Finland after “Jytky”

The True Finns came, saw and won. Their chairman Timo Soini named the victory as “jytky”, which means a huge, unexpected happening, a big bang, or something similar.

Many people have been extremely worried about the election results. True Finns are seen as an ultra-conservative movement that are gaining support with populist theses. They are known to be anti-immigrant and anti-EU and they support nationalistic views with strong army and police force, traditional family values and Christianity. They are often compared to nazis in Germany of 1930’s, but in reality they are not an extreme right wing party, but rather in a political center. However they are not liberal. Not at all.

I disagree with them in almost everything. Hence I voted for someone else in some other party.

However, I’m not worried about their victory. Of course I’m willing to pack my things and go to some other country to live, but the main reasons for that are miserable cold weather, darkness in winter and the cost of living in Finland.

There can be seen a trend in Facebook and other social media, where everyone is considering immigrating to somewhere else and people are publicly announcing that they are not happy with the election result and did not vote for True Finns.

But what will happen next? That is to be seen. The negotiations for the next government are certainly not easy and we may end up having another election if no coalition can gain a majority in 200 member parliament.

In the long run, I don’t think there will be any major changes in Finnish society and politics. People will go to work as usual, discuss about what kind of weather fortune tellers have predicted for summer and complain about what Johanna Tukiainen has said and done, just like before elections.

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  1. I agree; their victory isn’t that serious politically speaking. Especially because of the concern it has raised from non-persu people meaning that a response is imminent.

    What does worry me, however, is those Finns (myself included) who live abroad and would one day like to return. With my dual nationality and Europe-trotting lifestyle I could go live almost anywhere, but my persistent homesickness is forcing me to make plans to return. It’s hard enough with my cousins there presenting me as “the Italian” when I was in fact born and raised in Finland, now I wonder what life will be like when this nationalist agenda is brought to the forefront of Finnish life.

    Besides, the rising popularity of right-wing populism in Europe at large is a concerning phenomenon. Soon enough the weather will remain the only factor in moving.

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