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- Finns live in smaller homes than Americans and consume a lot less. They spend relatively little on national defense, though they still have universal male conscription, and it is popular. Their per capita national income is about 30 percent lower... Private consumption of goods and services represents about 52 percent of Finland’s economy... Finns pay considerably higher taxes — nearly half their income... Finns have extraordinary confidence in their political class and public officials. Corruption is extremely rare... I was bothered by a sense of entitlement among many Finns, especially younger people. Sirpa Jalkanen, a microbiologist and biotech entrepreneur affiliated with Turku University in that ancient Finnish port city, told me she was discouraged by "this new generation we have now who love entertainment, the easy life." She said she wished the government would require every university student to pay a "significant but affordable" part of the cost of their education, "just so they’d appreciate it."
- Suomalaisten oli vaikea käsittää että joku, esimerkiksi keisari, voisi rankaisematta rikkoa lakia. (Paavo Haavikko)
- Eikä suomalaista erota suomalaisesta mikään, / ei mikään paitsi kuolema ja poliisi. (Jorma Etto)
- And nothing can separate a Finn from a Finn, / nothing but death and police. (Suuri Sitaattisanakirja)
- Suomessa elättää hyvin ahkera kansa hyvin laiskaa rahaa. (Samuli Paronen)
- In Finland very hard-working people support very lazy money. (Suuri Sitaattisanakirja)
- Encyclopedic article on Finns at Wikipedia