Finnish tech site tekniikkatalous.fi 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. 🙂