What makes the Finnish education system interesting to others?

Pasi Sahlberg / 
April 25, 2013

Education in Finland has traditionally been considered a service that society provides in order to educate people and train them for working life. This is why our success in...

From words to action

Markus Kokko / 
April 18, 2013

Europe is struggling with a prolonged economic crisis, unemployment is growing, and economic growth – where it still exists – is at risk of stopping in its tracks. The...

Technology: Bringing the world to schools

Kaisa Vähähyyppä / 
April 11, 2013

What on earth do we need technology for in schools? Surely, we can learn without it just as well. Finland has excelled in Pisa tests even though our schools...

Pedagogy as the engine, technology as the trailer

Auri Kohola / 
April 4, 2013

The Government’s efforts to make Finland part of the information society have been reflected in the number of information technology purchases by schools over the past two decades. Schools...

Out with participation

Simo Vassinen / 
March 28, 2013

I got sick of Helsinki. So last autumn, I handed over my apartment to a Norwegian friend and fled town with just a suitcase and backpack in tow. The...

Just five steps to health technology success

Terhi Kajaste / 
March 21, 2013

I was recently involved in the launch of the Living Lab environment at Vantaa’s Katriina hospital. It provides a real hospital environment for testing and implementing new technology-based innovations....

Thinking Outside the Box

Timo Helosuo / 
March 14, 2013

Thinking Outside the Box is an approach often used to develop new products or improve the competitiveness of an organisation. It sounds easy, but if it doesn’t lead to...

Idea – invention – innovation?

Miia Fohlin / 
March 7, 2013

I once tried to explain the difference between an innovation and an invention to a person I didn’t know. The person wanted to apply for a job at the...

Startups are disrupting more than just the gaming industry

Kristoffer Lawson / 
February 28, 2013

Finland has gotten a lot of positive attention in foreign media recently with the rise of gaming powerhouses like Rovio and Supercell. Happily, the startup buzz in Finland is...

Warning: log houses have positive health effects

Pekka Elo / 
February 21, 2013

Experience has shown that living in houses that consist largely of wood offer people health benefits. The reason for this is that solid wood log structures create good indoor...

Why not?

Henriikka Ahtiainen / 
February 14, 2013

Over the past few months, I’ve been wondering how presentable Finns sometimes become once they cross over into another country. The social culture of the Finnish community in Berlin...