These people are losers.

How about forgetting cosmetic changes to the country’s national anthem and go after the Left’s liberty crushing policies at home and in the EU?

National Coalition Party proposes new national anthem

If National Coalition Party leaders get their way, the party will begin campaigning for Finland to adopt a new national anthem. The party leadership will ask delegates to support a push to replace the current national anthem, Our Land (Maamme), with the Finlandia Hymn, written by iconic Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Sibelius-monumentin kasvot.

Image: AOP

The youth leadership of the National Coalition Party wants to adopt a new national anthem – the Finlandia Hymn, a section of the epic patriotic composition “Finlandia” by renowned Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Youth chapters of the Ostrobothnia and Tampere region party groups have pitched the idea for a new national anthem to be considered by delegates at the annual congress in June. The party leadership will recommend that delegates approve the initiative.

The NCP’s Ostrobothnia youth chapter has proposed replacing the current national anthem, Our Land (Maamme) , lyrics written by the national Swedish-Finnish poet J.L. Runeberg, with the Finlandia Hymn, lyrics by Finnish poet V.A. Koskiniemi. They have argued that Koskiniemi’s lyrics reflect Finns’ steadfastness and patriotism.

For its part the Tampere region youth arm said that Sibelius’ piece represents Finnishness and is a tribute to Finnish cultural history.

“For a national anthem Finland deserves a national song that is historically related to gaining independence,” the Tampere group said, referencing the importance of Sibelius’ work as part of the Finnish national struggle to resist efforts to increase Russian influence.



What’s even more troublesome is that the state owns any company at all.

face palm

Police suspect former Finavia management in risky loss-making investments

Finnavian johdannaiskaupay

Four former Finavia management officials are the main suspects in a police probe into a series of risky derivatives investments which racked up losses of 34 million euros for the state-owned company. Police have wrapped up a preliminary investigation into the dicey deals by the airports operator and have referred the case to prosecutors for consideration of charges.

More here.


Doesn’t sound Finnish to me.

Though the report doesn’t mention the background of the man, how much do you want to bet it was someone like this in the below picture? Can’t say either way, but this is such a strange and out of place story that it’s very very likely.

muslim praying on cab

This in Helsinki: Taxi driver relieves himself next to a car in broad daylight – toilet paper left on the street

act of his car next to a taxi driver needs Veräjämäessä was too much. Taxi Helsinki does not care about the past six months that the driver orders.
Act of his car next to a taxi driver needs Veräjämäessä was too much. Taxi Helsinki does not care about the past six months that the driver orders. (PHOTO: Heidi Piiroinen; Colourbox )


 The taxi driver relieved himself next to his car. Helsinki Taxi punished.

The taxi driver parked his car in the turning around area at Helsinki’s Veräjänmäentie street in broad daylight. He had an emergency and relieved himself next to the car.

A resident in the opposing apartment building looked at the situation from the balcony. He notified Taxi Helsinki. The Mrs. reported how the driver threw the toilet paper next to the car.

– It is, after all not about a bigger distress. We never had any kind of a case like this before, Taxi Helsinki Quality Manager Teemu Niemelä states.


The Left is full of racists, of the soft and hard core versions……

You can rest assured that YLE journo hacks writing the following hit piece did it with glee.

Soini hits back at Antti Rinne over racism claims

Foreign minister slams “spineless” claim that his Finns Party is a haven for racist ideology. Rinne, head of the Social Democrats and former finance minister, made his criticisms in an interview to the newspaper Kaleva.

Ulkoministeri Timo Soini.

Foreign minister and Finns Party leader Timo Soini Image: Yle

The foreign minister and head of the Finns Party, Timo Soini, has slammed the leader of the Social Democrats for claiming that the populist party is a haven for racist views.

Antti Rinne, head of the SDP and a former finance minister, used an interview in the newspaper Kaleva to criticise the Finns Party for saying one thing yet doing another when it comes to racism.

