Mayor comes home with lessons from Finland

One of the purposes of the visit was to gain insight into how Finland and the Baltic countries had managed to retain their independence under the threat of the regional power, the Soviet Union, said Ko.

Ko believes that innovation is the only way out for Finland, a country with scarce natural resources and a poor demographic dividend due to a low birth rate. The operations of the state-owned VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, for example, could be a source of inspiration for Taiwan, as it pioneers in technological innovation and offers solutions to social problems, he said.

Thank God he didn’t visit Sweden.

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Doesn’t Finland have a shitload of trees?

Oh, and supposedly black swans. You never know what they’ll do.

Well Finland fought Russia to a stalemate. Interesting how he doesn’t mention that.

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Hence Ikea…oh wait, that’s Sweden.