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How the Finnish lifestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge | Life and style | The Guardian
Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our pants, opening a beer and watching TV. But in Finland ‘Pantsdrunk’ has been elevated to an official activity
pantsdrunk  culture  alcohol  Finland  Guardian  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Ice cycles: the northerly world cities leading the winter bicycle revolution | Cities | The Guardian
Oulu in Finland and Winnipeg in Canada are two winter cities with remarkably different stories. Oulu is just like Winnipeg – except for the bike paths stretching for miles in every direction and the thousands of people riding bicycles in the snow – says Winter Bike to Work Day founder Anders Swanson
cycling  advocacy  winter  Oulu  Finland  Winnipeg  Guardian  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
10 things you didn't know about Europe's tech scene | VentureBeat | Business | by Omar Mohout
So while Europe might be a single market, it’s definitely not a single tech scene. That fact makes it difficult to feel the pulse of the European tech. But if you take a close look, you’ll quickly notice that there is interesting stuff happening in Europe – to the point that we’re spotting young EUnicorns, the European answer to Silicon Valley’s unicorns! In order to get a good overview of the scene, Sirris.be, the non-profit I work for that maps Belgian tech startups, recently looked at all of the European tech companies that have raised at least $1 million in 2016. The data (you can view it here), which is comprised of more than 1,100 transactions from 30 countries, reveals 10 surprising insights. Here they are — the good, the bad, and the ugly of the old continent:
startup  review  fintech  Europe  London  Paris  Berlin  Stockholm  Barcelona  Munich  Amsterdam  Copenhagen  Dublin  Milan  Ghent  Krakow  Lausanne  Porto  Helsinki  UK  Germany  France  Sweden  Belgium  Ireland  Finland  Switzerland  university  accelerator  venturecapital  B2B  B2C  marketplace  Venturebeat  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Is there a market liberal case for Brexit? - Marginal REVOLUTION
Even when you add in the <1% of GDP that is paid to Brussels, this is just not a picture of a system that has forced Britain to become a big-spending social democracy. (Neither, of course, is it a picture of a system that has forced Britain into neoliberal austerity, a charge one hears from the left.)
Brexit  regulations  EuropeanUnion  advocacy  UK  comparison  CzechRepublic  Denmark  Finland  Germany  Sweden  Austria  Ireland  JacobLevy  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Privacy, what privacy? Many Nordic tax records are a phone call away | Reuters
When top earners' tax returns are published in Finland, they call it "national envy day". In Sweden, one phone call will get you your lawmaker's tax bill. Norwegians' fascination with each others' taxes has been labelled "financial porn".

While the Panama Papers have forced British politicians to reveal tax details that are traditionally kept private, and U.S. presidential candidates are under pressure to do likewise, most Nordic citizens' tax returns are freely available.

Every November, Finnish media publish the names of about 10,000 of the country's biggest earners, plus hundreds of celebrities and sports stars, making headlines with top 10 lists of the biggest tax payers.
taxation  transparency  income  Finland  Norway  Sweden  Reuters  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Cheap cab ride? You must have missed Uber’s true cost | Evgeny Morozov | Opinion | The Guardian
Uber’s game plan is simple: it wants to drive the rates so low as to increase demand – by luring some of the customers who would otherwise have used their own car or public transport. And to do that, it is willing to burn a lot of cash, while rapidly expanding into adjacent industries, from food to package delivery.

An obvious but rarely asked question is: whose cash is Uber burning? With investors like Google, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Goldman Sachs behind it, Uber is a perfect example of a company whose global expansion has been facilitated by the inability of governments to tax profits made by hi-tech and financial giants.
Uber  ridesharing  venturecapital  taxation  critique  comparison  Kutsuplus  Finland  Guardian  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
How Finland's Exciting Basic Income Experiment Will Work--And What We Can Learn From It
Talking to the scientist designing the national experiment that could change the way governments take care of their citizens.
guaranteedbasicincome  experiment  income  incomesupport  Finland  OlliKangas  review  FastCompany  2015  freelanceeconomy  incentives 
december 2015 by inspiral
Reuters Institute Digital News Report
This year's report reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 20,000 online news consumers in the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Brazil, Japan and Australia. This year's data shows a quickening of the pace towards social media platforms as routes to audiences, together with a surge in the use of mobile for news, a decline in the desktop internet and significant growth in video news consumption online.
Journalism  webjournalism  trends  USA  UK  Ireland  Germany  France  Italy  Spain  Denmark  Finland  Japan  Australia  research  ReutersInstitute  2018 
june 2015 by inspiral
The glass-ceiling index
Where is the best place in the world to be a working woman?