In the report, Rinne condemned the Finns Party for “giving shelter to racist ideology”, and said: “Although they publicly say they don’t accept hate speech, individuals’ comments about immigration prove the opposite. You can’t get around the fact that there seems to be a trend at the moment where they publicly denounce racism yet nonetheless want those votes.”

Racist hatchet

In a statement sent to media on Sunday, Soini denounced Rinne’s comments and accused him of “playing the racist card”.

”What Rinne’s saying, then, is that the 524,000 Finns who voted for the Finns Party at the last election were voting to protect racists. That claim is outrageous and unfounded,” Soini wrote.

Soini insisted that the words of the leader of Finland’s largest opposition party were “unacceptable,” and an insult to hundreds of thousands of Finnish voters. “Throwing the racism-hatchet is nothing new for our country’s red-green liberals,” Soini wrote, “but coming from the mouth of the leader of the largest opposition party and opinion-poll lapdog, it’s something serious,” he continued.

Soini also said that, as foreign minister, he carries responsibility for Finland’s image abroad.

“Creating a false picture of our native land is a spineless thing to do,” he said.

Soini also published a response to Rinne’s comments on his blog.



Anyone other than me seeing a potential problem with this?

Then there’s the justifiable bitterness that erupts from indigenous Finns who are presently suffering from a +10% unemployment situation who can’t find work, and are forced to pay taxes that helps pay the salaries of those training others when it should be themselves in these programs.

Helsinki works with startup to train asylum seekers to ease coder crunch

The city of Helsinki has quietly launched a programme to teach 100 asylum seekers the art of software programming – or coding. The city is hoping that the pilot will kill two birds with one stone – by easing the shortage of coders in the software industry and providing a fast track for the newcomers to find work and integrate into Finnish society.

Turvapaikanhakija koodarikoulutuksessa.

Asylum seekers who’ve been selected for Helsinki’s pilot training programme will learn the use of coding languages such as HTML and CSS – often used for building websites or applications.

The city is partnering with a Finnish startup, Integrify, whose mission is to help refugees integrate by learning software development. The company’s launched its programme with a handful of participants, and now wants to partner with the city to expand to bring up to 100 asylum seekers on board.

“Recently 30,000 to 35,000 people have come to Finland and as we all know, integration is a major challenge. We believe that there is an opportunity to help people and to train them in a sector where there is a dire shortage of workers. That will help them find work quickly,” said Integrify founder and pilot organizer Daniel Rahman explained.

Tens of thousands to find a good coder

Affecto is one of the largest IT services companies in the Nordics. Business director Mikko Eerola said there is a constant demand for competent coders.

“We always have vacancies in Finland and elsewhere in the world. In our kind of IT services company we also increasingly need coders in different positions such as [deployed in] customer businesses and elsewhere,” Eerola noted.

Jasu Koponen, chief executive of the digital event search startup Venuu said that companies are willing to shell out big bucks to secure good coding talent.

“From what I know of the startup sector and other firms in this industry, sometimes they may invest up to tens of thousands of euros to recruit a skilled coder. Demand has gotten out of hand,” Koponen declared.

Workers deserve workers’ pay

Yle asked whether the pilot could lead to a situation where trained asylum seekers merely end up being low-wage workers in an otherwise well-paid field.

“By no means is the intention to create some pool of low-wage coders, workers should get workers’ pay. Especially in this kind of work it is very easy to rate skills and what level of pay would be suitable for those skills,” Rahman said.

One of the initial participants in the Integrify training programme, Iraqi Eyastaha, traveled through ten countries to get to Finland. He recently found out that he’d received a job offer, although he’s been in the country for less than six months and doesn’t know the language.

He said that he intends to wholeheartedly throw himself into his budding career but already has his sights set on something bigger.

“Of course I want to focus on work as well as I can, but maybe in five years I can begin my own startup.”



Statism is a de facto rejection of the civil society.

It’s one of the issues where I have greatly expressed my disgust with pseudo ”conservative” leaders, in that they are ”throw-ins” with the socialist nanny welfare state, but when they do something that bucks any form of that statism, I applaud them.

