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Academics and industry bosses call for €200m to restore Finland’s lost IT expertise

Finland’s scientists are asking for €200 million to be spent on the country’s information and communication technology research, which has been threatened by the decline of mobile phone company Nokia.

A report by a group including academics and research interests in industry urges the government to spend at least €200m on innovation in this area over the next 10 years to prevent the further deterioration of the country’s ICT expertise. A significant decline in public research spending, which was cut by €55m in 2012, combined with the fall of Nokia, contributed to the decline, the report says.

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