White Finnish privilege #56: How Islamophobic is Finland?

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Ever thought why political parties like the Perussuomalaiset,* Blue Reform and politicians from other parties, especially from the National Coalition Party, are so keen at pointing the finger at Muslims? Do they do so because they are racists? Opportunists? Political gold diggers? 

What about the media that permits this type of anti-social behavior to go near-unchecked?

I have never heard the following statement made by a Finnish journalist when interviewing Islamophobes: “There are in Finland an estimated 70,000 Muslims and that amounts to just 1.3% of the population. What gives?”


Islamophobia and hate crime go hand in hand as in the case of a Pakistani migrant who was brutally attacked in February. Source: Migrant Tales.

Islamophobia breeds violence. A mosque in Oulu vandalized on Christmas Eve-Day. Read the full story here.


While it’s clear that parties like the PS, Blue Reform and others together with Neo-Nazi groups like the Nordic Resistance Movement spread their Islamophobic rants wholesale, what does it say about those politicians and parties that remain silent in the face of such victimization and bullying?

In my opinion, such politicians and people are the real culprits behind the racism that feeds of society’s prejudices. They are the ones, with poker faces, speak to us about social equality for all but would not raise a finger to challenge racism.

Talk is cheap when it comes to hypocrisy.

White Finnish privilege #56

Like a real bully, white privilege is blind to the size of your victimize. The smaller, the better. The more defenseless, the better. All of this is good for attaining political profit.

The rise of the Islamophobic PS as a major political force in Finland after the 2011 elections, is an sign that Islamophobia and racism, in general, is an unchecked social ill too many are willing to deny or accept with their silence.

Finland’s white privilege perpetuates the suffering and social exclusion of other minorities in this country.

It must stop.

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity never mind Muslims and other visible minorities. One is more open about it while the other says it in a different way. 

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

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  1. juhis88

    Hopefully we can hear more about the case soon because we can’t trust Finnish police for giving trustworthy information about the case.