Finland is a vibrant and extremely well performing country with a culture of innovation and problem-solving. One of the key strengths of Finnish society is its high regard for education and life-long learning.

The latest knowledge, continuous learning and a desire for new insights are indispensable for success in the changing world. High-quality education at all levels leads to independent thinkers and creates success. Education is key to Finland’s achievements and its leading position in numerous metrics of national performance and global rankings and surveys of business achievement.

Success in Education

Finnish higher education among the best in world

According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014–2015, Finland’s higher education and training is the best in the world. Source: www.weforum.org

The IMD World Talent Report rated Finland’s educational system 2nd and university education 5th globally. Source: www.imd.org

PIAAC 2013, the largest survey of adult skills, showed that Finnish adults rank second in the OECD in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving, and live in a technology rich environment. Source: www.oecd.org

Finnish executive education in the top 1%

Finland’s Aalto University School of Business ranked 2nd among Nordic Business Schools in the Financial Times Business Education rankings and Aalto University Executive Education also ranked high. Source: www.ft.com/intl/business-education  

The Aalto Executive MBA is among the best in Europe, and its participants have the best Nordic salary trend. Source: rankings.ft.com

Finland and PISA

For years, Finland has been among the top countries in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings and is the best in Europe for science. PISA assesses to what extent students aged 15 have acquired the knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in society, and the variation in these skills over time. Source: www.oecd.org

Finland Among the best for Business Innovation and Competitiveness

The most competitive economy in Europe

According to the World Economic Forum’s Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report 2014, Finland is the most competitive economy in Europe – "an innovation powerhouse with smart growth, focus on education and groundwork for tech innovation." Source: www.weforum.org

Second most innovative country

Finland emerged as the second most innovative country in the world in the Global Competitiveness Report 2015–2016, which evaluated 140 of the world’s economies on various measures of innovation. Source: www.weforum.org

Second in Cleantech

Finland ranked second in the Global Cleantech Innovation Index published by WWF and the Cleantech Group; 40 countries were evaluated using 15 indicators related to the creation, commercialization and growth of cleantech start-ups. Source: www.cleantech.com

Best Quality Export Products in the EU

The quality of Finland’s export products is the highest among the EU countries. The top position is not a "one company effect", the distribution of quality rank shows that a large range of Finnish export products have high quality. Source: ec.europa.eu

Finland’s Business Environment – Supporting Success

Among the Top Countries to do Business

Finland was ranked as the 9th best country in which to do business in 2014–2018 in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Country Forecast ranks. Source: www.eiu.com

Second in the World for Human Capital

Finland is second in the world in terms of human capital according to the World Economic Forum, based on indicators such as education, wellbeing and employability. Source: www.weforum.org

Helsinki One of the Best Cities in the World for Start-ups

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is one of the top cities in the world for start-ups according to Wired Magazine. Source: www.wired.com

Best in Networked Readiness

Finland topped the World Economic Forum’s Networked Readiness Index in 2014. The NRI measures the capacity of different economies to leverage ICT for growth and wellbeing. Source: www.weforum.org

Least Corrupt in the World

Finland shared first place with Denmark and New Zealand as the least corrupt countries in the world in the 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International. Source: www.transparency.com

Quality of Life

Among Most Prosperous

Finland is ranked among the top ten of the most prosperous countries in the world by the Legatum Institute Prosperity Index 2015. Source: www.prosperity.com

Among Most Reputable Country

In 2015, Finland was ranked sixth in “The World’s Most Reputable Countries” by The Reputation Institute, and has ranked in the top 10 in all six years of rankings. Source: www.forbes.com

Third in Gender Equality

Finland was ranked third in gender equality in the world in 2015. Source: www.weforum.org

Finnish Women the Fifth Most Empowered in the OECD

Finnish women are the fifth most empowered among the 27 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Source: www.pwc.co.uk

Cleanest Food in Europe

The annual report of the European Food Safety Authority shows that food produced in Finland is the cleanest in Europe. Source: www.efsa.europa.eu

Cleanest Air in World

According to the Environmental Performance Index, the air in Finland is among the cleanest in the world. Finland also shares first position in the Water & Sanitation and Health Impact categories in the same index. Source: Yale University

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