In 2017, the Republic of Finland celebrates 100 years of independence, both nationally and globally in the theme of TOGETHER / YHDESSÄ. We will be celebrating the steadfast Finnish spirit, holding events in true blue and white, and strengthening knowledge about Finland. In Australia, we have an array of exciting events planned. The main goal is to spread information about Finland and the Finnish culture, celebrate Finland's achievements and build bridges to support further cultural exchanges and growth. The Embassy of Finland in Canberra is working in conjunction with the Finnish clubs and societies around Australia to keep you up to date with what's happening Australia-wide for the Finnish centenary. You can see the Finland 100 program for Australia here.
On 6 December 1917, Finland declared its independence from Russia. It was an unstable time for a young independent nation, yet through world wars and economic instability, Finland grew its economy and presence in the world to become a leading country today. Always believing strongly in equality, democracy and community, Finland has achieved and maintained high standards in many different areas, topping many international rankings, not exclusive to the following:
Travel: Finland is one of National Geographic Traveler's 21 "Best of the World" destinations for 2017 and was also listed in the Lonely Planet's and the Rough Guide's top 10 countries to visit in 2017.
Literacy: Finland is the world's most literate nation according to World's Most Literate Nations research.
Innovation: Finland is the third most innovative country in the world according to the Global Competitiveness Report.
Greenest: Finland is the greenest country in the world as per the Environmental Performance Index. Finland's top ranking is mostly based on the country's societal commitment to achieve carbon-neutral society that does not exceed nature's carrying capacity by 2050.
Governance: Finland has the best governance in the world according to the Global Prosperity Index. Variables like voter turnout, legislative independence and the number of women in parliament place Finland as number one.
Gender gap: Finland ranked second in the world in the World Economic Forum's annual Global Gender Gap Report.
Quality of life: Finland is the best country for quality of life in the European Union according to the statistical office of the European Union.
Stability: Finland is the most stable and least vulnerable to collapse or conflict of all the countries in the Fragile States Index.
Freedom of the press: Finland has topped the World Press Freedom Index for the seventh year in a row. Press freedom in Finland is based on strong legal foundations supported by a genuine culture of individual liberty.
Being a girl: Finland is the second best country to be a girl according to the report Every Last Girl compiled by Save the Children.
Human capital potential: Finland is the best-performing country in the world when it comes to human capital potential. The World Economic Forum ranks countries on how well they are using their human capital, evaluating the levels of education, skills and employment.
The above facts have been taken from http://toolbox.finland.fi
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