Our next destination is the Nordic nation of Finland, known for its enormous population of saunas, its long-lived love affair with Conan O’Brien and caffeine, and now, for its really quiet, really punctual workforce.
This second stop on our journey is part of a ‘round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different nations.
Fins don’t micromanage…
… and they can freak out presenters by asking no questions
Fast Culture Facts for Finland
- 5.5 million – with a very low population density of 18 people per square kilometer
- 2.67 million employed – with a labor participation rate of 68.7 percent – about 5 percentage points higher than the USA’s.
- Finland’s GDP is 275 billion, representing .44 percent of the global economy. It is a leader in exporting technology, and has a healthy startup sector that includes information and communications tech, gaming, cleantech and biotech. Besides being an innovative nation, it is renowned for its education system. Economic challenges include reducing labor costs, boosting exports and dealing with a rapidly aging population.
- Finland is ethnically homogenous, and has been called one of the most discriminatory nations in the EU. It is placing a business focus on diversity, but that focus largely concerns women and equality, an area in which it has gained some advances—30 percent of board seats in major firms are held by women, compared to about 20 percent in the USA. Finland has protected LGBTQ+ citizens from employment and housing discrimination since 2004.
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