(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 16 January 2014. In a seminar on Finnish industry and its future which was held yesterday, the chairman of Nokia, Risto Siilasmaa said, English should be included as one of the official languages in Finland.
By the end of 2012, population of foreign people living in Finland was 279,616 people, which is 5.2 percent of the whole population of Finland.
Risto Siilasmaa is the Chairman, founder and former CEO of F-Secure Corporation. He is also the Chairman of Nokia’s Board of Directors from 2012 onwards, and interim CEO of Nokia from 3 September 2013 onwards.
The seminar’s topic was about ideas on recovering the Finnish economy, information society, Finnish competitiveness and education.
During his speech, Siilasmaa asked: What if we made English the official language in Finland?
Siilasmaa believes that such bold move is highly needed to attract international-excellence to Finland’s brand name. “It was thought that we were the best country in the world in about everything by the turn of the 2000s. Things may change a little now and we need to consider making English one of the official languages of Finland. It would be a huge symbolic significance,” said Siilasmaa.
During his speech, Siilasmaa shed some light on Nokia’s current situation. “Nokia has made some bold decisions, and should work with Finland. “Nokia was at the top in the beginning of 2000s. The company used the Symbian operating system which dominated the smartphone market. Nokia also made mistakes. As everyone knows, we did two transactions. We bought a profitable and sold the loss-making business,” said Siilasmaa.
Siilasma said, “Nokia’s financial situation will be very difficult.”
“What could Finland learn from this?” asked Siilasmaa. He believes that Finland needs courageous decisions, Finland needs the recognition of the ‘facts’ and focus more on revenue and less on spending.
Siilasmaa’s vision is to make Finland similar to Switzerland – “a safe place to store information in an international environment.” However, Siilasmaa believes that the economy is in crisis due to high earnings of the Finnish government employees.
Finally, he asserted, “We do not need a new Nokia to come to Finland, because there is already a new Nokia here. Finland is quite in the same situation as Nokia. We have the ability to invest and we have a strong knowledge base. All we need is some bold decisions and a positive attitude.”