Comment: Felonies committed by immigrants do not stand out in Finland even though crimes committed by such people are one of the favorite weapons used by far-right politicians in the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party to discredit foreigners. A study published in Wednesday’s Helsingin Sanomat on homicides committed in Holland, Sweden and Finland show that the felony rate among immigrants in this country is relatively low when compared with Holland.
A typical felony in Finland is committed by a middle-aged person who has a serious alcohol problem. The victim is a person who has been drinking with him or her.
“In Finland only six percent of homicides are carried out by organized crime or other criminal activity,” said researcher Martti Lehti. “The corresponding figure for Holland was 30%, which surprised us.”
A couple of years before Finland’s first Alien’s Act came to force in 1983, a group of foreigners and I handed a petition to some MPs in parliament. The police chief was present as well. When I asked why Finland was so uptight about immigrants, the police chief said that they wanted to keep crime levels down.
EU-maiden välillä on erittäin suuria eroja henkirikosten syissä ja tekotavoissa. Suomessa tyypillisen henkirikoksen tekijä on keski-ikäinen alkoholin suurkuluttaja ja uhri humalainen ikätoveri. Ruotsin tilanne myötäilee Suomea, mutta Hollanti on jo toista maata.