SDP challenges government over privatisation, care for disadvantaged

Antti Rinne.

Opposition parties aim to put the Sipilä government’s feet to the fire over the direction in which it is taking Finland, including privatisation and alleged neglect of the elderly, sick and families. Yle TV1 will broadcast the proceedings beginning at 2 pm Wednesday, so the Yle News broadcast at 3.05 pm will be pre-empted.

More here.


Glad to hear it, no mention however as to whether he distances himself from socialism as well.

Do take notice of the mention of the Russians, as being ”odd bedfellows” of the neo-Nazis. No it’s not. When you understand that Russia’s main goal is the destabilizing of the West using any and all means available, it all makes perfect sense.

They even help the jihadis as well, at the same time they’re operating against them domestically. It’s all about keeping the West off balance, they’re more than happy with crashing the West to a certain level, as long as they’re on top of the ash heap.

Repentant Nazi: “What I was doing was crazy”

Esa Holappa

Esa Holappa was a co-founder of the neo-Nazi Finnish Resistance Movement. While he was officially the group’s leader for four years, he says that the real power was in the hands of others. Image: Marcus Rosenlund / Yle

About two years ago the co-founder and leader of the Finnish Resistance Movement (FRM), Esa Holappa, quietly left Finland’s most militant neo-Nazi group. Explaining the reasons behind his departure for the very first time, he tells Yle’s Spotlight programme that he simply could not reconcile raising children while continuing to work for the hate group.

“I thought about my time in the Nazi movement,” the 31-year old Holappa says now. “And I suddenly realised that what I was doing was crazy.”

While he seems confident that it was the right decision to leave the racist group he helped establish, his departure has not been trouble-free.

“Of course I cannot erase my past days as a neo-Nazi—even if I wanted to,” Holappa says. “I can’t deny my past and say it never happened. On the other hand I can be proud that I grew up and left behind all the anger and distrust. I left once I took a long look at myself in the mirror; I was able to see how wrong racism and white power truly are.”

He says that he’d been exposed to those divisive ideals at a young age and that he freely allowed them to become part of his life. Until a couple of years ago he says he did not permit himself to consider questioning his overt nationalism and racist ideas.

More here.


In full agreement with the verdict. How much time should we give those who participated in the subversion of our society with fraudulent, Jew hating Muslim settlers?

Arsonist gets 3.5 years for attack on reception centre

A man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for an attack on a reception centre in Petäjävesi in which he threw five petrol bombs. Around 80 people were in the centre at the time, including many children.

Petäjäveden vastaanottokeskukseen tehtiin helmikuussa 2016 polttopulloisku.

Image: Isto Janhunen / Yle

Central Finland District Court has sentenced a Petäjävesi man to three and a half years in prison for attempted arson after he tried to burn down a reception centre while around 80 asylum seekers were inside.

The man, who was born in 1991, threw five petrol bombs at the centre’s windows in an attempt to burn it down. Some of bombs, which consisted of a bottled filled with petrol, went through a window and caused a fire inside the entrance hall of the centre, which produced a lot of smoke.

Investigators said that the fired only burnt itself out through a lack of further fuel once the petrol had burnt, and that if flammable material had been present in the entrance hall the result could have been a lot worse.

According to the charges the man had intended to cause serious danger to the lives of those inside the centre at the time.


The Balkanization of a society………

muslim intergration

NOTE: So then they’ll need Somalis to interpret the thesis of these Somali students……real scientific. 1st rate state headed for the crapper.

Helsinki University to offer degree in Somali language

Starting in autumn 2017 the University of Helsinki will offer Somali philology as a full study programme, complete with a pathway to a master’s degree. Two new study paths are in store, one for native Somali speakers and another for non-native speakers.

Helsingin yliopisto
A University of Helsinki entrance. Image: Ronnie Holmberg / Yle

A Somali language degree programme will be launched by the University of Helsinki in autumn 2017. A briefer, 15-study point package is already set to begin at the beginning of the autumn semester this year.

