A Finnish reader and blogger (who has asked not to be identified) sends us a translation of an important article from the author’s Finnish-language website. It is about Multiculturalism and the effects of Muslim immigration in both Finland and Sweden.
The translator includes the following introductory note:
The article covers a lot of the same issues as Fjordman and it is backed by references to news articles (in Finnish and Swedish) and publicly available statistics (in Finland and in Sweden).
Finland has had a significantly more restrictive immigration policy over the years than Sweden, Norway and Denmark. That is why the problems caused by Muslim immigration are of a smaller scale than in neighboring countries. However, the things may change for the worse in the future, since PC multiculturalism is prevalent here as well.
The original article is here.
The author is Jussi Halla-Aho, a historical linguist (Slavic languages), and is currently a PhD, since he completed his thesis a couple of months ago. He is running for Finnish parliament in the next election in 2007 as an independent candidate for True Finns party (Perussuomalaiset). Currently this party has 3 MPs (out of 200).
The ideology of this party can be compared to similar parties in other Nordic countries like Sverigedemokraterna (Swedish Democrats) in Sweden and Fremskritspartiet (Progressive Party) in Norway.
I am writing to you, because, in my opinion, his articles are worthy of a larger audience and they describe fairly accurately the situation in Europe right now.
Jussi has become kind of a cult hero in Finland ever since the Mohammed cartoon madness. During the cartoon events, Finnish prime minister Matti Vanhanen apologized for the publication of cartoons on a Finnish website. In addition, the police investigated the website but the state prosecutor decided not to prosecute the case. Finland was never a target for angry Muslims, which is what Vanhanen wanted with his apology.
And now for the article itself:
Multicultural Discourse Here and Across the Border
By Jussi Halla-Aho
By following the crime statistics published by the Finnish Department of Justice on crimes committed by foreign nationals it is possible to find out that the situation remains very stable. The same immigrant groups (Turkish, Iranian, Iraqi and Somali) are over-represented in the same categories of crime (battery, robbery, sex crimes), and the relative proportion of crimes committed by individuals with immigrant background is rising by a few per cent annually (See statistics from year 2003, 2004 and 2005.). The statistical facts seem to refute the commonly held view that the impression of high crime rate among immigrants is created by peaks caused by a few individual perpetrators. The trend is real and, as is to be expected, it is remarkably similar to the trends in other Nordic countries.
Since the crime rate among immigrants is increasing rather than decreasing, it makes me wonder, why the reports on assaults and rapes committed in Helsinki city center and Kaisaniemi Park have completely disappeared from the pages of the largest daily newspaper in Finland. Last fall when the crimes committed by the Somali gangs reached their peak, Helsingin Sanomat showed some signs of loosening the self-censorship and began more accurate reporting of the news. However, today it seems that the self-criticism has been followed by an even stronger backlash and that the newspaper has decided to adopt a Swedish-style editorial policy. The crimes committed by minorities are either censored or not published at all. As I stated in my column Keskustelua meillä ja naapurissa, the Finnish media have not yet been engaged in collective self-censorship, which is why the actual content of the story can be found if you take the trouble to do so.
On the 20th of August a shooting incident took place at a service station in Lahti. Below are the stories printed by Helsingin Sanomat and Iltalehti based on the original story published by The Finnish news agency STT.
Helsingin Sanomat 21st August, 2006-08-26
Shooting incident in Lahti
There was a shooting incident at a Lahti service station on Thursday afternoon.
According to the police, apparently no one was hurt at the incident.
The suspect, a 20 year-old man was caught, but the police were still looking for the victims of the shooting in Thursday evening.
The officer in charge of the investigation, Jorma Halme, said that it is not yet clear whether there were one or more shots. According to Halme, the incident took place to settle scores between individuals.
Iltalehti 21st August (source)
Shots were fired at a service station in Lahti
According to the police, apparently no one was hurt.
The suspect, a 20 year-old man, was caught, but the Police was still looking for the intended victims of the shooting in Thursday night.
The incident at the service station in Lahti took place at half past three in the afternoon.
“It is not yet clear, whether there were one or more shots fired,” Jorma Halme, the officer in charge of the investigation, stated.
According to Halme, the incident was about settling scores between two Romani tribes. None of the roughly ten people involved come from Lahti.
“I don’t know, if they met by accident or if it was a planned meeting,” Halme said.
(Fair enough, the incident does not involve immigrants, but it reveals the motives of censorship very clearly.)
Helsingin Sanomat chose not to publish the news item in their printed version at all, probably because there were more important shooting incidents to be reported (the linked article was about shooting a seal that was caught in River Tenojoki in Lapland).
In Turku (the fifth largest city in Finland) violent crime committed by immigrants, primarily of Somali origin, has increased this summer (link, link, link, link, link). The City of Turku Office of Immigrant affairs has tried to convince people that the various ethnic groups get on very well. The Police, however, admit that the situation has been gradually worsening for several months and that the violence has become increasingly brutal (victims lying on the ground have been kicked). The concerned citizens who have contacted the Police have been recommended “not to go out in the evening.”
For someone living in Helsinki this sounds oddly familiar. Helsingin Sanomat has reported nothing about the events in Turku. It is not that the news is not worth reporting, since in the past Helsingin Sanomat dedicated several articles to an individual attack on an immigrant-owned pizza parlor in the town of Kajaani.
In the beginning of August the Helsinki district court imprisoned a 22 year-old Kenyan serial rapist. Despite his young age the Kenyan has been previously convicted for several rapes, which makes one wonder about the effectiveness of the Finnish criminal justice system. The Police are looking for possible additional victims, which forced Helsingin Sanomat to publish the man’s personal description: “The man has short black curly hair.” Well… maybe you could have mentioned some more visible features.