IN SOME countries International Women's Day on March 8th is a public holiday. But it is too early to relax efforts to increase equality for working women. The Nordics are still out in front, according to our latest glass-ceiling index, which shows where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work. It combines data on higher education, labour-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs. Each country’s score is a weighted average of its performance on nine indicators.
gender  sexism  discrimination  country  comparison  Finland  Norway  Sweden  Poland  France  Hungary  Denmark  Spain  Belgium  NewZealand  Canada  Portugal  Israel  Slovakia  Germany  Australia  USA  Italy  Greece  Netherlands  Austria  Britain  Ireland  CzechRepublic  Switzerland  Turkey  Japan  SouthKorea  Infographic  interactiveinfographic  OECD  global  Economist  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket — The Atlantic
Most of Scandinavia determines fines based on income. Could such a system work in the U.S.?
crime  punishment  Finland  Scandinavia  income  TheAtlantic  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
Holvi to Launch its Online Banking Service Across Europe
Holvi bank accounts are free to set up and devoid of monthly fees, although the firm does take a €0.90 charge for incoming/outgoing payments and a 3 percent fee for credit card transactions. The key, however, is that Holvi also offers a number of integrated services aimed at small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers and sole traders; users can get a real-time view of their company finances, as well as manage expenses and tackle invoices. Holvi accounts also comes with a built-in online store for selling physical and virtual goods.
Holvi  banking  startup  Finland  freelanceeconomy  TheNextWeb  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
Where In The World Is The Fastest Broadband?
The U.S. isn't even in the top 10 when it comes to broadband speeds. Here's a map of the world showing hotspots for high-speed connectivity.
internet  broadband  speed  global  SouthKorea  Japan  HongKong  Switzerland  Netherlands  Latvia  Sweden  CzechRepublic  Finland  Ireland  USA  ReadWrite  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion
The European Commission's 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion shows that EU Cohesion Policy is delivering on the growth goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy by creating jobs and reducing disparities across Europe. Looking ahead to 2014-2020, the report outlines how investments will be focused on key areas like energy efficiency, employment, social inclusion and SMEs to get the most of the investments to the benefit of citizens.
Europe  statistics  economics  environment  transport  employment  aid  investment  Denmark  Sweden  Finland  Netherlands  France  Luxembourg  Estonia  Austria  Germany  Belgium  Ireland  Slovakia  Latvia  UK  Hungary  Slovenia  Portugal  Poland  Lithuania  Romania  CzechRepublic  Cyprus  Italy  EuropeanUnion  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Nordic Conversations Are Different | VirtualWayfarer
Silence. It is something Americans hate. In your typical American conversation you’ll rarely find such a thing as a comfortable silence, a reflective silence, or a natural silence.  For the average American in a normal conversation there’s really only one type of silence and that is awkward silence. A type of silence that we’re taught from childhood to avoid at all costs. This stems in large part from the American conversational approach which I think can best be described as conversational layering with each person quickly layering on new overlapping information in rapid succession. Add in the fast-paced rapid-fire approach to speaking common among most Americans and you’ve got a recipe for frustration and perceived arrogance when talking to Nordics / Scandinavians (and other internationals).
language  Scandinavia  Sweden  Norway  Finland  Denmark  Nordics  silence  VirtualWayfarer  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Our Mobile Planet
Learn about smartphone adoption and usage across 48 countries. Create custom charts to deepen your understanding of the mobile consumer and get the data you need to guide your mobile strategy.
mobile  smartphones  mobileapps  mobileinternet  mobilecommerce  mobileadvertising  locationbasedservices  demographics  penetration  Argentina  Australia  Austria  Belgium  Brazil  Canada  China  CzechRepublic  Denmark  Egypr  Finland  France  Germany  Greece  HongKong  Hungary  India  Indonesia  Ireland  Israel  Italy  Japan  Korea  Malaysia  Mexico  Netherlands  NewZealand  Norway  Philippines  Poland  Portugal  Romania  Russia  SaudiArabia  Singapore  Slovakia  SouthAfrica  Spain  Sweden  Switzerland  Taiwan  Thailand  Turkey  UAE  UK  Ukraine  USA  Vietnam  Google  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
