Luckily for the Finns, that’s not the case. Despite having a slightly larger population than our fair state (4.8 million Coloradoans, 5.3 million Finns), Finland ranks among the top nations in the world in terms of health care, education and infrastructure. It holds the number two spot in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.
Meanwhile, the most famous innovation to appear out of Finland is Linux, the free, open-source operating system that’s helped revolutionize computing. The most famous Colorado innovation of recent years? Those god-awful ugly Crocs, hideous shoes revolutionizing the way people appear stupid in public.
We could learn a thing or two from the Finns, it appears. -- Cory Casciato