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caroline

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Finnish-American couple considering move to NH
« on: October 06, 2003, 11:01:14 pm »

Hello, my husband and I are a Finnish-American couple, currently living in northern Finland, but considering a temporary (or permanent) move- probably to NH- within the next couple of years. I am a native of Massachusetts, and my husband and I both have a strong affinity for the area, but it feels too close to home to consider moving back there. NH would give us a certain degree of independence yet enable us to easily travel to visit my family. We are attracted to NH because of the high standard of living, seemingly progressive society, and strong motivation of the people- three things which we are slowly discovering are not prevalent in northern Finland. Winter is not a problem at all, as I lived in New England for most of my life so far and my husband is Finnish.

So we're curious to hear others' perspectives on relocating to NH.

Are there certain areas more receptive to multicultural families than others?

Which areas have the most diverse job and business markets? My husband is an RF engineer and I'm in the fine arts and design field.

Are there any Finnish-American associations in NH?

...and anything else we should think about.....


Thanks!

Caroline
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Re:Finnish-American couple considering move to NH
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2003, 11:35:31 pm »

Hi Caroline...welcome to the forum.  A lot of us are asking the same questions as you since we haven't been to NH yet ourselves.  Maybe some of the NH natives can answer.

One thing I do know, however...if by progressive you mean  powerful government, strong state social services or socialism of any kind, New Hampshire is not progressive.  And it is likely to become less progressive over the coming decade.

If by progressive you mean advancing, hi-tech, open-minded, very small government, gun freedom, economic freedom, etc....then NH is progressive.
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Re:Finnish-American couple considering move to NH
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2003, 07:11:07 pm »

Good point... most people consider regression back into slavery and statism as being "progressive."

We'd love to have you, but we also want you to be genuinely happy here. Read Dada's post carefully and make sure that its freedom that you want to progress toward, not socialism and statism.
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Re:Finnish-American couple considering move to NH
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2003, 11:23:22 pm »

Hello Caroline,
My mother is half finnish-swedish (not exactly sure, just know her mothers parents immigrated from Finland, but their surname was Strom). We do have significant immigration from scandinavian and germanic peoples here in NH. Probably not as significant as areas like Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, but decent numbers nontheless. I was born in Mass, moved here at age 9, so I am familiar with the 'flatlander' mindset (thats what they get called up here) as well.
Feel free to email me with any questions you may have...
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