Sunday, 26 July 2015 17:56

Finland and some dangerous trends

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"I'm dreaming of a strong, brave nation that will defeat this nightmare called multiculturalism. This ugly bubble that our enemies live in, will soon enough burst into a million little pieces. Our lives are entwined in a very harsh times. These are the days, that will forever leave a mark on our nations future. I have strong belief in my fellow fighters. We will fight until the end for our homeland and one true Finnish nation. The victory will be ours." – Olli Immonen a Finnish Parliamentarian from the Finns Party (the former ”true” Finns). ( )

That’s yet another far-right statement given yesterday by a member of the Finns Party. A statement that sparked vigorous discussions in the local social media - ranging from defending the freedom of speech to promoting far-right ideology, including comparisons to the coward deeds of Anders Breivik. Well in their best scenario those discussions, may smoothen the radically different views for the future of our small nation, but in their worse dimension they might continue the current trend of deepening radicalization. To be honest I am afraid of the latter and that’s because such polarizing statements are continuously coming from higher and higher layers of our society and reach wider and wider audience. At the same time the local authorities seem to be reluctant to react. On top of the economic difficulties all these create populist-friendly environment which overshadows our presence and future with dangerous trends from the past – such as radical nationalism, xenophobia, racism, discrimination and so.

Dear Mr. Immonen, let’s not forget that the cultural heritage of the civilized mankind, including Finland, is multicultural outcome of productive human collaboration. Just for example the Finnish alphabet was brought to Finland by Agricola from Germany, the numbers we vastly use are Arabic (1,2,3...) and Roman (I,II,III...) and the once mighty Nokia was largely international company. Furthermore the quick digitalization of our everyday life gets people and ideas closer together in an instant and in my view makes statements like yours, really difficult to understand in a creative for the nation and the contemporary trends manner. Also such statements may result in damages for the international reputation of our small nation, especially after they come from a Parliamentarian from the governing coalition.    

Kind regards, Rosti 

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