9/08/2005

This is Finland

This is my second day in Helsinki. I am not planning to say anything related to what president Chirac said in July this year about Finish food.

Finland is a very interesting country. It is a country where an epic poem led to a succesful independence movement. I remember attending a moving theatrical performance of Kalevala by Parapanda Theatre Lab at the National Museum in Tanzania in 2000. The building where the conference sessions are taking place, Finlandia Hall, was designed by the famous Finish architect, Alvar Aalto.
Finland, which gave Nokia to the world, is the least corrupt country in the world according the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index.
It is also the the most Globally Competetive country in the world according to the World Economic Competetiveness Index.
Despite Finland being one of the most wired nation in the world, blogging hasnt become popular yet. The Finish world for blog is verkkopäiväkrija. One of the leading bloggers in Finland is an America IT professional.

1 comment:

some Finn said...

"Despite Finland being one of the most wired nation in the world, blogging hasnt become popular yet." W00t?? Blogging is very popular in Finland. You probably haven't come across Finnish blogs because they are in Finnish. And, we do call blogs just blogs, most of us.. 'verkkopäiväkirja' sounds pretty weird. :)

Some guys started the annual Finnish blog awards called Kultainen Kuukkeli. List of Finnish blogs: http://www.blogilista.fi/
Kultainen Kuukkeli winners for 2003: http://www.blogit.fi/kuukkeli/?itemid=21