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Wed, 01 Jan, 2014 12:00:30 AM
FTimes Report, January 1
File Picture: Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen. Photo - Lehtikuva.
Wishing the countrymen a happy new year, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said Finland must be an agile player by ensuring utilisation of all of its strengths in efficient and innovative ways.
“Finland has all that it takes to succeed in a changing world, as long as we utilise our strengths,” the PM said in his new year’s message, according to a press release. 
“Finland must revitalise structures and operating practices. Finland must be an agile player, both domestically and internationally. We must have confidence in ourselves and in each other. Our future success is ultimately in our own hands.
“Strong winds of change once again shook Finland in the year that is ending. This stems partly from European and global economic difficulties, partly from changes in Finnish society and economy. The effects are felt in homes, communities and the economy on the whole.
“The world around us is changing, whether we like it or not. Nevertheless, the choices we make will depend on our attitude to change. We do have options.”
Stressing reform and innovation, the prime minister said: “I work every day to ensure that we can keep our promise made for the welfare of future generations. We will not manage this if we hang on to out-dated structures or drift involuntarily with the currents of the global economy.
“We must, therefore, have the courage to reform the society on our own terms, purposefully and thoroughly. Just as we have done many times before during our independence.
“New beginnings of success, for example growth in the games industry, small companies generating significant new employment, and major foreign investments in data centres, are arising to replace jobs that are lost.”
“But,” he announced, “they are only the beginning. In the future, an individual's opportunity to influence must be taken directly from the level of statute to the level of services development.” 
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