Headlines: The right to be online

Image caption High speed broadband is widely available in Finland

Can you live without the internet nowadays? Finland has become the first country in the world to give its citizens a legal right of access to the internet. Telecom providers have to supply broadband connections even to remote areas. Learn more about it and listen out for these words

  • rural ريفي
  • provision توفير
  • cost efficient معقول التكلفة
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“Finland is already one of the most internet connected nations in the world - more than 90 percent of its five million people have access to high speed broadband, and lower speed web connections via mobile phones are available to virtually everyone. But in rural areas, the quality of the mobile internet service is sometimes poor. And that's the point of the new legal right - every Finn must be provided with a moderately fast regular broadband connection. It's partly so the government can develop online provision of public services, seen as more cost efficient.”

Here are some examples of how these words can be used:


The rural area around the capital is under pressure for development.

Many people dream of an idyllic rural life in retirement.


Childcare provision helps parents get back to work.

After the floods the provision of aid was too slow.


It can be cost efficient to import goods from China.

It may not be cost efficient to drill oil from great depths.