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Disruptive technologies are vital for Finland's future, says Technology Academy of Finland's president and CEO Dr Juha Ylä-Jääski, as technology is one of the country's major exports.

From a technology perspective, Finland is probably best known for Nokia, a telecommunications brand that was instrumental in the development of the modern smartphone phone, as well as Rovio Entertainment, the video game company behind the highly-addictive Angry Birds franchise. The Scandinavian country is aggressively advocating innovation and disruptive technologies. In fact, just this year alone, the Finnish government dedicated €1.85 billion euros to research and development, or about 3.5 per cent of the total government expenditure. Through a slew of education initiatives and grants for future research, the Technology Academy of Finland (TAF) is helping to foster the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit so necessary in establishing itself as one of the key contributors of tech, said its president and chief executive officer Dr Juha Ylä-Jääski.

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