FINLAND

FINLAND

, as Finnish diplomat Max Jakobson observed, emerges "only occasionally and for brief moments above the horizon of international news media.'? Yet Finland, with no more people (4.9 million) than the state of Wisconsin, maintains a unique position on the world scene: a prosperous Western democracy living next door to the Soviet Union. To Americans, says Jakobson, this looks like an Indian rope trick: "a clever thing to do, but not quite believable." Here, Keith W. Olson surveys the...

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