Is Finland a racist country? Henrik Dettmann, head coach of the Finnish national basketball team, agrees and claims that Finland is an ”extremely intolerant” country that isn’t a favorable place for foreigners.
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“Yes [Finland is a racist country],” Dettmann is quoted as saying on Verkkouutiset. “If I compare what I have experienced [in different countries], nowhere have a bumped into such narrow-minded attitudes towards foreigners as in Finland, nowhere else.”
He said that if a party like the Perussuomalaiset get 20% of the votes in an election by fueling anti-immigration sentiment, that already says a lot about the present state of Finland.
Dettmann has worked as a coach of the German and French national basketball teams.
It is a positive sign that more Finns are speaking out against racism in this country, which continues to be denied or played down.
If we had the opportunity to move twenty years ahead in time, how would we look at Finland’s darkest period in the new century?
One matter is for certain: Not enough voices spoke out against racism and intolerance.