29 Mar '13, 9am

"(TV show) 'Finland is Swedish' on the characteristics of Finnish society that can be traced to Sweden" Cue outrage

There was someone who said that if you want to cause outrage in Finnish society the themes that always work are class, ethnicity, sexuality or the Finnish achievements in the Second World War. We Finns often like to think that there is no class system in our country whatsoever, even though a long weekend in Helsinki will make it very clear that even Finland consists of different societal layers. And the thing about the Second World War? Well, the most important lesson is never to question Finnish successes and the right and justified motives behind all the actions. Both sexuality and ethnicity have been very much in the spotlight this year. The campaign for a same-sex marriage law has been going on for years and it’s on this topic that you can see just how close Finland is to Russia – my home country is the only Nordic country that still does not recognise same-sex marriag...

Full article: http://monocle.com/monocolumn/culture/dont-mention-the-sw...

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