At Books from Finland - now a WordPress blog - Jyrki Lehtola considers the True Finns, a relatively new political grouping in Finland. The True Finns reflect a populist outlook on the world, with conservative attitudes towards issues that concern things like immigrants, homosexuality, feminism, abortion and Europe. Until recently, Finns on the liberal left did their best to ignore this new movement in Finnish politics, but as time passes and it becomes increasingly clear that the True Finns are not going to go away, it looks as though some kind of new appraisal may be required:
And now the True Finns are suddenly a significant political force – evidence that we have failed to turn a significant portion of our nation into model European citizens; and what’s worse, they seem to be proud of their prejudices and negativity.
But we can’t say that. We can’t admit that we Finns are just that, true Finns. Our whole idealised self-portrait project would fall apart in our hands.
That is why we try to turn the True Finns into an anomaly, an interesting, exotic minority, and we in the media have always taken the side of downtrodden minorities, because minorities are cute like baby kittens.
But now the downtrodden minority is actually that rather large part of the populace who don’t care about any other minorities than themselves. And they don’t resemble kittens at all. They resemble us Finns.