How Finland’s biggest daily Helsingin Sanomat loses its teeth and watchdog role

by , under Enrique Tessieri

For the Islamophobic Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, Helsingin Sanomat gives the country’s largest opposition party the kid-glove treatment. Are fear, agreement, or hopeful naivety the driving forces behind Helsingin Sanomat’s recent articles about the PS?

Over the weekend, the daily published in its Kuukausiliite a big story about PS MEP Laura Huhtasaari, who is trying to make a political name for herself by becoming Finland’s Nigel Farage.

The journalist Jenni Virtanen, who wrote the story, described the PS’ membership in the ID Group of the European Parliament in the following terms:


ID Group is at the far end of the right-wing and is clearly in the opposition. The group has 72 MEPs against the parliament’s 705. The majority of the groups [in the European Parliament] are pro-EU. Source: Twitter

As a non-white Finn, I would have expected that the Helsingin Sanomat article would tell people like me how both candidates will continue to make life difficult for members of our ever-growing culturally and ethnically diverse community. Moreover, 16% of Helsinki residents speak another language other than Finnish or Swedish as their mother tongue.

Why didn’t Virtanen use the term far-right in describing the ID Group? Some of the distinguished members of that EU parliamentary group include the National Rally (Marine Le Pen), Lega (Matteo Salvini), and other far-right parties like FPÖ of Austria, Alternative for Germany, Danish People’s Party, the Dutch Party for Freedom, among four others including the PS.

On Monday, Helsingin Sanomat readers got another chance to continue to see the daily’s biased journalism. Joona Aaltonen wrote:


Read the full story (in Finnish) here.

In the story, which looked at the main policy differences between the two leading contenders for chairperson of the PS, not a word is mentioned if Sakari Puisto and Riikka Purra still believe in the great replacement theory and how much they would tighten immigration policy.

We know how much Purra has warned white Finns about how they will become a minority in the future. She even went as far as to state that she “could intuitionally” spot a Finn in public.

From the article, we don’t know if Purra and Puisto continue to push ethnonationalism and how much white Finnish supremacy malarkey they believe in.

The article states that both candidates are ideologically close to Halla-aho and thereby suggests that both are also white Finnish supremacists.