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  • A closer look at Finland's health care system

  • 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has touted Finland's health care system as a vision for the US. CNN's Melissa Bell reports on the strengths and weaknesses of this model.
  • This Tiny Island Was a Hub for Lumberjacks

  • Located just outside of Rovaniemi City is Kotisaari, one of Finland's tiniest islands. Measuring only 820 feet long and 200 feet wide, this sleepy locale used to be a center point for loggers in the area. The picturesque island is surrounded by a river that was once used as a floating channel to transport logs. It was closed down in the 1980s after the practice of moving logs on water was replaced by large trucks. While no one lives on the island today, it is visited by roughly 500 visitors per year looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway. Note that if you purchase a product we recommend, Great Big Story may receive revenue. Everybody wins!
  • How This Couple Managed to Farm in Minnesota

  • Lise Abazs and her husband David Abazs are organic farmers in Finland. Not Finland, the country. Finland, Minnesota, where their land sits along the north shore of Lake Superior. There aren’t a lot of organic farms in Minnesota. The climate is harsh, and the soil is infertile and full of rocks. But the Abazs’s Round River Farm is flourishing. They can grow lettuce, spinach, kale and other vegetables, and that’s because they have nurtured their soil with compost and cover crops. “You have healthy soil, you end up with healthy plants,” Lise says. There is a lot to be learned from the way this duo farms and lives. They get all their energy from wind and power, pump their water from the earth and use a compost toilet. Stewards of environmentally-friendly living, they’ve led by example and made their community a better place for all. This Great Big Story was made possible by Horizon Organic.

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