Tag: wellbeing

World Press Freedom Index – Because we can and care

This is a brief follow-up post for my recent not so much exercise-related post regarding Finland. This is just to indicate that although Finland ranks pretty well in many areas of equality, freedom, justice and wellbeing, it was a dissapointment that Finland ranks now only 4th in World Press Freedom Index.

Finland ranked first in the World Press Freedom Index for the past five years, but now Norway is the first and Sweden second. Finland suffers in this index from the actions of our Prime Minister, who made quite some actions of harassment against few state TV journalists. Our Prime minister Juha Sipilä is very wealthy man due to his former enterprise career, but he is (as maybe some other persons with similar history) very concerned with his public picture. There has actually been quite a few instances with him that are fairly similar to this clear harassment case, but we just have to hope he has finally figured out how to behave himself in the future.

The other journalist that resigned from her position due to Prime Minister’s actions was Salla Vuorikoski. She was hired by a leading Finnish magazine that I also subscribe and I am extremely happy that she now writes her stories there. She is namely one of the best if not the best Finnish journalists, whose articles are well-researched and highly interesting.

Vuorikoski also quite frequently writes about things related to Finnish Sports organizations and their finance. She has researched and revealed many grazy things related to Finnish Sports organizations, even clear corruption cases that happen behind the scenes also in Finland.

Thes are the journalists we need, who are not afraid of revealing and putting things forward.

So there is still room for improvements, also in Finland. And I am not writing this to say we have a bad Prime Minister, but because I can. Freedom of speech is namely one of the strongest and most-respected principles in Finland. It is the only way for developement and we all should be able to work and live in environments where we do need to be afraid of saying what we think.

Of course you cannot say just whathever, as it is not wise for instance to insult someone. Nevertheless, freedom of speech has been one of the key principles of Finnish and Nordic thinking at least since the year 1776, when Anders Chydenius started to act as one of the strongest advocates of freedom of expression.

Good country index – Sweden leads the way

Good country index ranks different countries (163 in total) based on how much they produce good and how much they consume environment. This index consists of seven different categories, which are for instance health, equality, peace work and climate, and it is not surprise to me that Sweden ranks the best country in the world when these topics are considered. Finlands does also pretty well being 7th overall and based on my living and frequent visits to these countries during my PhD and post-doc periods, I can also understand it very well that for instance Denmark ranks 2nd and  The Netherlands 3rd.

All these countries do very well in many categories such as in Health and wellbeing, but I nowadays tend to always evaluate how much people in different countries care and pay attention to equality aspects. These rankings are also well in line with what I have seen as Sweden is again the first, Switzerland 2nd, Denmark 3rd and Finland 4th, but despite all the prosperity and fame, Australia ranks only 66th, although it is overall 18th.

But these country rankings are not the most important thing, but it is how well different countries and people can work together to solve global challenges. One really good example of this is Dutch-Finnish collaboration to build OMI satellite system that can track air pollution in different parts of the world. It was sent to space in 2004 together with NASA’s Aura satellite. Even Barack Obama has highlighted this system and his short YouTube video on this topic is worth of watching.

To read and learn more about Sweden, visit this official site. And if we do not take things so seriously and like a bit of irony, watch also these country “promotion” videos particularly by Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark and Australia, but also various others to learn more about different countries.

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