Three ways Finland leads the world – and education isn’t one of them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ishita Barua, MD & Research Scientist, University of Oslo Finland’s education system is globally renowned. For more than a decade, Finland has been one of the top performers in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). But the Finns […]

Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand lead the way at teaching skills for the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Finland is the world leader at the provision of future skills education, according to the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI), which is now in its second year, closely followed by Switzerland. […]

The results of Finland’s basic income experiment are in. Is it working?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content How would you like to get more than $600 a month, no strings attached? Sound too good to be true? Not in Finland, where they’re experimenting with giving unemployed people a basic income, with […]

Finland has a new eco-fashion line – clothes made from trees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Whether they like it or not, the clothes worn by royalty and first ladies sometimes get more column inches than the causes they support – think Meghan Markle’s wedding dress and Melania Trump’s […]

Finland is a world leader in clean energy. Here’s what’s driving its success

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Finland uses a lot less fossil fuel than most countries. But it still has a lot to do to hit its ambitious green energy targets. The country’s commitment to biofuels is one […]

Finland has just published everyone’s taxes on ‘National Jealousy Day’

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Ever been curious about a colleague’s earnings? Every year on November 1st, people in Finland get the chance to find out when the government publishes the taxable income of all its citizens. Dubbed […]

Commission hardens its stance against carmakers ensuring emissions reductions targets

The car industry will be under tighter surveillance by the European Commission after 2020 when the next phase of the EU’s emission regulation will take place. All car manufacturers who do not meet the 2021 fleet CO2 emissions compliance for new passenger vehicles sold in the Old Continent will face fines of more than €14 […]

In Finland, speeding tickets are linked to your income

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John McKenna, Formative Content Around 3,400 people die in traffic crashes every day, leading to around 1.25 million deaths globally each year. One-third of these deaths are caused by speeding, according to the World Health Organization. With road […]

Minority governments ‘à la mode’ in Europe but can they last long?

With the Italian elections set for 4 March and anticipated to produce a hang parliament, four out of the five bigger European countries will be in political limbo for a good part, if not for the entire new year 2018. France is the only exception in this Euro-plague of political uncertainty. In some cases the […]

Refugee crisis update: EU fails to relocate immigrants from Greece and Italy

The European Commission announced last Thursday new measures for an efficient EU return policy together with the progress made and must be done by the EU member states on the EU’s relocation and resettlement schemes by September and beyond. The slow relocation pace of refugees transferred from Greece and Italy to the rest European countries […]

Counting unemployment in the EU: The real rate comes to anything between 16.1% and 20.6%

Eurostat, the EU statistical service, repeated with more recent figures its memorable work on the real unemployment rate, that appeared for the first time in 2014 based on data for the third quarter of 2013. This time the Eurostat researchers worked with data for the last quarter of 2014. The new results they produced refer […]

Eurozone: Black economy loves the South

  Black economy has been traditionally the weak point for a number of European countries in the South of the Old Continent. Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta to name only the Eurozone countries with black economy percentages around 20%, are usually on the head of European Commission’s country lists with economic activities outside […]

Should Europe be afraid of the developing world?

China and India are undoubtedly the two heavyweights of the developing world. On their foot-steps one can categorise also Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and some more countries of South East Asia. Yes, those are the tigers of growth, based on the iron willingness of their people to secure a more or less comfortable life, after […]