You're joking, right? India with over 1 Billion people is overpopulated, the US with 8x the land mass and 1/4 of the population is not.Caroline wrote: I think the reason is because the USA is overpopulated and has much more illegal immigration and public security/health threats, so the authorities screen resident aliens and newcomers much more thoroughly. Finland only has 7 inhabitants (?) per square mile (or was it kilometer?), and immigration has always been much more restricted. I've heard that it is relatively easy for employed, fluent Finnish-speaking resident aliens to acquire Finnish citizenship; I would guess that's because the government is trying to "fill up" the country.
Actually, I think Finland is far, far more uptight about who they allow into the country and on what basis than the US, they just don't ask you if you're a @#$% Commie. The US will, by default, grant a green card to a spouse of an american, the Finns will not. I know someone, a Finn, whose spouse was not granted a visa. If anything, I think the Finns are desperately trying NOT to fill the country.
The US, in turn, gave visas to most of the terrorists on 9/11...two of whom Finland refused entrance to a while before that iirc. It's a lot easier to get into the US than Finland and most of the EU.