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What Is the Purpose of Education?

Alan Singer | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

If appointed by the State Legislature to the Board of Regents, I will use my position as a platform to organize the people of New York to fight for social justice for children, in schools, and in society as a whole.

Mediation: The Real Weapon for Peace

Timo Soini | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Timo Soini

Promoting peaceful and secure societies for all cannot be done with the participation of just a selected few. For peace agreements to be sustainable, more women must contribute to peace negotiations.

Outta My Comfort Zone and Into the Ice in Finland

Christine Negroni | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel
Christine Negroni

In Miami, where I grew up, swimming in the ocean was akin to stepping into the tub; no discernable difference in temperature between the water and the...

Why Are Latinos More Likely to Be Happy?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 01.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Latin Americas and Scandinavians are more likely to be chipper than, say, the Chinese or the Iraqis (of course, there are very real non-genetic reasons for their respective unhappiness too). Is it possible, then, that as more Hispanics intermarry and intermingle and inter-you-know-what, they will spread their happiness genes among more and more Americans?

Will This Year's High School Seniors Get to Witness the Burst of an Economic Bubble?

Alan Singer | Posted 01.18.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

To begin exploring recent global economic developments tied to a Chinese economic downturn students can read and analyze a modified version of a recent New York Times economic report and use it to identify their own questions and topics for research.

The State of Our Union Is Strong (in Oregon)

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The state of Oregon has offered us nearly two weeks of a 21st century governing challenge. One that has demonstrated a durable, resilient democracy among American citizens.

Finland: The Euro vs. The Markka

Tuomas Malinen | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Tuomas Malinen

The debate on the economic woes of Finland continues to revolve around the question whether or not the euro is the blame. Although debate continues to be that of high quality, there is very little evidence to support the arguments made in it.

Why Every Christmas Lover Needs to Visit Rovaniemi, Finland

Travelzoo | Posted 12.24.2015 | Travel
Travelzoo

Snow-sprinkled trees, amazing auroras, rambunctious reindeer... Here's why every Christmas lover needs to visit Rovaniemi, Finland.

2015, You Were Ok. 2016, I Expect Great Things.

Marika Lindström | Posted 12.21.2015 | Good News
Marika Lindström

I'm writing this on Sunday evening sitting on my sofa. I've been wondering where the time has gone? Just now it was summer. I'm sure of it! It was right here, I can still taste the strawberries! We're experiencing an exceptionally warm December and it really doesn't ring any Christmas bells. By the end of the year, it all still feels a lot. 2015. Many changes. Many hurts. Growth.

Finland Is Turning a Big Negative Into a Bigger Positive

Ira Kalb | Posted 12.21.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Anyone that has been watching Finland over the last few years knows that what started as one big disaster is turning into many opportunities that promise a bright future for this Nordic country.

IOS Is The Answer To The Climate-Change Conundrum

Mika Anttonen | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Mika Anttonen

We must utilize research and development to discover entirely new solutions that enable replacing fossil fuels at a sufficient scale. This goal can be achieved only if the largest companies of the world are fully committed to participate in this work.

Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next: Documentary or Propaganda?

Michael Russnow | Posted 12.14.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Michael Moore is known as a documentary filmmaker, and there's no doubt his films strike a populist chord, the result being enormous grosses for a limited audience art form. However, he has a tendency to go beyond the "point of view" aspect of documentary filmmaking which most such filmmakers undertake and in his latest work, Where to Invade Next, he has, for me, gone too far.

Women Need Bigger Role in -- and After -- Paris

Her Excellency Tarja Halonen | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Her Excellency Tarja Halonen

Women still make most of the decisions for example with regards to household purchases. We should therefore expect the Paris agreement to include strong gender provisions to ensure gender equality and the full and equal participation of women in all climate actions.

Finland Wants To Revamp Its Welfare System By Simply Giving People Cash

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business

Finland has a huge economic problem. Unemployment is high and growth is low. The country earned the accolade of being Europe's worst-performing econo...

Why Bill Gates Is Wrong About Climate Action

Oras Tynkkynen | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Oras Tynkkynen

No new technology is required -- only what we already have today. No new levels of achievement are assumed -- only others achieving what some have done already today.

In the Norden, the liberal-democratic model is alive and well.

András Simonyi | Posted 12.07.2015 | World
András Simonyi

The obituary of the liberal-democratic model has already been written, waiting to be published. The doomsayers have made their prediction about the end of the free and democratic world as we know it.

Why Finland Would Be Better Off Without The Euro

Tuomas Malinen | Posted 12.07.2015 | World
Tuomas Malinen

The industrial production of Finland has become too expensive for the depressed global demand and the currency of one of her main export partners, Russia, has depreciated heavily against the euro due to the economic recession.

Finland Plans To Give Every Citizen A Monthly Check For $870

TakePart | Jade Walker | Posted 12.07.2015 | World

The basic income plan would replace other welfare programs....

Connecting the Green Dots

Risto Kuulasmaa | Posted 12.09.2015 | Green
Risto Kuulasmaa

We're beaming through the darkness. My friend turns off the motorboat engine and we glide in silence on the mild rocking waves of the Baltic Sea. ...

Nordics Show How It Can Be Done

Oras Tynkkynen | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Oras Tynkkynen

Cutting carbon pollution is going to hurt the economy and require new technology we can hardly even imagine. Or is it really? A fresh study, Green to ...

Energy Efficiency Makes More Out of Less

Teija Lahti-Nuuttila | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Teija Lahti-Nuuttila

Global warming cannot be stopped by simply developing energy production. We need new methods to decrease energy consumption without sacrificing the standard of living.

Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared to European Cops?

The Conversation US | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

Such massive disparities defy a simple explanation, but America's gun culture is clearly an important factor. Unlike European nations, most states make it easy for adults to purchase handguns for self-defense and to keep them handy at nearly all times.

In Finland, Big Businesses Get Scrappy with Startups

Erica Swallow | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
Erica Swallow

In the old factory district of Helsinki, Finland, in a 4,000-square-foot electric power plant known simply as Kattilahalli ("boiler hall"), more than 500 developers and creatives gathered for the largest hackathon ever held in the Nordics.

From Rings To Pacifiers, Smart Devices Place Greater Emphasis On Healthy Living

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology

HELSINKI (AP) -- After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator. "Wellness" compute...

'Clash Of Clans' Company Made An Absurd Amount Of Money Last Year

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 11.02.2015 | Technology

HELSINKI (AP) -- Mobile gaming company Supercell is now reportedly Finland's biggest money-maker, with a taxable income nearly 10 times that of one-t...