Finnish research ranks high

24.11.2003
The Academy of Finland has published a review on the state and quality of scientific research in Finland. The review indicates that Finnish research and innovation is in many respects both of high quality and competitive.
Among the key objectives of Finnish science policy are to improve the quality and international exposure of research and by the same token to strengthen its scientific impact. The review confirms that these objectives have been attained reasonably well. During the 1990s and early 2000s, international publishing by Finnish researchers has rapidly increased. Articles by Finnish researchers are being cited more and more often.

Finland and Sweden are among the EU‘s most active member states in terms of investment in human resources in R&D and research funding. In Finland, more than 70,000 people work in research and development (around 2% of the active workforce), which is more than anywhere else in the OECD. From 1997 through to 2001, the number of personnel has increased by 26 per cent.

Throughout the 1990s and in the early 2000s, people with a PhD and a higher university degree have had little difficulty in finding employment compared other education groups. In 2000, the unemployment rate among PhDs was 1.5 per cent and among people with a higher university degree 3.6 per cent, whereas the unemployment rate among the whole workforce was around ten per cent.

The number of new graduates with a researcher training per one thousand population aged 25-34 is the highest in Finland and Sweden among the EU Member States. OECD comparisons suggest that Finland‘s main strengths lie in the country‘s high level of education, its strong education system and positive public opinion towards education.

Read more at The Academy of Finland

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