Finns think Nokia is the most important invention in their country’s history

Finnish tech site did a survey among their readers asking them to choose the most important invention in Finland’s 100 year long history. Among inventions like sauna, Linux, Sumi M31 machine gun, heart rate monitor and others, Nokia’s mobile research group got the most votes for mobile communication inventions.

This is, by no means, a poll that took into consideration all Finnish citizens, but just readers of that tech site. I believe that most Finns think the same as the readers of Tekniikkatalous. In its history, Nokia was the most valued company in Europe around year 2000, with over €200 billion in market capitalization. Truth to be told, this was during the dotcom and telecom bubble, but still, Nokia’s revenue was growing about 50% annually during the period between 1998 and 2002. For Nokia, financially the best year was 2007, when the revenues hit €51 billion with €8 billion in profit. From top 10 most sold phones in history, 7 of them carry the Nokia brand, with the best selling phone(s) being Nokia 1100 and 1110, with combined shipment of half a billion units.

As you can see, these are brilliant stats from a company that originated from a small European nation with about 5 million in population. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Finns think Nokia is the most important thing their country gave to the world. Do you agree with their choice? Tell us down below. 🙂

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  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    I absolutely agree! The world associates Nokia with phones. Period! (Paper and a river and tires, are all secondary).

    Nokia is known for phones. Some indestructible, some bulletproof, some edgy, some bold, some futuristic, and some complete failures (I’m looking directly at you windows phone operating system enabled phones!)

    Nevertheless, I wish Nokia luck with their future endeavors and this year’s financial report.

    Hopefully their stock goes up (a lot)…

  • Gerrard Jr

    I agree

    I dream of visiting Findland one day just because it is “Findland:Home of Nokia”

  • Hemedans

    Funny how Apple change stories, everywhere they report iphone 6 and 6 plus together are best selling device, i dont know why they group two different devices with different specification as single device.

    Even if you look at that wikipedia article they list iphone 6 and 6 plus as single phone.

    • Yeah, I see. But they are most sold smartphones and are still on sale. Btw., we combine the 1100 and 1110 and get half a billion… Hehe 🙂