finland
  • Value of bilateral commercial relations
  • 4.6 Billion CAN

based on exchange rate of 1.4
16
Canada Finland
  • Value of bilateral commercial relations - 2005

Canadian Exports to Finland 433,236,000 CAN
Finnish Exports to Canada 1,217,548,000 CAN
Finnish Direct Investment to Canada 2,778 Million CAN
Canadian Direct Investment to Finland 199 Million CAN
Source Statistics Canada
Total Bilateral 4,627,784,000 Or 4.6
Billion CAN
17
ST and Research Cooperation with Canada
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Space
  • Addiction, Substance Abuse
  • Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement
  • Industrial Securitry Cooperation
  • 813 joint research projects between Canadian and
    Finnish Universities

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Canadian Embassy in HelsinkiOur Team
  • Anne-Marie Bourcier, Ambassador
  • Andrée Cooligan, Commercial Program Manager
  • Johan Nyman, Trade Commissioner
  • Nina Tiittanen, Trade Commissioner Assistant
  • Seppo Vihersaari, Trade Commissioner
  • Tel. 09-22 85 30 Web infoexport.gc.ca/fi
  • Fax. 09-60 10 60 Web canada.fi
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