Finland’s Prime Minister Blames Steve Jobs for their Financial Woes

Steve Jobs has cost Scandinavians jobs, claims the recently appointed Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb, in an interview with the Swedish business newspaper Dagens Industry (via Mac4Ever).

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Stubb claims Apple’s innovative flair has unsettled Finnish companies and the two pillars on which it rested: Nokia, the phone manufacturer that lead worldwide sales of feature phones and the paper industry shaken the economy of the country.

During the interview, claimed that, by announcing the iPhone and then the iPad, Apple has taken the jobs of Finnish employees. This is because the iPhone has dethroned Nokia from the top position and the iPad has led to the decline in demand for paper. However, he did add that the switch to green energy, and the popularity of computer games, may rectify this in the future.

As a closing thought, Stubb added that the country cannot rely on the state alone to produce growth. “We can do three things to promote it: Structural reforms from a national point of view, liberalizing the European internal market and promoting free trade globally. But it is not me, the Prime Minister, who can generate growth in this country,” he states.

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  • jabohn

    It’s not Steve Jobs’ fault that the market leaders at the time were not innovating and were resting on their laurels.

  • FamiGami

    Agreed. If anything the Finnish pm ought to be mad at his own country for failing to compete.

  • karvvi

    Nokia itself wasn’t innovative itself and that costed many jobs here in Finland. In Nokia intranet when first iPhones were released in 2007 many were laughing their butts off about the new “toy phone” Apple just released. Look who’s laughing now? I am not – got sacked…

  • ABetterWorld

    What next, blame Grey Goose for falling vodka sales.