In future, the Somali language may be studied all the way through to a master’s degree at the Helsinki University.

Somali language courses will be organised as hourly instruction at first, but Faculty of Arts Dean Arto Mustajoki says that a vacancy for a contract Somali language teacher will soon be established.

The number of students who will get to begin their Somali studies is not yet set, but Mustajoki estimates that some 6-8 students will be accepted to the programme annually.

Need based on size of the minority

Mustajoki says that Finland’s Somali-speaking minority is now so large that including it as a subject at the University is more than reasonable.

“It will not be solely language instruction either, as the teaching will also include cultural elements,” Mustajoki says.

The University of Helsinki also aims to increase the number of students it admits to its Chinese and Arabic philology programmes by 15 places each year, and the number of students studying English philology will be increased by 20-25 people, according to demand.

Admissions to German and French language study programs will in contrast be cut in future, due to a lower demand.



While the government opened its doors last year, and is now flying in muslim fraudugees on the taxpayer’s dime. It’s about time we hold the government accountable and find them guilty of the same.

Finnair steward convicted of people smuggling

A Finnair steward has been handed an 18 month conditional prison sentence for arranging illegal entry to the country. He will also have to pay the state 30,000 euros he received as proceeds of his crimes. He had helped 30 Chinese citizens bypass the Schengen area border controls at Helsinki airport between 2013 and 2016.

Finnairin lentokoneita Helsinki-Vantaan lentoasemalla.

Image: AOP

Vantaa District Court has sentenced a Finnair flight attendant for human trafficking undertaken over a three year period between 2013 and 2016. The Chinese man was given an 18 month suspended prison sentence for helping some 30 Chinese citizens bypass Schengen area border controls at Helsinki airport.

He will also have to pay the state some 30,000 euros he received as proceeds of the crime of arranging the illegal immigration. There were 17 attempts to convey people through the controls, and 15 of those succeeded, meaning some 30 people were trafficked.

The two failed attempts did not work out because China prevented the people from leaving the country.

The man was employed via a subcontractor, and he was detained at Helsinki airport in February. He had admitted what he’d done, but said he had not been operating as part of an organised criminal gang.



If you want to look at how successful Marxist indoctrination was in Finland, just look at nanny state, and how there is not a single party that dare run against it. Also, the fealty shown to big statist apparatus’ like the UN and the EU, there is not a single party that dare show any contempt for either of the two mentioned (save a few voices within a couple of parties and they’re marginalized).

NOTE: Oh, and globull warming is not disputed here at all, the biggest wealth distribution scheme in the history of the world, gets full credibility here. So yes, leftist ideology is still being disseminated in public schools.

Researcher: Communist teaching experiment much broader than thought

New research has shown that a controversial 1970s experiment aimed at inserting communist propaganda into Finnish teaching syllabuses was much more widespread than originally thought. The researcher says that this experiment in Pirkkala was the result of systematic attempts by left social democrats to get Marxist material into Finnish school books.Koululaisia marssimassa julisteiden kanssa 70-luvulla.

Children involved in the controversial 1970s Pirkkala experiment Image: Yle

In 1975 Finland was in uproar over a teaching experiment in the western municipality of Pirkkala that appeared to use Soviet textbook material in Finnish comprehensive school classrooms. Questions were asked in parliament and the official line was—in the middle of the Cold War—that this was a small, short-lived experiment.

Now historian Jari Leskinen has discovered that the experiment was much broader than admitted at the time. Documents found in the archives at Tampere University show that the pupils in Pirkkala were subjected to the Marxist texts between the first and ninth grades. The children’s parents were not informed or asked for permission.

It had hitherto only been admitted that fifth-graders were involved. Part of the reason for official reticence was the international scrutiny of Finland at a time when it was known for Finlandisation and a geopolitical spot somewhere between the western world and the eastern bloc.

