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Finland, home to Nokia and jobless engineers, struggles to fill tech jobs

The country's technology sector is looking for about 7,000 programmers

Reuters  |  Helsinki 

Finland, whose once-renowned technology sector shed 15,000 jobs with the demise of Nokia's mobile phone business, is struggling to fill thousands of vacancies for software developers because it lacks people with the right skills. At the same time, technology firms say immigration policies hamper recruiting trained workers from abroad, adding to the factors weighing on growth prospects for an industry considered key to the stagnant economy's recovery. "We want the best game developers working for us, but not all of them can come from Finland," said Ilkka Paananen, chief ...

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First Published: Wed, June 15 2016. 00:04 IST