Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen met with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on Thursday during a visit to Seattle. Microsoft announced that Finland...

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SEATTLE — Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen met with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on Thursday during a visit to Seattle.

Microsoft announced that Finland will be the first country to implement a program called Windows Live@edu (Live-at-edu). It gives students free e-mail, instant messaging, bulletin boards and search services to encourage cooperation between parents and schools.

Vanhanen also is speaking to business and government leaders in Seattle about technological innovation.

In May a group of Seattle leaders will visit Helsinki.