Finlandisation and the CSCE

That year Finland hosted the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, a landmark event that led to the foundation of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe some years later. The eyes of the world were on Finland and, along with some 1,500 news stories published in Finland, news of the unorthodox teaching methods spread worldwide thanks to the journalists in Helsinki at the time to cover the conference.

Leskinen works as a criminal analyst for the National Bureau of Investigation, but he has also researched relations between Estonia and Finland in the ’20s and ’30s, and the Porkkala peninsula’s history as a Soviet base.

He says he is not a member of any political party, and became interested in the case when he received some material from a colleague heading for retirement. The police had investigated the Pirkkala case, but had not uncovered the true extent of the experiments.

Leskinen’s curiosity was piqued, he began to investigate, and the result is his new book whose title translates as Onwards to socialism! – Pirkkala Primary School’s Marxist Experiment 1973-75.

Social Democrats and ‘Stalinists’

Leskinen says that the experiment was the responsibility of those who approved it at the National Board for Education, namely the board’s director Erkki Aho and the then-Education Minister, Ulf Sundqvist.

At the time Aho blamed those involved in realising the project, and they in turn tried to shift the blame back on to Aho. Those executing the experiment were from Tampere and Jyväskylä universities and Joensuu school of applied science.

Leskinen characterises them as ‘Stalinists’, which in Finland at that time meant members of the Communist Party who followed Moscow’s line, not literally ‘supporters of Stalin’.

‘No pollution in the Soviet Union’

The teaching material used in the experiment came from Soviet text books and also the Finnish-Soviet friendship society’s own material. It told of the achievements of socialism and the exploitative policies employed by capitalist countries, especially the United States.

For example the material claimed that there was no pollution problem at all in the Soviet union, but in the US capitalist-owned factories polluted the workers’ environment.

Demonstrations and poster-making were part of the programme. As children entered the experiment they were given a test to gauge their attitudes to socialism and the Soviet Union, and after the experiment their attitudes were tested again.

How can socialism be achieved?

Leskinen unearthed one of the exams given to first and fourth graders. Among other things, they were asked the following (‘correct’ answer marked with an x):

“Why is there no unemployment in the Soviet Union?”

1. There are so few people living there ( )

2. The government arranges work for the unemployed ( )

3. Long-term planning of industry and business (x)

4. Short working days ( )

Pupils were also asked how socialism can be achieved:

1. Armed conflict in a civil war ( )

2. A revolution carried out by the working class (x)

3. Via parliamentary elections ( )

4. By foreign powers’ intervention ( )


The Pirkkala children were a disappointment to the enthusiastic leftists trying to inculcate a socialist mindset. Many of them had even more negative opinions of socialism after the experiment than they did beforehand.

The test in Pirkkala was one of some fifty experiments around the introduction of the Comprehensive school (peruskoulu) system in 1972. The Pirkkala study was the most well-known partly because of the content and intention of its architects, but also because it got more funding than the others. In the final stages it was funded from funds that should have been spent elsewhere, according to Leskinen’s research.

Leskinen suspects political interference in the research produced around the experiment. The Chancellor of Justice limited the research to be published to only part of the experiment, and the officials involved only received verbal warnings.



Common sense if you ask me……..

Majority of Finnish MEPs oppose visa-free regime for Turkey

An Yle survey has found that a majority of Finnish MEPs would oppose the introduction of a visa-free regime for Turkish citizens entering the Schengen area. Just three of Finland’s representatives in the European Parliament support the move, which is part of a deal on migrant repatriation between the EU and Turkey.

Ahmet Davutoglu ja Angela Merkel
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and German chancellor Angela Merkel agreed a deal to try and stem the flow of refugees into the EU. Image: Sedat Suna / EPA

The EU Commission on Wednesday urged EU member states and MEPs to back a deal granting visa-free access to the Schengen area for Turkish citizens, so long as Turkey meets 72 conditions—but Finnish MEPs are less than keen, according to an Yle poll.

