By Enrique Tessieri
The right-wing populist Perussuomalaiset (PS) party are now officially called in English “The Finns,” reports Helsingin Sanomat citing Finnish News Agency (STT). The motion to adopt “The Finns” as the official English name of the party was made by PS head Timo Soini.
Soini was quoted as saying to STT that the reason why the name was changed to “The Finns” was because he did not like the party to be called “Ordinary Finns,” “Basic Finnn;” even “True Finn wasn’t a good name because it suggested it was a far-right party.
Let’s admit it folks, the name “True Finns” is really bad because it suggests that Soini’s followers are the only true Finns of this country. The rest are phony Finns.
Migrant Tales wrote about the party’s English name, True Finns, in a blog entry in April and resolved the matter by calling the party by its Finnish name.
The Finns probably reflects Soini’s wish for the party to remain one of the biggest in Finland. I think a very suitable name for them would be the “Fundamental Finns” because of their fundamentalist ideas.
Another act in the tragic-comic play by the PS has taken place. Migrant Tales will continue to call the party Perussuomalaiset due to the poor and unfair translation.