27 March 2012

A compliment to Finland

Looking up the UN's Human Development Index Report, I note that Finland ranks 5th in the world on the gender-equality index, compared with NZ at no. 32. Finland's per capita gross national income is much higher than NZ's, while the two countries' longevity and years of schooling are roughly comparable. Finns also enjoy high levels of life satisfaction.
Looks to me like Finland is a good country with which to compare ourselves, in spite of boorish comments made by a cabinet minister in Parliament. While Mr Brownlee is free to say what he pleases in the House, he is accountable for his words. He should 'man up' and apologize to the people of Finland - and to New Zealanders for causing us embarrassment.


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