The agreement was struck between the EU and Turkey to try and halt migrant flows from Turkey to Greece, and implement a mechanism to deport migrants from Greece back to Turkey if they do not claim asylum.

As a quid pro quo Turkey asked for a relaxed regime for its citizens, but EU governments and MEPs must back the deal. Of 13 Finnish MEPs just three say they favour lifting the visa requirement, seven are opposed and a further three remain on the fence.

Some based their opposition on Turkey’s failure to meet all 72 conditions, but the Commission said on Wednesday that all but five have been met—and those remaining five are expected to be met soon.

The three MEPs positive on the deal were from the Centre, SDP and National Coalition parties—but all three had party colleagues opposing the agreement. Both Finns Party members were against the agreement, while the Left Alliance and Swedish People’s Party MEPs did not give a view one way or the other. The Green League MEP said that she opposed the agreement as Turkey had not yet met the conditions.




It’s rich that the site would be accused of disseminating false news/distortions of the truth, YLE and other big media do that on a regular basis, and never apologize for it. 

I only need to point to YLE itself in how it reported on the Jussi Halla-aho case, and continues to refer to the verdict (to smear) without qualifiers when it reports on Halla-aho in the English version of their site.

Police and prosecutor expand co-operation against MV Lehti

Finnish police have had several complaints about the MV Lehti website, which is accused of publishing false news and promoting hate speech. Those who think they may be the victim of crimes as a result of the website’s content are urged to contact police before the end of the month.

Kuvakaappaus MV-lehden etusivusta.

The controversial MV Lehti stands accused of racist and inflammatory postings. Image: Yle

Finnish police have announced that they are working closely with prosecutors to investigate the operations of an alternative news site, MV Lehti, which stands accused of disseminating false information and promoting hate speech.

In a statement on the national police website, police said that they suspect that several articles on the website are baseless, distortions of the truth, or that they infringe copyright.

They have received dozens of complaints about the website, and are currently investigating cases of suspected copyright infringement, libel, aggravated defamation, fundraising crimes and gambling crimes.

The investigation is being co-ordinated by Helsinki police, and has required co-operation with foreign law enforcement agencies.

The site’s founder, Ilja Janitskin, is based in Spain.

Police are asking anyone who believes they may be a victim of crimes related to the website’s articles to contact them during May.


NOTE: Finland has it’s own versions of the National Enquirer that do engage in exactly what they are claiming against MVLehti. Also, since the site uses Jew hater, Juha Kärkkäinen’s material, that alone relegates the site to the trash bin.



And all this is happening within a country with already +10% unemployment numbers, over 350 000 Finns out of work.

These people are absolutely nuts.

Govt’s six-point integration plan stresses education, language skills, jobs for migrants

Government ministers stepped forward on Tuesday to present a six-point plan aimed at accelerating migrant integration. The ministers of Education, Employment and Local Government offered up a plan that focused on rapid resettlement, training and an early transition to the job market as well as acquiring Finnish language skills.

Kulttuuriministeri Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (kok).

Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen. Image: Yle

Justice and Employment Minister Jari Lindström, Education and Culture Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen and Local Government and Public Reform Minister Anu Vehviläinen presented the series of six major proposals to journalists during a news conference Tuesday.

The government ministers said that the goal of their integration action plan is to ensure that migrants are quickly settled in municipalities, where they can get training and work.

1. Accelerated resettlement in municipalities and speedy integration

According to the ministers, currently municipalities don’t have adequate space for immigrants and the government is looking to fast track the process of settling new arrivals in local communities. Residence permits granted will be used as a model for initial mapping as a means of directing asylum recipients to areas in which it would be easier for them to integrate. Employment Minister Jari Lindström said that this measure would prevent the concentration of refugees in the capital region.

2. Fast track to training and working life

Part of the government’s plan would involve linking educational institutions to the initial mapping process. The aim is to increase the availability of work-based training. The government would set out to develop customised training pathways that would facilitate integration, and as quickly as possible.

