Finland - A Communications Superpower

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Helsinki, 16 December, 2003 — Finland - A Communications Superpower

Until recently, Finland was the most advanced information society in the world. It earned its position as a communications superpower on many criteria. The people of Finland had been well prepared to use high technology and information services. The number of cellular phone subscribers as well as the number of Internet connections per capita in Finland used to be the highest in the world. Nokia, Finlandís biggest company, is the number one cellular phone producer in the world.

During the past few years, some countries have surpassed the Finnish numbers in certain specific areas, but Finlandís overall standing is still impressive. Finnish mobile phone ownership was 87.6 percent of the population at the end of 2002, according to figures issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. There were 4.2 million cellular phones in use in Nokia's homeland, which has a population of just over five million.

See the complete text written for Virtual Finland by Paavo Ahonen, science editor at CSC, the Finnish IT center for science, and author of several books about networks

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