Cloud computing is undoubtedly one of the most prevalent megatrends of the digital era. The United States has been the global powerhouse both in using and producing cloud services, but many other countries have also (finally!) begun to realize the opportunities that cloud computing presents. Among these other countries, Finland is set to take the lead. Yes, the Nordic country where people live in igloos, where vodka consumption is considerably higher than water consumption and where polar bears wreak havoc on the streets.
Despite the polar bears running amok, Finland has become a European leader in the adoption of cloud services, and it’s also becoming the location for producing them. Finland’s bustling startup scene has already produced several success stories, of which the brightest stars have been game developers (most notably Supercell and Rovio). However, we’re also seeing more and more cloud service providers making their own mark.
So what makes Finland such a great place to develop and produce cloud services? Read on to find out why we think Finland is one of the best countries on Earth for it!
According to the latest Global Competitiveness Report by World Economic Forum, Finland is #1 in the world when it comes to the availability of scientists and engineers, and #4 in competitiveness overall. The future looks bright as well; in OECD’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) surveys, Finland has held the top spot for several years, and although it took a slight dip in the latest survey, it still remains one of the top countries in the world when it comes to the quality of basic education.
In addition, the digital transformation has also been taken into account in the national curriculum framework for primary education, and from 2016 onwards, programming will be a part of all education.
According to the Global Information Technology Report 2015 by World Economic Forum, Finland is #2 globally in their Networked Readiness Index. In the infrastructure pillar of the index, Finland is #5 with the same score as the leading Norway.
Furthermore, Finland is a very low risk country when it comes to natural disasters and the stability of society. According to INFORM, Finland has a very low risk index — even lower than that of its Nordic neighbors Sweden and Norway.
Data privacy and sovereignty often come up when discussing cloud services. Finland has been called “the Switzerland of data”, although that might be too bold of a declaration. Nevertheless, the European Parliament has just voted in favor of new data protection laws that hold companies more accountable for data protection and give citizens more control over the information companies have on them. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in April 2018.
Low level of corruption
According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2015 by Transparency International, Finland is the second least corrupt country in the world. For enterprises, this means that doing business in Finland is straight-forward and involves less risk. There may be other factors that make certain business activities a bit more difficult, but still, according to the Doing Business 2016 by The World Bank, Finland is ranked #10 in the world.
Data center cluster
Many of the above-mentioned reasons have made Finland a trusted data center location, and in recent years we’ve seen, for example, Google, Yandex, and Microsoft all announce the establishment of data centers in Finland. Indeed, together with Sweden, Finland is becoming a data center powerhouse, and it won’t be much of a surprise when the next IT giant announces it’s building a new facility in Finland.
Cloud from Finland, Code from Finland
When looking at the data covered in this blog post, it’s now quite easy to answer the question “Why should you provide cloud service from Finland?” The answer, of course, is “Because it just makes sense.”
We at Miradore are proud to say that our cloud service Miradore Online is developed and produced in Finland. When looking at the continuously growing list of companies signed up to the Code from Finland initiative, we can also say that we’re proud to be in such good company!