Finnish Prime Minister: ‘Steve Jobs took our jobs’

“Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has accused Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs of crushing his Nordic country’s job market by selling innovations that caught Finland’s companies off guard,” AFP reports.

“‘We had two pillars we stood on: one was the IT industry, the other one was the paper industry,’ Stubb told Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri,” AFP reports. “‘Nalle Wahlroos, president of (Swedish bank) Nordea, described it quite well when he said the iPhone knocked out Nokia and the iPad knocked out the forestry,’ accelerating the fall of paper demand… ‘Yes, Steve Jobs took our jobs, but this is beginning to change,’ Stubb said.”

“The main symbol for Finland’s economic difficulties was the fall of Nokia, the one-time world leader in mobile devices, which in April sold its loss-making handset business to US software giant Microsoft,” AFP reports. “Stubb, a champion of liberalism and European integration, warned that he could not promise an immediate shift in the economic landscape. ‘We shouldn’t create the illusion that the state can create growth,’ Stubb said.”

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58 Comments

    1. Refers to business disruptions where a company is in a leadership position based on one practice, while a second company disrupts with a new practice. How does the disrupted company respond? The losers sit there angry and whining about the asshole that stole its cheese. The winners go find where the cheese went to and continue getting their share.

  1. I an a 30 year Mac guy and I live in Canada which didn’t get the original iPhone .I wanted to get a smart phone-I suppose I should have got a Blackberry but I got a Nokia N95 ..It was a very advanced phone that was hobbled by a truly awful operating system and neither touch screen nor a keyboard .
    Nokia had a gazillion phones none of which could compete with one fairly good phone which the original iPhone was .
    Mr Prime Minister-don’t blame Steve Jobs ,or even their tech people -blame the management of Nokia who let a good company fall .

    1. No.

      Nokia 6320 phone and N95 were/are great phones.
      iPhone is a handheld computer with a phone. Its a different approach in which the phone function is secondary to the Smart apps and functions. The Nokia as a simple phone was much better at holding a connection in a weak reception area. But Apple got people to think they needed more from their phone and carry one device not 3 (phone/music player/computer). That was the game changer.

  2. THE FUTURE took Finland’s jobs. Keep up, catch up, or shut up. Be grateful when change is GOOD. And Apple’s changes to the world are rarely anything less than good.

    Is the Finnish Prime Minister pining for some sort of socialism where THE FUTURE is stopped dead in its tracks via totalitarian control because it’s too inconvenient? Stagnation: The call sign of dire socialism. Gawd help us!

  3. “THE FUTURE took Finland’s jobs. Keep up, catch up, or shut up. Be grateful when change is GOOD.”

    That is exactly what he was implying.

    If anything, he was reiterating what the president of the Swedish bank had said, and that he was acknowledging that Steve Jobs and Company had innovated two of their industries demises.

    There was nothing nefarious in his remarks. If anything, it was the original media report using the term, “accused.” He was simply stating a fact, i.e., blaming their industry leaders, not Jobs, and equally important, pointing our that it is NOT the government that can fix their problem.

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