Posts Tagged: racism in Finland

YLE: True Finns Publish Election Manifesto

Comment: The first thing that struck me about the True Finns’ sixty-nine-page election manifesto was the first sentence. It states that the True Finns are a party  based on “honesty, justice, humanity, equality, respect for work and entrepreneurship as well as spiritual growth.” The terms that especially caught my eye  were “humanity” and “equality.” When

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EDITORIAL: Finnish immigration debate

Is the present one-sided and passionate debate on immigration in Finland going to turn ugly? Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb poured some needed cold water on the debate by stating that it “reeks of racism, nationalism, populism, and xenophobia.”

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Xenophobic death threats to the Finnish government

The most recent death threats to some members of Finland’s government reported by Nelonen television by some fanatics is in some cases the doing of the politicians, who have not spoken out strongly enough against racism but have by and large preferred to remain silent on the matter.

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Racist sign in Finland

I was pretty surprised when I bumped into this sign at the Pieksämäki Railway Station in eastern Finland. A sign like this in a country with a large Mexican or Mexican American population would create quite an outcry. Does the owner attract more customers because they may share the same stereotypic views of foreigners in general and Mexicans in particular? Why is there a “Mexican” and not a Russian “Cossack” dressed in the same demaning manner?

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