Posts by author: Peter Lindberg

The good, the bad and the ugly: Why Finland is a startup heaven…and hell

Finland has many things to celebrate. In 2014, it was ranked the best place in the world to be a mother and according to “The World Press Freedom Index” took first place for freedom of the press. It has the second lowest gender gap and was ranked the third least corrupt country. The World Economic Forum also considers it the 4th most competitive nation on earth, while, according to education and publishing firm Pearson, it has the 5th best education system. However, just like every other country is has its downsides too. This mixed bag of pros and cons is particularly apparent when it comes to startups.

I’ve done business in countries around the world and lived close to eight years abroad, including four years in Russia. Now that I am running Apped here in Finland, it’s easier than ever to spot the country-specific pros and cons that often crop up when running a company. So what sets Finland apart from other countries, in both good and bad ways?

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