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The news hit Finland on a cold February afternoon. Nokia, the pride and pillar of the country’s economy, would join forces with Microsoft and abandon its Symbian operating system. To many Finns, the word Symbian probably didn’t mean much, but with the help of doomsday headlines and shocked statements from trade union leaders, they soon understood what was at stake. Nokia was moving most of its software development abroad, leaving as many as 5,000 Finnish engineers out of work. In a country of five million people that’s a big figure.

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