No hay mal que dure 100 años.
The saying in Spanish means that since a human doesn’t live for 100 years, his or her evil cannot last that long. One day it will end when the person dies.
Even if the PS is not a human per se, the damage it has inflicted on Finland can last a very long time.
Sunday’s election result means that Finland will continue to have one of the biggest anti-immigration and populist parties in Europe. Figure out what this means especially for migrants and minorities that live in this country.
Even if the PS won big, they only captured 17.6% of the vote, which means that they’ll have to work with others like the Center Party.
PS chairman Timo Soini played down the role of the party’s anti-immigration message in the 2011 election. After today’s results, he can no longer deny that it is one of the main pillars of the party.
In today’s Finland it is perfectly possible to make a name for yourself as a politician by scapegoating migrants and petty nationalism. They are a successful combination for any candidate seeking office. No prior experience required.
A good example of the latter is Jari Ronkainen of Hollola, who is a carpenter and whose only merit appears to have been upload an anti-immigration video in February that has got almost 19,000 views today.
There was some good news, however. Nasima Razmyar of the Social Democratic Party and Ozan Yanar of the Green Party got elected to parliament.
I am not concerned about myself but about the future of my children and grandchildren. If this country, which claims to have one of the best educational systems in the world, doesn’t understanding why social exclusion is costly and wrong reveals to me that it has learned very little at school.
What kind of a message do these elections send to the world? If you are a foreign investor or a skilled laborer don’t move to Finland especially if you are black or a Muslim because you can never trust populism and nationalism.
Definitely the biggest loser of Sunday’s parliamentary elections is Finland.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.