Ilta-Sanomat billboard (lööppi) from August 7, 1996

by , under Enrique

Migrant Tales publishes on and off Finnish tabloid ads* (lööppi in Finnish) from the 1990s. Taking into account that Finland’s immigrant population started to grow during that decade, it is easy at least through some of the main stories of tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat and Iltalehti to see how some of them reflected our xenophobic, prejudiced, racist or anti-Russian views.

The billboard below states in bold letters: Somalis to remain in Finland. What kind of welcoming statement is that? It shows how low tabloids will stoop to get their story and how ungrateful some politicians are. Both groups have profited immensely thanks to their near-constant bashing of different immigrant groups. The Perussuomalaiset party’s election victory last year is a case in point.

What is strange about the whole immigration and cultural diversity debate in this country is that even if politicians claim that certain immigrant groups are a burden on society, they have not helped but hindered their integration. These politicians will never tell you that if we contrarily promoted mutual acceptance and respect instead of suspicion and racism, we’d benefit socially and financially.

*Migration Institute archive.

  1. Akaaro

    I wish if i were knew this culture from other Scandinavian before i put my fingerprint here. No future and i am ending up with nothing——-

  2. Yossie

    Akaaro

    Feel free to go back to Somalia where you can be in the center of the society there. Go there to build your own country and dont come here moaning.

  3. Akaaro

    Yossie
    Somali is my country and Finland is my second nationality. Iam either not asking you or other whether i return back home or not. go away with your racial slurs.

    • Migrant Tales

      Akaaro, Yossie forgets that 1.2 million Finns left this country between 1860 and 1999. Where you live is your choice not anyone else’s.

  4. justicedemon

    Yossie

    Around one million Finns have left Finland for good since the middle of the 19th century, so the real question to ask is not why anyone would want to come and settle in Finland, but why you have not left.

    Every political party in Finland is, by definition, not satisfied with things as they are. All political parties seek change. These political agendas are nearly always based on foreign political theories and practices. Even your neofascist buddies are not peddling a home-grown solution. If discontent with current policy and practice is grounds for leaving (as it has been for more than a million Finns), then you should be campaigning to see every politician off into exile. I wonder why you limit this suggestion to Akaaro. Presumably it’s the melanin differential.

    Akaaro is staying, and you are either going to have to get used to that fact, or you must go and find some racist paradise elsewhere.

  5. D4R

    Yossie: Akaaro

    Feel free to go back to Somalia where you can be in the center of the society there. Go there to build your own country and dont come here moaning.

    Why are you moaning yourself in this blog about akaaro for expressing himself, he has right for that, he is unhappy with the politic in Finland, you’re not in position to tell him to go back to Somalia, i believe he is a Finn.