Finland is widely respected as one of the most advanced nations in the world.
Its contribution to civilisation in a range of technologies and in new thinking on education commands global respect.
But it has a problem, specifically that its language is viewed as one of the most difficult of all to learn.
Recently, Helsinki’s mayor came up with an innovative idea. Eager to attract brain activities to the city from abroad she proposed Finland place legal documents and what have you, in the accepted universal language, English, on an equal footing with Finnish.
Here in New Zealand the government is going overboard to resurrect a redundant language, spoken by at best maybe 2% of the population and outside of New Zealand, by no-one. It’s madness. Thank God most of my children are opting to live abroad as I fear for our future with this sort of maori wonderful nonsense being forced down everyone’s throats.