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Gifted, Businesses Abandon Finland, Norway in Struggle for Global Talent Recruitment and Retention

OSLO, 23rd May, SPNW - A newly released corporate history book tells the tale of gifted foreign-born people facing corruption, apathy and discrimination in Finland and in Scandinavia. If their story is to be believed (and it is well documented with citations of sources throughout the 72-page text), talented potential contributors face nearly overwhelming exclusion from the Finnish society and outright defamation or harrassment at times.

One book, a book which was never intended to be used outside of the corporation whose history it describes, has recently been celebrated as a case study of Nordic brain drain.

If one is to believe the account provided in the "Original History of The SPACEPOL Corporation" which came out in 2012, the Nordic region is everything but an appropriate and welcoming environment for multilingual and multi-talented pioneers with an international background. In fact, according to the new book, discriminatory behaviour, insularism and poor decision-making practices are almost the norm.

The book follows the harrowing tale of several of the founders of a high-knowledge research network in Finland and Norway and who gradually find themselves struggling to escape a seemingly almost universal stagnation, discrimination and apathy in their own region in the 2000s. Luckily, the main founder has connections to Canada where there appears to be a vibrant and welcoming culture of innovation. The choice to relocate the network which has now become a commercial business is not hard for the team who vote with their feet and leave their Nordic roots behind them- seemingly with gusto.

Perhaps most important is the recurring theme of exclusion of talented individuals from society based upon racial or linguistic factors and how that can eventually evolve into serious economic and talent losses for a nation when gifted people go elsewhere. Also, it would appear that countries with a strong culture of risk avoidance and the stagnation it creates are not attractive places for the best and the brightest to hang out and do their innovation.

Reportedly, universities ranging from Hong Kong and Tehran to Canada and the US have begun recommending the text as pertinent reading on the subject of Finnish and Nordic brain drain and as one of the most relevant case studies regarding the flight of high-knowledge people from insular and exclusive societies.

Sources | SPNW, AFP, IRNA

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