Posts Tagged: Finland

PS MP Vesa-Matti Saarakkala’s anti-immigration message + shoddy journalism = piling hatred high and deep

Populism is an ugly political force because it’s based on hearsay and on the victimization of migrants and minorities. Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Vesa-Matti Saarakkala claimed Friday on Ilkka that schools are censoring traditional Christian festivities to appease migrants and atheists. Saarakkala felt so strongly about the matter that he sent a written question to the government. 

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You can live in Finland as long as you are culturally invisible (and conform to our stereotypes)

Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Vesa-Matti Saarakkala’s statement on Seinjäjoki-based daily Ilkka is another clear example of how some politicians, and even the National Board of Education, continue to deny our ever-growing cultural diversity. There is a lot of talk about “multiculturalism” and little action. This leaves us with a hostile message lingering above us: We, white Finns,

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Populist parties of Finland are a direct threat to our prosperity

A recent poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat reveals an important trend: How the National Coalition Party and the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* are in a semi-tailspin mode. The Center Party continues to strengthen its position as the most popular party among voters with the Social Democrats slowly but surely overpassing the National Coalition Party.  Certainly this is an

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An encounter with an enraged racist Finn in a taxi driven by an Estonian

Here’s a recording of an enraged Finnish male who goes on a racist rant against an Estonian taxi driver in Finland.* The video clip has received wide coverage in Estonia.   Here are some disgraceful excerpts: You went to the taxi driver course and if you can’t drive then go to the other side of

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Sweden Democrats openly attack cultural diversity – will the PS of Finland follow their example?

In a clear attempt to cash in on the anti-immigration sentiment, Sweden Democrat party secretary Björn Söder said that minorities like the Saami could never be Swedes and was willing to pay immigrants to leave the country, reports The Local. The mere suggestion that Sweden is only a country of white Swedes reveals the racist

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New World Finn: Bye for now

To part is to die a little to die to what we love .* Edmond Haracourt (1856-1941)   The first time I heard the phrase by the French, “to part is to die a little,” was in Finland a long time ago during one of those unforgettable summers, when I used to visit my grandparents in Eastern

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Hate crimes in 2013 are up by 13.9% in Finland but who cares?

Suspected hate crimes in 2013 rose by 13.9% to 833 cases compared with 732 in the previous year, according to the Police College of Finland. While one suspected hate crime is too many, how should we interpret these figures? What do they reflect? Do they reveal that there are high or low hate crime levels

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Same-sex marriage bill approved by Finnish parliament

Parliament has approved 105-92 a bill that will pave the way for same-sex marriage, according to YLE in English. The vote in favor of same-sex marriage is the first-ever citizens’ initiative that has been approved by the Eduskunta, or parliament. The vote was a big setback for Timo Soini and the Perussuomalasiet (PS)* party, which had spent a lot of political

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