2014 Report on Implementation of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications - Digital Agenda for Europe - European Commission
The report starts with a chapter on the European Union, addressing issues such as economic indicators, competitiveness, market developments including roaming, regulations, broadband plans, authorisation, spectrum management, access and interconnection, consumer issues and net neutrality. This is followed by 28 chapters on market and regulatory developments in each of the EU Member States The report is a European Commission Staff Working Document and is published in the framework of the Scoreboard of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
mobile  statistics  Europe  Austria  Belgium  Bulgaria  Croatia  Cyprus  Denmark  Estonia  Finland  France  Germany  Greece  Hungary  Ireland  Italy  Latvia  Lithuania  Luxembourg  Malta  Poland  Portugal  Romania  Slovakia  Slovenia  Spain  Sweden  CzechRepublic  Netherlands  UK  telecoms  regulations  NetNeutrality  EuropeanCommission  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years | Cities | theguardian.com
Finland's capital hopes a 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete
Helsinki  Finland  publictransport  innovation  exclusion  Guardian  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Europe’s top 10 most competitive economies | Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum
The 2014 edition of the The Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report, published this week, tracks Europe’s progress on its competitiveness agenda. The report includes an index which ranks the competitiveness of European Union member states. Here are the top 10 countries on this year’s list.
economy  comparison  Europe  Finland  Sweden  Netherlands  Denmark  Germany  Austria  UnitedKingdom  Luxembourg  Belgium  France  WorldEconomicForum  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
Men Are More Likely to Live With Their Folks | FiveThirtyEight
This week, the European Union published data that is probably all too familiar to Americans: It showed that increasing numbers of European adults are living with their parents.
parents  households  children  youngadults  men  women  statistics  Finland  Netherlands  Bulgaria  Estonia  UK  Greece  Germany  Lithuania  Austria  France  Romania  Switzerland  CzechRepublic  Sweden  EuropeanUnion  Denmark  Norway  Poland  Iceland  Belgium  Hungary  Cyprus  Croatia  Latvia  Luxembourg  USA  Ireland  Portugal  Spain  Italy  Slovakia  Malta  FiveThirtyEight  2014 
march 2014 by inspiral
Deloitte | The state of the global mobile consumer | Technology, Media & Telecommunications | Connectivity
Deloitte’s second Global Mobile Consumer Survey provides insight into the mobile consumer behavior of 26,960 respondents across 15 countries.
Finland  smartphones  Deloitte  Turkey  UK  tablets  SouthAfrica  consumer  France  USA  Mexico  Canada  mobileinternet  Argentina  Brazil  Belgium  mobilenetworks  2012  Croatia  survey  Russia  Germany  Japan  mobile 
may 2013 by inspiral
EU Kids Online
EU Kids Online aims to enhance knowledge of the experiences and practices of European children and parents regarding risky and safer use of the internet and new online technologies, in order to inform the promotion of a safer online environment for children.
europe  socialnetworking  children  preteens  teenagers  europeanunion  lse  2011  uk  portugal  spain  france  italy  austria  slovenia  czechrepublic  germany  belgium  netherlands  denmark  poland  lithuania  latvia  estonia  finland  sweden  norway  romania  bulgaria  turkey  greece  ireland  internet  imported 
october 2011 by inspiral
Consumer Commerce Barometer
Survey looking at the consumer purchase process across different categories, looking at when people research and buy offline or online. Among information provided includes online sources of information consulted, use of social media during the research process and openness to electronic forms of marketing
purchase  online  offline  research  consumer  uk  tns  europe  middleeast  southafrica  china  india  indonesia  japan  austria  belgium  czechrepublic  denmark  finland  france  germany  greece  hungary  ireland  italy  netherlands  norway  poland  portugal  russia  spain  sweden  switzerland  turkey  imported 
february 2011 by inspiral

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