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Political Leadership Confident Nokia Not Leaving Finland

Political leaders voiced concerns regarding Nokia’s future in Finland shortly after the appointment of Canadian Stephen Elop to head the company. Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi said it's important that Nokia headquarters remain in Finland.

Nokian älypuhelinmallit C6, E7 ja C7.
Image: YLE Uutisgrafiikka, kuvat: Nokia

The Finnish political elite does not believe that Nokia’s change in leadership will lead to the mobile phone giant leaving Finland.

The premier is confident that companies will choose to run their businesses from Finland in the future thanks to the country’s competitiveness.

“We have the know-how, research and product development and a strong, stable society,” said Kiviniemi.

Finance Minister Jyrki Katainen meanwhile said it’s the company’s decision whether or not to stay in Finland; however, adding that it’s of utmost importance that Nokia keep its headquarters in Finland.

“Nokia’s success is good for Finland,” he said.

Elop: Nokia to Stay in Finland

In an interview with YLE, Elop insisted that Finland will remain Nokia’s home.

”This is the home of Nokia. It will continue to be the home of Nokia. And I just love the facilities we are in right now because it clearly is the home of Nokia."

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