Finland’s and Japan’s demographic and economic decline

by , under Enrique

You don’t have to be an expert to understand that Europe and especially Finland are speeding towards a demographic and economic decline of untold proportions. The calamity we face will not come from outside our borders per se but will have the “Made in Finland” label on it.  

There’s an interesting story on the Guardian about how cultural traits  fueled the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in Japan. The panel’s findings on the disaster could be eerily similar to a future report that studied the causes behind our own demographic and economic decline.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a professor emeritus at Tokyo University, states: “Its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to ‘sticking with the programme’; our groupism; and our insularity.”

As the euro financial crisis deepens, which fuels our ever-growing skepticism and fear of the outside world, our response to the challenges facing our country and region has been ever-bigger doses of nationalism.

Source: Northern Denim Co

Our reaction to the euro and various political corruption scandals was the election of April 2011, which paved the way for an anti-EU, anti-immigration and anti-Islam party. How is it possible that a right-wing populist party like the Perussuomalaiset can attract 19.1% (39 seats) of the votes compared with 4.05% (5 seats) in 2007?

Part of the answer to that question must be in our insularity, scapegoating and ever-growing skepticism of the outside world.

Even if some used to call Finland the Japan of Europe in the 1980s, our country resembles today a nation that is inching towards permanent demographic and economic decline.

Foreign workers are moving to Japan these days to fill jobs and to compensate for the extremely low birth rate. Like in Finland, the ramifications of an ever-growing influx of immigrants into a society that has based its identity on ethnic purity are enormous to say the least.

Despite the difficulties we face, there’s still time to save Finland and Europe.

Europe’s future lies in its ability to deal with the challenges posed by its ever-growing cultural diversity and globalization.

That is why we need to learn from countries like Canada, the United States and Australia that have reaped synergies from their diversity more effectively than us.



  1. Jssk

    For gods sake, just accept that we are not Australia, Canada or USA. If you want that, you would need to genocide natives and bring in tons of immigrants, or like some are doing, attack our values and national identity. Or maybe both. The modern “multiculturalism” is just a potemkin village that is used to show “civilized ones” how much diversity and acceptance we have.And thats what multiculturalism as a political agenda is.

    Multiculturalism, in some places naturally occurs because enviroment and time has shaped it, and it hasnt been always conflict-less. The word Multiculturalism is nowadays used to call a number of things, Many of what arent really multiculturalism to give political multiculturalism a good image.

    Your “part of the answer” is extremely small part. You apparently draw your conclusions from media propaganda.

    “there’s still time to save Finland and Europe”
    Yes, europeans should make more children.

  2. D4R

    Well guess what my friend, it seems as though Finland is about to go down the drain and you made yourself a racist reputation, that you don’t want nobody else in your country except blue eyed blond white skin. Ok then, The world is facing globalization, everything is connecting, people are connecting just like the internet so then Humanbeings can benefit eachother, but while Finland wants to stay homogeneous country and don’t want no foreign influence and when we now Finland cant survive without foreign Influence, we’ll see where your racism is going to take you on the long run. Believe me when i say this, with this atitude coming from you and other your country men, you will loose alot of foreign talent and i know for fact that alot of foreigners are already moving away or planning to move away, think about whose the loser at the end of the day?