Finland has a worldwide reputation as a centre for IT innovations, says Martin Curley, Director, Intel Labs Europe. According to Curley, Finland has a good supply of talented engineers both on the software and device side. Finland’s high quality education and research, as well as its progressive innovation policies, make it an attractive location for research centres.
As a result of restructuring by Nokia, Finland currently has a pool of skilled and experienced IT specialists available to other companies. In less than a year, Intel has recruited 120 highly educated engineers in Tampere and 90 more in Espoo to fill its R&D positions – which would have been impossible without the availability of former Nokia employees.
In addition to mobile and wireless technology, Finland also has considerable open source code expertise. The Linux operating system based on open source code was developed by Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds.