Here's how Finland solved its homelessness problem

A homeless woman casts a long shadow on a cobblestone path as shecarries bags with her belongings by the River Seine in Paris, December7, 2003. As winter temperatures dropped to freezing across much ofFrance over the weekend, 62 departments have put a winter emergencyplan into action which provides greater social services for thehomeless.NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE. REUTERS/John Schults JES

Finland found a simple solution to its homelessness problem: giving people a place to stay. Image: REUTERS/John Schults

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