Finland is proud of its animal fodder

15-07-2008 | |

Finns are prouder of their country’s contributions to animal fodder than they are of achievements in mobile communications technology, according to a recent study.

Finland is the home country of Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker.
However, only one in six Finns was even able to name a Finnish invention or
scientific achievement, the survey conducted by research firm Yhdyskuntatutkimus
for the Finnish Society for Scientific Information, said.

Of those,
nearly four times as many Finns named preserved animal fodder, invented by 1945
Nobel Prize winner A.I. Virtanen, a notable Finnish scientific achievement as
selected the runner-up, sugar substitute xylitol.

Nokia, mobile
phone-related inventions and open source computer operating system Linux ranked
below genetic research, but above a plate-drying cupboard as notable
achievements, the study showed.

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