Apparently few migrants and minorities attended the National Sports Forum

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Some claim that one of the problems that migrants and minorities face in Finland is that they are underrepresented in different associations.  Last Sunday, the National Sports Forum held a meeting in Helsinki to talk about the future of sports in Finland. Gathering from the picture below, it’s clear that few migrants and minorities were invited to the event. 

This is odd considering that Helsinki is an every-growing culturally and ethnically diverse city. In 2013, around 45% of all the migrants in Finland live in Helsinki (50,661), Espoo (20,612) ad Vantaa (16,024), according to the Population Register Center.

The total amount of migrants that lived in Finland last year was 195,511, or 3.6% of the population.

So what happened?

Näyttökuva 2014-10-1 kello 18.19.10
The National Sports Forum was held in Helsinki on Sunday. Visit the site here.

As everyone knows, sports plays a key role in promoting adaption and inclusion of people of all ethnicities into Finnish society.

The National Sports Forum should do a much better job next time to invite Others that are not seen in the picture above.


  1. intternetnetsi

    What american National Sports Forum has to do with anything? Its kansallinen liikuntafoorumi.

    Invite who and why? Biggest are probably invited and there is no restriction to “other” to join those. Why place where they discuss about future of finnish sports should invite some small irrelevant for example somali football club in east helsinki with 10 members?
    We are talking about 5 000 000 of finns not about 10 000 of somalis or 200 000 of foreigners, most of foreigners are happy to join even if they dont have your skin colour requirement.

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    • Enrique Tessieri

      Hannu, in the first place the number of migrants and minorities (children of migrants) living in Finland is much higher than the figures you have presented.

      Thank you for making Migrant Tales what it is today. Without you, it wouldn’t have been possible.