Of the seven countries surveyed, Finland was ranked together with Denmark as the most intolerant country to black people, gays, and Jews, according to YouGov, an internet-based market research company. Other countries that were surveyed were France, Germany, Britain, Norway and Sweden.
Writes YouGov: “Finland is almost completely white, perhaps explaining the high level of negativity towards black people (20% have a negative impression). However, Finland also has the highest proportion with negative impressions of gay people (15%).”
Countries that ranked the highest on the YouGov list of intolerant countries all had large populist anti-immigration parties like the Danish People’s Party, Perussuomalaiset* and Front National that commonly scapegoat minorities for the country’s problems.
Hate and words that drown in a sea of silence and inaction have dire consequences for migrants and minorities as Denmark and Finland have clearly proven.
Migrant Tales disagrees with YouGov’s reason that due to the fact that “Finland is almost completely white” the country is intolerant to black people.
Even if 3.6% of Finland’s population was foreign in 2013, in Helsinki the ratio of foreigners to white Finns is much high, totaling about 8%, according to the Population Register Center. The corresponding figure for the EU-27 countries was 6.8%.
Thank you Bashy Quraishy for the heads-up.
*The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names 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.