• Martin Gagnon

Learning from Finland

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

It is amazing how much more proactive many nations have been against the rise of fake news. For example, Finland’s government launched an anti-fake news initiative in 2014 – two years before Russia meddled in the US elections – aimed at teaching residents, students, journalists and politicians how to counter false information designed to sow division

The initiative is just one layer of a multi-pronged, cross-sector approach the country is taking to prepare citizens of all ages for the complex digital landscape of today – and tomorrow. The Nordic country, which shares an 832-mile border with Russia, is acutely aware of what’s at stake if it doesn’t.

And as trust in the media has flagged in other parts of the globe, Finland has maintained a strong regional press and public broadcaster. According to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018, Finland tops the charts for media trust, which means its citizens are less likely to turn to alternative sources for news.

Source: “Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy”, by Eliza Mackintosh, CNN retrieved at

Port town of Hanko, Finland


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