Yes, I agree, but for other reasons.
Finland’s image as a cautious nation, not given to the foolhardy social re-engineering as in its neighboring state of Sweden, has taken a bad hit in the international social media. Yes there are the few who still view Finnish society as worth protecting, but the political, social and media elite have fully thrown themselves into a tailspin over how to best placate these mostly fake refugees flowing into the country.
NOTE: If not for socialism, and blowhards (like these leftist hack politicians and the neo-statists, KOK, Center) who drive group rights/identity driven politics, we would not be involved in this mess.
Tarja Halonen served from 2000 to 2012 as Finland’s President and for years prior to that as a Social Democrat MP. In addition to her political career, Halonen has had a long and extensive career in trade unions and different non-governmental organizations.
In an A-Studio interview on Friday, Halonen agreed that violent acts and protests against refugees entering the country have directly influenced Finland’s image abroad.
“And in a negative way, of course. The person wrapped in sheets was one such incident. The fact that Finland has traditionally been associated with the Nordic countries, which have been seen to be prosperous, supportive of international cooperation and tolerant has now been called into question. Some people are thinking whether Finland can really identify itself as a Nordic country anymore”, the former president said.
Dislike of the foreign or strange
Halonen says when it comes to talk of xenophobia, for example, Finland is often grouped with Eastern European countries over its Nordic neighbours.
“There are Finns whose behaviour is in line with the classic definition of a racist. The majority of us are nevertheless just reticent, inclined to express slightly more negative emotions than positive ones. On an international scale, however, we Finns tend to have a very calm attitude towards most things.”
Should have thought twice
Attacks on refugees fleeing violence in their homelands and criticism of the European Union’s immigration policy are commonplace in Europe in recent months, but news of a Lahti protester dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit nevertheless made its mark in international headlines.
NOTE: Here’s a clue for Mama Moonbat, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland do not think Finland is really a “Nordic country”, the language difference being a major contributing factor, though Swedish is the second official language of the state.