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Finland targets Latin America for cooperation

Finland is setting its sights on deeper science collaboration with Latin America and the Caribbean in order to tap into the regions' growing economies.

A Finnish report setting out the opportunities was published on 20 November by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

‘Educational, Scientific and Cultural cooperation in Latin America and Caribbean’ says that Latin America accounts for 10 per cent of world’s production and its share is growing.

The report, written by Martti Pärssinen, director of the Finnish Institute in Madrid, makes recommendations that it says will help Finland tap into the growing Latin market.

Finnish universities should boost teaching of Latin languages and culture, it says. New exchange programmes should be investigated, in particular with Brazil, the region’s economic powerhouse.

The report also recommends that funding for exchanges and collaboration should increase to match the importance of the region.

The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also planning a strategy for Latin America.