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The remote city of Oulu, about 300 miles north of Helsinki, has a population of 140,000, and 18,000 of them work for the more than 800 high-tech companies that operate here. These include branch offices of Nokia, Indian tech giant Wipro, and Pulse, the U.S.-based news-reading app. Local officials work closely with the University of Oulu and businesses to foster innovation through programs like Xpolis, which connects investors to local startups.

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  • Mobile
  • R&D/inventions
  • Business-friendly policies

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated September 19 2012 05:43 AM ET
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