Can you imagine an American kid trying to pull this in basic training?
HELSINKI, Finland (Reuters) — A number of Finnish conscripts have been excused their full term of military service because they are addicted to the Internet, the Finnish Defence Forces said on Tuesday.
Doctors have found the young men miss their computers too much to cope with their compulsory six months in the forces.
“For people who play (Internet) games all night and don’t have any friends, don’t have any hobbies, to come into the army is a very big shock,” said Commander-Captain Jyrki Kivela at the military conscription unit.
My great-great-grandfather emigrated from Turku in southwestern Finland about 125 years ago. I’m glad.