3. Improved language skills

According to Employment Minister Lindström language skills don’t develop on the school bench; instead he noted, people should aim to develop their Finnish language skills in the workplace.

4. Adult education reform

Among the new arrivals are young adults who have not completed their basic education. Education and Culture Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen said that Finland has not needed adult primary education programmes for some time, so the situation is a new one for the education system. Education programmes will also include elements such as language and culture programmes as well as provide training in how to function in Finnish society.

The reforms to primary education won’t be implemented before 2018, but the minister said that education authorities will organise primary education or preparatory training from next autumn for migrants who are past school-leaving age.

5. Integration for migrant families

The government also aims to reinforce integration programmes by ensuring that schemes for the integration of women, children and young adults receive support from social and health care as well as school officials. Services will be required to take account of the special needs of immigrant families, for example by increasing and upgrading interpreter and translation training.

6. Leisure activities and community organisations

The ministers said that efforts will be made to boost immigrant participation in hobbies and community organisations. Lindström and Grahn-Laasonen highlighted examples such as sports. Officials will also increase project funding for cultural activities that support integration.



What should scare you to death is the government dictating to you what is, and isn’t, ”correct speech”.

And increasingly, the government uses the word racism incoherently, like: Ikä rasisimi (age discrimination). Age is no more a race than Islam is, yet they’ll use the word racism in conjunction with anti-Islam criticism.

Education and Culture Ministry launches campaign to combat racism, hate speech

Education and Culture Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen is to lead her ministry in a 10-point programme designed to combat racism and hate speech. The campaign will target areas such as training for education officials, youth outreach and inter-faith dialogue.

Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeri Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (kok.).

Minister of Education and Culture, Sanni Grahn-Laasonen. Image: Petteri Paalasmaa / AOP

Education and Culture Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen will take the lead in a programme aimed at combating and preventing hate speech and racism.

The 10-point programme will involve measures such as training for teaching professionals, youth outreach and inter-faith dialogue.

“Hate speech and racism are absolutely things we should condemn. No one should have to live in an environment in which people openly deny others an equal place as a member of society. The mood in Finland has changed and that demands work,” Grahn-Laasonen said in a ministry release.

The programme will also involve emphasising media criticism as part of education and teaching. Municipal youth outreach programmes will also receive specialised assistance for the project, in a bid to prevent hate speech and promote equality.

The Ministry of Education and Culture will also fund education programmes to help young people learn to recognise and prevent racism and hate speech and to intervene in related incidents.

“Teaching professionals will especially be trained to engage in difficult discussions on issues such as hate speech, racist behaviour and signs of radicalisation,” the statement said.



It’s spring in Finland and dark as winter all at the same time.

It’s truly disgusting that the symbol of the mass slaughter of more than 150 million people, and persecution, subjugation of hundreds of millions more, is still dared to be flown under any circumstances in the West.

Translation: This year’s ‘ four Soviet Union flags were seen flying. It’s always shocking to me, makes me sad.


From Weasel Zippers in honor of May Day:


Only a statist (pre-enlightenment thinking) driven government would have to be ”mulling over” such a scenario.

The free market is a wonderful thing, it only rewards success, from those who freely engage in purchasing goods and services. The government is the only enterprise that rewards failure, by the forceful taking of other people’s money with nothing in return.

Ministers will decide “within weeks” whether to let Talvivaara fail

Terrafamen purkuputki laskee kaivokselle kertyneen ylimääräisen puhdistetun veden Nuasjärveen.

Economic affairs minister Olli Rehn said the time has come to decide whether the government should continue paying millions of euros in taxpayer funds to keep the embattled mine in operation, after a court decision makes finding new investors more difficult. Talvivaara went bankrupt in 2014 following a string of environmental disasters.

More here.


Every single one of them should be forced to sit through Flemming Rose’s presentation in Helsinki, and multiple times.

1984 not an instruction manual

#sananvastuuvala  translates to #responsiblespeechoath

Union of Journalists # sananvastuuvala campaign brings together communicators who respect truth and human dignity. To participate you only need one posting in social media.

