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What Ireland can learn from Finland?

We’ve never been particularly big believers in the notion of service-based economies. You might have noticed over the past four years that the editors of Monocle are keener on able-bodied nations, companies and individuals who know how to roll up their sleeves and get on with things. While the concept of knowledge and service-based economies might tick many a box, they’re no longer as fashionable as they were when economic and development ministries ­embraced the idea of two decades ago.

The notion that states…



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