At a time when the United States is seeing a shrinking of the middle class, an increase in poverty, a growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, a disintegrating health care system and major problems with our educational system, it is a very useful exercise to see what we can learn from how other countries, like Finland, address these issues. Today, Finland has almost abolished childhood poverty, has a high quality and virtually free childcare system and, according to international exams, the best educational system in the world. They also provide health care to all and have a strong, well-paid middle class.
Over 350 people joined us at Contois Auditorium in Burlington for our meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Finland, Pekka Lintu and Senator Sanders.
Here are some interesting articles about Finland:
4/1/2008 - Finland held up as model (Burlington Free Press)
3/26/2008 - Finnish Ambassador Tells It Like It Is in the "Most Livable" Place on Earth (Seven Days Vermont)
2/29/2008 - What Makes Finnish Kids so Smart? (Wall Street Journal)
6/13/2007 - Who gets the most (and least) vacation (CNNMoney.com)
8/25/2007 - In Finland's Footsteps (Washington Post)
7/14/2005 - Innovation Gives Finland A Firm Grasp on Its Future (Washington Post)