The ‘True Finns’
When touching down in Finland, people tend to become aware of the True Finns, the populist party whose support has soared from 4.05% in 2007 to 19.05% in the parliamentary elections of 2011, making it the third largest party in the national parliament.
Finland is a young independent nation where society is rooted in agrarian rural culture, and the traditions connected to farming, small communities and a strong welfare state. This can create nostalgia for disappearing values. This, combined with Euroscepticism at having to bail out Eurozone countries in crisis, plays a large role in shaping racist and xenophobic attitudes.
Since the 2007 elections, immigration concerns have taken centre stage in Finnish politics; absurd when you consider that migrants make up only 4% of the population. A desire to protect and preserve the welfare state has given rise to ethno-nationalism; a belief that some are more deserving than others. Yet both migrant groups and national minorities are victims of racism in Finland, most commonly the Roma, Sami, and Tatar communities.
See all activities in this country: