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Finnish prime minister blames Apple for economic woes

by on14 October 2014

Killed Nokia, wrecked paper industry

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb pinned part of the blame for the country's economic downturn on Apple. In an interview with CNBC, Stubb said the country lost two industrial giants in recent years - a paper industry firm and Nokia, once the leading handset maker in the world.

Although Nokia is still around, it is not nearly as big as it used to be. The company's mobile handset business is now owned by Microsoft and the rest of the company still lives on. Oddly enough, Stubb is not just talking about Nokia. He partly blames the iPad for cutting demand for paper.

"A little bit paradoxically I guess one could say that the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry, but we'll make a comeback," he said.

Prior to the introduction of the iPhone, Nokia was the leading manufacturer of feature phones and Symbian smartphones. RIM (now BlackBerry) specialised in business oriented smartphones and SonyEricsson had a number of pioneering smartphones, too. HTC used to make Windows phones.

Seven years later the mobile landscape is dominated by Apple, Samsung and Google. Nokia is not Microsoft's mobile arm, RIM is on life support, SonyEricsson is no more and HTC is struggling to keep up with the likes of Samsung.

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