The citizens of Finland today celebrated their Independence Day.
Finland is highly industrialized economy with a per capita output equal to that of other European economies such as France, Germany, Belgium or the UK, according to Wikipedia.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Finland.
She said Finland and the United States have enjoyed an enduring partnership and friendship. She added many Americans today trace their origins to Finland, celebrating their shared heritage.
She stressed that the contributions by the Finnish people to the advancement of technology and research, promotion of international economic development and the defense of human rights and peace has made the world a better place. She said the United States is especially pleased to stand with Finland as they work for a more secure, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan.
“We look forward to broadening and deepening the already strong connection between our two countries as we work together to solve the most pressing global challenges. Happy Independence Day and best wishes for a year of peace and prosperity.” -Ms. Clinton
Finnish family life is centered on the nuclear family of whichr relations with the extended family are often rather distant. Finland ranks fourth in the world in child well-being, according to UNICEF.