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The Information Society and the Welfare StateThe Finnish Model$
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Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256990.001.0001

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The Finnish Information Society in a Global Context

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
The Information Society and the Welfare State

Manuel Castells

Pekka Himanen

Oxford University Press

The world is currently characterized by the rise of information societies. During the 1990s, the market and other sectors embraced technology in order to make daily tasks simpler. A distinguishing feature of the Information Age is diversity; information societies cannot be patterned exactly as one country from another. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a background in order to explain how Finland can serve as a model of development to other countries. In general, the chapter examines Finland's combination of a welfare state and information society, its history and economy which are both factors as to why the country has become one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world.

Keywords:   welfare state, information society, technology, model, Information age, Finland, history

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