Finland

Meidän Suomen lippu

Tämä vähän alempana oleva kirjoitus ja varsinkin se, että Uuden Suomen henkilökunta päätti nostaa sen pyörimään karuselliin nostatti taas tunteita. Sanon taas, koska tämä ei ole ainut kerta , jolloin joku kirjoituksista herättää muita blogisteja kirjoittelemaan. Minusta nyt kritiikki oli varsin erikoista, koska kyseessä oli kirjoitus Suomen lipun arvosta. Itse en valitettavasti pääsyt nauttimaan kyseisen kirjoituksen lukemisesta.

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Included – not integrated

Inclusion is when everyone is along per se. In Finland we are still struggling with integration issues. We need programmes and policies so that developmentally disabled people can live where other people are living. We need special laws to make sure that they can have the services they need. But those does not matter when

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What do Jim Crow, Nuremberg Laws and Finland’s Restricting Act of 1939 have in common?

All forms of intolerance have one factor in common: They are violent ways to disenfranchise and control groups through social exclusion. Jim Crow laws in the United States sought to ensure that blacks remain marginalized in the same way as the Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany took away all power from the Jews. In Finland, foreigners

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Suomen Sisu tests Finland’s tolerance for hate

If you want a good view of the type of Finland a far right association like Suomen Sisu wants to build, check out the invitation to their 15th anniversary celebration at the Santahamina Military Base near Helsinki. The invitation states at the end:  “Santahamina is a military zone where only Finnish citizens have access to

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European Court of Human Rights will not review PS MP Hirvisaari’s conviction for ethnic agitation

The European Court of Human Rights has turned down a request by Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP James Hirvisaari to review a conviction for ethnic agitation in December 2011 by the Kouvola Court of Appeals, which was upheld last year by the Finnish Supreme Court. There was no doubt that far right PS MP Hirvisaari stood a chance

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Landmark decision in Finland: Sikh busman can wear a turban at work

The Southern Finland Regional State Administrative Agency announced that banning a Sikh busman from using a turban at work was discriminatory, reports YLE in English. The decision is an important watershed and a victory for other minorities living in Finland.  The busman, Gill Sukhdarshan Singh of Vantaa, was prohibited from using a turban at work and

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Aspergers and Ableism Part 1: Introductions

The following is part of a personal statement I originally wrote to apply for the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) last year, before I came to study in Finland and eventually settle in the Nordic countries. I plan to discuss the culture and challenges of the Autism/Asperger’s community, and how I believe the issue of

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Announcement: Youth and power are the focus of Helsinki African Film Festival this week

(Announcement) The annual Helsinki African Film Festival (HAFF) brings a selection of the best of African cinema to Finland for the fourth time this week. The festival has a broad range of films from all over the continent and this time both fact and fiction will be brought together by the overarching theme of Youth and

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