June 14, 2005

You’ve got to love the lede graph in this article about Finland in Sunday’s New York Times:

When you live in a country of only 5.2 million people and your native tongue is unintelligible to virtually everyone outside your borders, you’d better learn to converse with the rest of the world if you don’t want to end up talking to yourself.

(Source: “After Sibelius, Finland’s Rich Bounty of Musicians”, by Richard B. Woodward, June 12.)


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