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The Confederation of Finnish Cooperatives: http://www.pellervo.fi/finncoop/

There are proportionately more cooperatives in Finland than in any other country in the world. The father of the Finnish cooperative movement, father Hannes Gebhard, founded Pellervo in 1899.

Today Pellervo integrates over 420 member cooperatives whose membership amounts to well over 1.6 million persons (the population of Finland is 5.2 million persons). The joint turnover of Pellervo's member businesses reached over 14 000 million euros in the year 2000. Most member businesses are market leaders in their respective fields.

Cooperatives have a traditional strong representation in agriculture, forestry and food processing, in banking and insurance, and there are several large retailers that are quasi-coops: as a consumer-member you don't quite own anything, but the relationship goes far beyond Loyalty Cards.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 25th, 2007 at 02:06:42 PM EST
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