Finns show how prosperity, broad safety net can co-exist

Commentary | October 31, 2007 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

Earlier this month I led a group of policy makers to Finland to study how early childhood care is practiced in that country. The robust Finnish private economy is embedded in a democracy that emphasizes work, entrepreneurship, economic security and opportunity, and educational advancement. What this means is that as a resident of Finland, you don't have to worry about health coverage, the cost of child care, higher education tuition, a good vacation or a decent pension. So many of the things we worry about are not even up for discussion at the kitchen table of a Finnish household.

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