First of all: your argument that since there is no Finnish race , there can not have been racism toward Finns, is a childish circular argument. There most certainly has been racism toward the Finns in Sweden and by Swedish speakers even in Finland. The attitude and claim of racial supremacy of Swedes over Finns was very common and openly spoken by Swedish speaking population until good part of 20th century. Swedes and Swedish speaking Finns considered themselves as aryan, but Finns as mongolian origin. That only changed, when Finland became a convenient partner to nazi germany in Second WW. It’s all political. Today’s Sweden wants to see it’s history according to today’s values of equality. Well, those values are relatively new.
Secondly , coming back to today’s world:
There is resentment towards the swedish-speakers among finnish speakers as well as clear racism or if you prefer a word xenophobia, yes. No question about it. AND there is also similar racism/xenophobia towards the finnish speakers among the swedish speaking finns. The Ahvenanmaa has been reprimanded by The European Court of Human Rights more than in one occasion about the treatment of the Finnish speaking population there. There are also several cases of similar discrimination against finnish speakers in places like Tammisaari, where the Swedish speakers are majority. There have been incidents of violence towards individuals speaking swedish in Helsinki as well as in other cities, AND there have been violent incidents towards people speaking Finnish In Ahvenanmaa, Tammisaari etc. The claim of Finland being generally more racist than Sweden is a myth, some Swedes love to cherish. As is this fairytale of Finland never being a colony. The treatment of Finnish language and culture in Finland during the Swedish colonialism was outrages. Only thanks to the autonomy during Russian rule 1809-1917, the status of the Finnish language changed. Finland is officially bilingual country, the position and rights guaranteed to the 5% Swedish speaking population by constitution and in practice have no comparison anywhere in the world. The minority has all the education from comprehensive level to University provided to them in their mother tongue. The Finnish speaking majority has obligatory Swedish studies in school, and civil servants have to pass a Swedish test before they can be hired. The same works other way around in mainland : Swedish speakers have obligatory Finnish studies at school and the civil servants have pass a Finnish test. There is an exception though: Ahvenanmaa, which has only one official language and that is Swedish. This means there are no services, nor education provided in Finnish. Sweden how ever treats the Finnish speaking Swedes with completely different manner, Finnish received the status of official minority language in not earlier than year 2000, although according to the latest research by Radio of Sweden (Sveriges Radio), there are almost 470,000 people who speak or understand Finnish or Meänkieli, which is about 5.2% of the population of Sweden. That actually outnumbers the amount of the Swedish speakers in Finland. Now, make no mistake: I have no desire to take away the rights of Swedish speakers in Finland. Far from it, I support them. But I do not appreciate the Swedish white wash concerning our history.
Wheather Finland is or isn’t part of Scandinavia isn’t quite as simple as some of you seem to think. True, the Finnish language isn’t part of scandinavian language group, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic are. Finnish belongs to Fenno-Ugrian language group. How ever, historically large part of Sweden isn’t swedish speaking either. So called Meänkieli widely spoken in Northen Sweden is actually a dialect of Finnish. The Saami-people that populate Lappland -a territory that exceeds northern Norway, Sweden and Finland , speak also a fenno-ugrian language. Finland was colonialized by Sweden in 13th century and remained part of Swedish empire until 1809. To talk about ethnical differences today is at this point ridiculous, even when Saami people - the only remaining aboriginal nation in EU- are concerned, not to mention the rest of the nordic population. If the 6 centuries of common history hasn’t in your mind created any common features in the cultures of Finland and Sweden is a matter of an opinion. There is defenetely certain racist attitudes toward Finns in Sweden even today, and there is still certain resentment towards the privileges swedish speaking population enjoys in Finland remaining from colonial times. These reasons seem to color people’s views on the matter. My point is: this isn’t all that straigh forward as some people would like it to be.
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