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The Information Society and the Welfare State: The Finnish Model

Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen


Silicon Valley has been considered as the model that societies must imitate to succeed in the information age. However, recently another alternative has attracted strong international interest: the Finnish model. This is equally dynamic in technological and economic terms, but combines the information society with the welfare state. This book looks at what the Finnish model really is. The chapters analyse the factors that have enabled Nokia to become the world's leading telecommunications company, for example, and Linux to become the biggest challenger to Microsoft in the operating systems mar ... More

Keywords: Silicon Valley, Finnish model, information age, Nokia, Linux, Microsoft, operating systems, Finland, information society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manuel Castells, author
Professor of Sociology and Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley

Pekka Himanen, author
Director, Berkeley Information Society Research Center