Is Finland Getting Xenophobic?

Jyrki Katainen, Prime Minister of Finland, is concerned that the Finns are no longer welcoming immigrants and seems to be loosing faith in the strength of Finland’s own culture and abilities.
 Speaking on Wednesday 31 August at his NCP parliamentary group’s summer conference in Espoo, Jyrki Katainen said he is concerned that the Finnish social climate is hardening. The premier said he has noticed a shift in society over recent months.
 “Is it really so that Finland is becoming a nation of cowards that doesn’t trust itself anymore? That doesn’t trust that we can succeed in an open international community? That doesn’t trust that Finnish culture is strong enough that we can welcome immigrants? That doesn’t trust its own abilities?” Jyrki Katainen.
 Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen also expressed regret that many political discussions had become more extreme in tone, despite the fact that Finland has traditionally emphasised values such as moderation and caution.

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