What’s So Great About Finland?

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They have high taxes rates (45%) and one of the most egalitarian countries in the world.

So why does it work?

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Fifty years ago, Finland was known for little more than the wood pulp from its endless forests. A poverty-stricken land of poorly educated loggers and farmers on the edge of the Arctic Circle, few paid it any attention.

Today, this small Nordic nation boasts a thriving hi-tech economy ranked the most competitive in the world, the best educated citizenry of all the industrialized countries, and a welfare state that has created one of the globe’s most egalitarian societies.

Envious policymakers from far and wide are beating a path to Helsinki to learn the secrets of Finland’s success.

“We have a saying here,” chuckles Stefan NygÃ¥rd, a university lecturer, as he swings his baby daughter gently, soothing her to sleep. “If you are Finnish, you’ve won the lottery.”

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