Whenever the success of Finland schools is discussed , particularly among educators, it is often said that Finland is a different country. It has a different demographic than the US so we can’t really trust the educational outcomes experienced there as being able to transfer to the US.
Yes..Finland is different particularly in their quest for equity instead of high scores on standardized tests. Now there is data comparing Sweden..a similar country demographically to Finland. Both countries are not as homogenous as they were several years ago having experienced an influx of immigrants who tend to live in clusters, and arrive with the usual issues we have come to know about culture merges of this nature. Sweden has taken on a national curriculum and a competitive approach to schooling similar to the US. Finland remains true to principles of equity for all children. Read about what is becoming known as an international problem: GERM.
from Diane Ravitch http://dianeravitch.net/2013/11/06/why-are-swedish-schools-falling-behind/
and Business Insider