Freedom of speech is sometimes mistaken for the liberty to say anything without any consequences. However, freedom of expression involves responsibility for your own writings.

A responsible communicator respects truth and human dignity.

Now you can participate in responsible freedom of expression by emphasising the #responsiblespeechoath campaign on social media such as on Facebook or on Twitter.

The oath reads as follows:

I express myself by respecting human rights. Hate speech will not silence me. I take full responsibility for my words. #sananvastuuvala (#responsiblespeechoath)

Sharing the oath constitutes acceptance of responsibility in what you say, for example, in the media, on social networks or in discussion forums.

At the same time remind others of the importance of responsible communication.

You can challenge a colleague, friend or anyone you want to join. You do not have to work in the media industry to share the oath.


There are several options:

  • You can share your oath as plain text as an update on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Alongside the oath publish a photo of yourself holding in your hand, a new copy of Journalist (6/2016, Published on Thursday 28.4.) In the centerfold will be a page, where it says #sananvastuuvala. If you do not have the magazine, you can print the hashtag # sananvastuuvala- website (attached to this text, different options), or write it on your own paper.

image update, #sananvastuuvala

  • You can also read the oath in the video at the same time, when you hold your hand for example. Sananvastuuvala # journalistic found on hashtag (The same oath reads on the second page).


Jaakko Kilpeläinen


From what I have been told, many of these frauds are coming with lots of cash, so spending a little to gain a lot in return is but a small investment.

What should be rejected are their applications, let alone the bringing in of their kin. We’re talking about 10 00-15 000 asylum seekers bring in their large families, so in a very short time that number balloons to 3 to 5 % of the original number (+ 50 000-75 000 people).

Family reunifications becoming costlier

Faced with a projected 20-fold increase in residence permit applications, Finland will begin charging fees for those seeking family reunifications.

Alaikäinen turvapaikanhakija.

Last year, some 32,500 people sought asylum in Finland, with the largest surge in early autumn.Image: Yle

Finland will begin charging fees for those seeking family reunifications, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday. Applications filed by relatives of refugees granted international protection will be no longer be free as of mid-May. Until now, some such filings have been exempt from fees charged for other residence permit applications.

Under the new rules, applying for a residence permit will cost 455 euros per adult and 230 euros per child.

Tuuli Tuunanen, a senior officer at the ministry, told Yle that the charges cover the costs of handling the paperwork.

“Basically all residence permits are already subject to fees. Now this exception for family members is being removed as the number of filings and the associated costs are expected to rise,” she told Yle.

Finland has a relatively strict definition of family, including only spouses, registered or cohabiting partners, children and guardians of minors under age 18.

Asylum applications remain free

The Finnish Immigration Service predicts that some 17,000 family reunification applications will be lodged this year, compared to just 770 last year – an increase of more than 2000 percent. Last year the number of arriving asylum seekers rose more than tenfold to 32,500.

So far roughly a quarter of applications so far processed have been approved, meaning these refugees may apply to bring in family members. Authorities expect the biggest wave of these applications to hit this summer.

Meanwhile nearly 40 percent withdrawing their claims and/or voluntarily leaving the country, while 18 percent of applications have been rejected.

Applying for residence permits will remain free of charge for approved asylum seekers and refugees brought into the country under quota agreements.

The new fees for family members will apply to all applications received after May 16. Tuunanen confirms that any documents registered before that date will not be subject to the new costs.

Humanitarian residence permits phased out

Meanwhile President Sauli Niinistö is expected to sign a new law on Friday doing away with the old practice of issuing residence permits on humanitarian grounds. Instead those seeking international protection in the country can only be granted asylum or residence permits based on so-called subsidiary protection. This is intended to harmonise Finnish legislation with that of the EU and other member states.

Stricter rules will also apply to the collection of processing fees. From now on, officials will not begin processing any application before all applicable fees are paid up.