Two Finlands will be celebrating our country’s first centennial in 2017

by , under Enrique

When Finland celebrates its first centennial on December 6, 2017,  what will we be commemorating? Independence? Our Nordic way of life? Social equality? Will there be two Finlands, one that is socially included and another one that is not, celebrating on that special day?    

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Source: Cornerstone News and Information.

People who aren’t socially excluded will have good reason to celebrate in 2017.

But matters will be very different for those who belong to socially excluded Finland, which comprises of hundreds of thousands of immigrants, visible minorities and the unemployed. They have dreams of a better life but many of their hopes end up at the social security institution, Kela, unemployment office or as a worker at a menial job that pays too little and which forces you to live in debt.

The problem with these two Finlands is that those that have power, the included group, want to keep things as they are. As their greed and go-go-capitalist values and self-centered lifestyles grow, so do the ills of our society.

While nobody has given this form of exclusion a proper name, it should be called white Finnish privilege.  It is the same social ill that has kept minorities like blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and others oppressed and excluded in the United States and elsewhere.

White privilege uses race and ethnic background as a social filter to exclude others in order to control important resources like jobs, political, social and economic power.

Excluding part of society in such a hostile manner is expensive and costs taxpayers an arm and a leg.

One example of how intolerance has raised its head in Finland was reported by YLE, which revealed the last time Finland was able to accommodate  750 refugees in its UN annual quota system was in 2003. Opposition by municipalities to receiving refugees is one reason why Finland hasn’t been able to bring 750 refugees yearly, according to the story.

We’re not talking about thousands never mind tens of thousands of refugees but a few hundred!

One of the culprits of the present situation is the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS) party, which campaigned in the last elections that municipalities should not accept refugees.

Just like few will admit a white Finnish privilege problem in this country, even fewer will agree that our intolerance is homemade and spoonfed at home by our parents and reinforced at our schools.

Finland did everything in the last century to limit immigration and foreign investment to the country. Imagine what kinds of attitudes and prejudices you must teach new generation of Finns to have maintained such a Draconian system.

Only after 1995, when Finland became an independent country, matters started to change for the better.

We have made progress but in 2017 there will be two Finlands celebrating our first centennial. 

 

 

  1. Yossie

    “One example of how intolerance has raised its head in Finland was reported by YLE, which revealed the last time Finland was able to accommodate 750 refugees in its UN annual quota system was in 2003. Opposition by municipalities to receiving refugees is one reason why Finland hasn’t been able to bring 750 refugees yearly, according to the story.

    We’re not talking about thousands never mind tens of thousands of refugees but a few hundred!”

    To put this into perspective. Only roughly 20 countries have this kind of quota system. In which, even though Finland havent met its quota, still takes the top 2 position in europe and top 6 in world.

    To me, that is quite enough if those that come here and anything like Dana, who seems to hate Finland with such a vigor and apparently, doesnt consider finns to be humans at all.

  2. Brave

    Yossie,
    So what about you??? How are you now adays with my blogs?
    You enjoy them… i see… i am glad that my blogs are match with your character.
    What you mean when you use hate word? You talk like you want cry … like you are full of love and u gave love and you got hate? yes?
    Finland gave me hate all the time… you yourself show me hate even on net… and then u try make a theatre of holy land holy law?
    Dont u think that i do not care about you and people like you who can not see me around?
    What i am telling in my blogs is what i am tasting here, if your food is salty you wont tell oh thats so sweet and Thanks.
    So i wont tell thanks to Finland… never and i wont forget all hate and suffer i got in here…again never.
    I do not need explain for You… whenever you miss me go and read my blogs… again and again… over and over… thats a best medicine for you yossie, for you and people who thinks like you, they are under curtains…they read MT under curtains…
    My chin is up… no/one can control me in Finland and no/one in no where…never

    • Yossie

      Dana

      You dont seem to understand finns nor finnish law. As such, you have build up a grudge against finns. This is hardly an ideal situation and I certainly hope this is not the case with all the refugees. If every refugee grows to hate Finland and finns as Dana, then its certainly makes a case to better help them where they came rather than bring them here to get bitter and angry.

  3. Brave

    Yossie,
    I know better than you Finnish law methods) and also i know Finns even i know you very well… U had not problems like mine, u had not hard times like mine, u had not need to your law like me… so it is you who is bitter because ur angry at me without reason but am angry at your law with many many reasons, and who made these laws??? Tell me who???
    For sure it was not a foreigner but some Finns.
    IF u had my problems, problems like mine what would u do???
    Your comment means to me… that you wish a foreigner who can praise u and ur law yes?
    What about a foreigner who has open eyes?
    U dont like it… yes?
    Yossie i am a foreigner,there are many foreigner in Finland, but do u think that we think the same things?
    Do you think we all see Finnish law the same way???
    Of course not… we are different.
    I have build up nothing against Finns…thats ur idea Yossie because u cant see a person talks against Ur Will.
    Then how can i talk about my problems?
    You are against my freedom even on net???
    U cant not answer me i know.

    Hey universe…
    Finnish law beat me up.

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