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 reports that the police raided a “gypsy” funeral. Unfortunately I don’t have the article but the interesting point about the ad is that the tabloid uses the term “gypsy.” The term, as we know, reinforces old stereotypes that people in this group are somehow always involved in some shady business.
Fortunately today we use the term Romany minority. Even so, the plight of poor Eastern Europeans belonging to this group in Finland shows not only our prejudice but how inept we are in dealing with these people.
*Migration Institute archive.