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Our last word in business comes from Finland. A city in Finland's far north has a new job training center focusing on customer service, storytelling, and wilderness survival. And the word is Elf Training Academy - as in Santa's elf. The capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, is close enough to the North Pole. It's in the Arctic Circle to be known as the real home of Santa Claus. So it's a big destination for tourists.
The Lapland Vocational College is setting up the school, hoping that more highly skilled elves will boost the region's Santa-related revenues. But if your letter to Santa didn't get a reply this year, or if the gifts under your tree were wrapped a bit sloppily, it's because the academy doesn't open until next year.
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