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Their medical care,which contributes to an infant-mortality rate that is half of ours and alife expectancy greater than ours, costs relatively little.
(Finns devote7 percent of gross domestic product to health care; we spend 15 percent.)Finnish senior citizens are well cared for.
One of the richest Finns is Risto Siilasmaa, 39, founder and chiefexecutive of F-Secure, an Internet-security firm that competessuccessfully with American giants Symantec and Mc Afee.This isn'tcontroversial in Finland; it's taken for granted.For a patriotic Americanlike me, the Finns present a difficult challenge: If we Americans are sorich and so smart, why can't we treat our citizens as well as the Finnsdo? This is less a matter of nostalgia than of aesthetic commitment.This article, originally published in the *Washington Post*, raises someissues that are cogent from the standpoint of possible alternative futurepaths of development for the Baltic countries. Regards, Eugene Holman Source: on Monday, August 29, 2005 by the Providence Journal (Rhode Island)Why Can't We Be Like the Finns? Kaiser Finland is a leading example of the northern European view that asuccessful, competitive society should provide basic social services toall its citizens at affordable prices or at no cost.