The comments and suggestions which come to mind:
1. The following point should be researched a bit. It's probably not accurate to say that almost everyone has a master's degree or higher, it only seems that way because most of those who do live in the Helsinki region. I think it's safe to say that almost everyone in the nation has a polytechnic degree, or a training certificate from some kind of trade school.
The education is free, but the cost of living is not. Student allowances are not always enough to cover the cost, so a growing number have loans, or they work beyond what is required for their degree, or they get support from their parents.For those without a college education or for those with only a bachelor’s degree, you may be disappointed to find that just about everyone (so it seems) has a master’s degree and it’s common to find people who have multiple degrees.
So how can this be? Well, a degree is totally free of costs here. In fact, it’s beyond free, you basically get paid, fed, and housed to go to school.
2. I agree it would be very interesting to talk further about the other kinds of work that expats do here besides IT and engineering. It starts to seem like there is no point for living here for those who aren't either working in that field, following their spouse who is working in that field on an overseas assignment, or married to a Finn, and even the third case doesn't even seem like a good enough reason sometimes.
3. I like the subtopic of special issues concerning foreign women as job-seekers. Even in Finland it seems harder for both Finnish and foreign women to land adequate jobs, and Finnish women are generally more higher educated than Finnish men, so that is a sign that something is not right.
Actually, here in Oulu our women’s club had our first meeting for a job seekers’/networking support group a couple of weeks ago. We had both employed and unemployed women attend, exchanged advice and tips about how society works here in Oulu as well as in Finland in general. Some had read the book What Color is your Parachute, and found that some of the points apply to job searches in Finland as well. If no one has initiated a similar group in HKI, Turku, Tampere, or wherever yet, I strongly recommend it.
4. Emphasize the networking. I agree with those who say that it can be a frustratingly slow process here, but it is possibly even more important than language or education.
Keep up this very worthwhile project!