OECD Observer Roundtable on Finland

To mark Finland’s 50th anniversary as a member of the OECD, we have invited a range of representatives to answer the following question: What Finnish achievement would you most celebrate from the last 50 years, and what would you see as the main policy challenge for the next 50?

Video: Happy 50th anniversary, Finland at the OECD!

In 1969, Finland became an official member of the OECD. Since then, this Nordic nation has transformed into an innovative, knowledge-based society. And ...

Five facts about regional inequalities and what to do about them

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Going digital: Back to the future

Two decades ago the OECD held its first international ministerial meeting on the digital economy. A lot has changed since then, but some old challenges persist ...

Economic slowdown? Chief Economist Laurence Boone looks ahead

OECD Chief Economist Laurence Boone reflects on the risks facing the world economy and the need for international co-operation. 

From forestry and heavy industry to a vibrant knowledge-based economy

On a cold, dark Helsinki winter’s day in 2014, I was waiting for OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and my other colleagues in a black limousine in front of the ...

Who really pays for protectionism?

“Trade which, without force or constraint, is naturally and regularly carried on between any two places is always advantageous,” wrote Adam Smi ...

Johnson & Johnson: Leading innovations for better health care

The OECD Health Ministerial Conference and ...

How responsible is H & M’s supply chain?

When an 8-storey building in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh crumbled in 2013, over a thousand ...

Jobs in the digital era work differently

"We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing ...

Finland’s mental health challenge

At some point in just about everyone’s life, we are affected by poor mental health.­ In the EU an estimated

Housing first: How Finland is ending homelessness

It was seven years ago when Arvo (not his real name) first walked into this building. Back then, it was a hostel for homeless men ...

A history of Egypt’s social spring

To understand the 2011 Egyptian Arab Spring, we need to view it as the culmination of a series of uprisings within the country’ ...

The last (plastic) straw?

“I just want to say one word to you. Are you listening? Plastics.” This infamous advice, deliver ...

Finland leads the climate charge in the Arctic Council

If you think ice looks a little greyer in the Arctic, your eyes are not deceiving you. A five-year study by international researchers ...

Cool generation

Climate change appears to be gathering pace, with the four years since 2015 being the hottest on record. Of course, 2015 was also ...

Protecting our water

The celebrated marine scientist Jacques Cousteau once said that “All life is part of a complex relationship in which each is dependen ...

Data vs deforestation: A breakthrough in supply-chain transparency

We are eating our way through tropical forests. Whether it’s a cappuccino for breakfast, a burger for lunch or a chocolate bar a ...

Digital planet: How smart technologies can help us solve our climate and infrastructure challenges

Back in the 1960s, when my dad wanted to make an international call for work, he had to order it 24 hours in advance. Today, he uses ...

OECD Observer Roundtable on regional integration in Africa

What policy initiatives would you prioritise to promote regional integration in Africa and what international co-operation initiatives would you encourage ...

Taxes for development

“Money makes the world go round.” So goes the line in the musical, Cabaret. But probably not even lyricist Fred Ebb, w ...

It’s time to foster Africa’s science revolution

Accelerating the knowledge-led development of Africa through science driven policy and investments is important for boosting long-term ...

Regional development: Why places matter for better policies

OECD countries are at a critical juncture, as they face deep and often widening inequalities ...

Five facts about regional inequalities and what to do about them

Popular unrest, street protests and calls for a return to protectionism: today’s headlines make it crystal clear that too many peopl ...

Experimental Finland

Most people spend their evenings kicking back with a book or whatever’s on Netflix. In Finland, they’re teaching themselves artifici ...

The funding crowd

“Every crowd has a silver lining,” said P.T. Barnum, America’s “greatest showman”. For businesses, Barnum’s play on words is especially true: crowds are be ...

Mental illness in Europe

Mental health problems affect about 84 million people in the EU, according to the latest estimates from the Institute for Health ...

Taxes for development

“Money makes the world go round.” So goes the line in the musical, Cabaret. But probably not even lyricist Fred Ebb, w ...


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