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The Emergence of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area as an International Hub of the Knowledge Industries

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Abstract:

The long tradition of national policies in Finland has been central to its development in knowledge industries. The origins of these policies date back to 1879, when a political decision was made to privatize Finnish telephone activities and to open them to the international market. This decision marks the beginning of the international development of Information Communication Technology in Finland. In addition to this, national policies investing in education have been central to this development. Overall, it can be said that the structural counterpart of locally constructed historic traditions and the requirements of new economic success have given a competitive advantage to the rapid rise of Helsinki in Finland as an international hub of the knowledge industries.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2148/benv.35.2.204

Publication date: June 24, 2009

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