The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.
Chapter 12: Finland's Families
1 & 10. Family in the Context of Individual Rights and Social Citizenship
Geographically, Finland shares long stretches of borderline with Sweden and Russia. In the south, beyond the Baltic sea, the closest neighbors are the Baltic republics, Poland, and Germany. In the north there is a small stretch of shared border with Norway. The roots of the nation state are in the class-based civil war of 1918, followed by Russian domination until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Culturally and mentally Finland is part of the West.
Finland may be described as a highly developed, equal society combining a welfare state and a technologically oriented information society (Castells & Himanen, 2002), in whose public policy individual rights and social citizenship, linked ...