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Finnish Ambassador Mikko Hautala Visits Vermont After Senator Sander’s Invitation

Senator Bernie Sanders hosted a special guest in Vermont on Thursday as the Finnish ambassador paid a special visit to Green Mountain State. The first stop on the Ambassador’s trip was Harwood Union Middle & High School in Moretown. There they spoke with students about child care, health care and the education system in the United States. The students brought their own experiences with the American healthcare and education system to the fore in their conversation with Hautala and Sanders. chemo treatment from their insurance company. “In Finland, healthcare is a human right, and you’re going to end up in hospital for weeks and weeks, you end up with no bill at all,” Sanders said. “It’s publicly funded, the cost of college to go to a good university is zero, you don’t come out of school deep in debt. You don’t come out of the area and all these challenges you have. … I see the potential here. It’s kind of like Finland. Same kinds of places, same kinds of cities, with the same kinds of attitudes,” Hautala said. Hautala says that, like Vermont, Finland is trying to mitigate an aging population and a declining birth rate. Learn more about how to adapt some of their social programs. Hautala and Sanders will continue their town meeting tours with a town hall meeting at the First Unitarian Universalist Church” in Burlington at 7 p.m. hours Thursday.

Senator Bernie Sanders hosted a special guest in Vermont on Thursday as the Ambassador to Finland made a special visit to Green Mountain State.

The first stop on the Ambassador’s trip was Harwood Union Middle & High School in Moretown.

There they spoke with students about child care, health care and the education system in the United States.

The students brought their own experiences with the American healthcare and education system to the fore in their conversation with Hautala and Sanders.

A student has told how her mother was denied chemo treatment by her insurance company.

“In Finland, healthcare is a human right, and you’re going to end up in hospital for weeks and weeks, you end up with no bill at all,” Sanders said. “It’s publicly funded, the cost of a college education going to a good university is zero, you don’t come out of school heavily in debt.

Hautala said he gained a lot from listening to students’ perspectives.

“It deepened my understanding of the region and all these challenges you have. … I see the potential here. It’s a bit like Finland. Same kinds of places, same kinds of cities, with the same kinds of attitudes,” Hautala said.

Hautala says that, like Vermont, Finland is trying to mitigate an aging population and declining birth rate.

Sanders said the United States should stay engaged with Finland to learn more about how to adapt some of their social programs.

Hautala and Sanders will continue their town meeting tours with a public town meeting at the First Unitarian Universalist Church” in Burlington at 7 p.m. Thursday.