In the 12th of August a 37 year-old man intentionally hit a 14 year-old girl with a car. The girl was riding a bike on a cycling route in Lahti. The victim suffered severe head injuries. Helsingin Sanomat published the following story:
Helsingin Sanomat 15th August, 2006-08-26 (STT)
Man suspected of intentionally hitting a girl cyclist with a car
The Police in Lahti are investigating a weird incident, in which a man is suspected of intentionally driving his car on a cyclist riding on a cycling route.
The girl, born in 1992, hit her head on the tarmac but she has since been released from the hospital.
The driver, born in 1969, was arrested on Monday on a suspicion of attempted manslaughter.
The police do not yet have a full picture of the incident. The driver escaped the scene of the crime.
He was arrested later, since the victim was able to identify the suspect.
Both Etelä-Suomen Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat are able to tell that the 37 year-old man is of Somali origin and that he has been harassing and threatening the girl’s family for two years with no apparent motive. The man has already received a restraining order (which he considered to be totally unnecessary).
In the 14th of August, a man tried to rape a 14 year-old girl in the Helsinki suburb of Tapulikaupunki. Below are the versions of the story published by Helsingin Sanomat and Iltalehti:
Helsingin Sanomat 15th August, 2006 (STT)
Attempted rape of a minor in Helsinki
An underage girl suffered a brutal rape attempt in Tapulikaupunki of Helsinki at two o’clock on Monday morning.
The incident was reported to the emergency center shortly before three in the morning. The police arrested a suspect in his apartment later in the night.
The police have not yet finished the investigation. According to the police the suspect was riding a bicycle. The police are looking for eyewitness reports concerning a bald man riding a bicycle at the time of the incident.
Iltasanomat 14th August, 2006 (source)
Attempted rape of a minor in Helsinki
An underage girl suffered a rape attempt in Tapulikaupunki of Helsinki last night. The police have caught the suspect who is a male foreign national living in Finland.
The police continue to investigate the incident.
The web edition of Helsingin Sanomat has received several complaints concerning censorship of articles. The site administration has adopted a policy of systematically removing the complaints, which should convince even the most gullible one that the conscious filtering of information is based on ideological grounds. The current editorial policy of Helsingin Sanomat is so obviously biased and in such a sharp contrast to other Finnish news media that I have begun to wonder why I should pay for that kind of a newspaper. Naturally, Helsingin Sanomat contains accurate information as well, like the TV Guide and the weather, but the same also applies to the former Communist newspaper Tiedonantaja. The point is that both Helsingin Sanomat and Tiedonantaja do not report the news based on its newsworthiness or significance, but instead the news is printed if it matches the ideology and worldview of the editorial staff.
Despite the fact that Iltasanomat and Iltalehti mainly concentrate on writing about celebrities like Matti Nykänen, for domestic events they have proven to be the most reliable news source available. For the time being Turun Sanomat has been able to report the events in Turku fairly accurately. However, there is a reason to fear that Turun Sanomat will change its editorial policy more to the line of Helsingin Sanomat if the gap between reality and the multiculturalist theory grows too wide in the streets of Turku.
In addition to media, the conduct of the authorities should also be examined. The immigrant gangs creating havoc in the streets of Turku have caused some of the citizens to react, and the discussion forum on the City of Turku website has been filled with heated debate. According to Turun Sanomat “the tone of the discussion has become such that some users demand restrictions to be placed on the postings. Some of the comments attack immigrants and blame them for the rise in street violence.” City of Turku Chief Media Liaison Seppo Kemppainen states that “if the situation remains as it is, closing the forum may become an option.”
Politically correct discussion turns out to be fascinating, as always. When users of the forum intended for citizen input blame immigrants for the violence they commit, site administrators start thinking of closing the forum. Violence is less of a problem than the fact that it is discussed. The situation in Turku will certainly improve if the accusations concerning immigrants are suppressed on the City of Turku website.
Earlier I have written about the air- and water-tight politically correct censorship in Sweden. The situation is not necessarily as hopeless as it seems. Even if the Swedish crime news articles do not include the perpetrator’s description, they do mention the place in which the crime was committed. Some examples follow:
A group of three “youths” assaulted a young man and stole his cell phone in Malmö last March. A month later another young man was brutally beaten with a dog leash. A friend of his was beaten down and kicked. The Police solved the cases and ten “youths” between 16 and 20 years of age were charged with 17 different indictments including among others battery in the first degree, two counts of vehicle and money theft, drug crimes and extortion.
The young men came from the suburb of Hermodsdal. 65 per cent of Hermodsdal residents are immigrants coming mainly from Iraq and Bosnia. (As we will later see, the total proportion of immigrant population is reduced by the fact that most of the residents over 65 years of age are native Swedes. For Hermodsdal this means that in younger age groups the immigrant percentage is probably higher than 65.)
During sentencing, the Swedish criminal justice system showed its worth. Seven of the youngsters were ordered to the “control of social services”. Two 18 year-old suspects were found not guilty. In addition, the oldest one in the group was sentenced to pay fines. During interrogation, the police found out that one of the youngsters involved in the robbery and assault had met with the social workers the same day. So it is safe to assume that the meeting was successful. Prosecutor Anna Edelbank was satisfied with the verdict: “The perpetrators were young. It is better for society that they receive support and treatment than to lock them up in jail.”
In the district of Fosie, which Hermodsdal is part of, a four-year-old boy used a stone to break a young girl’s bicycle. The boy’s parents were present. When the girl’s mother reacted to the incident, the boy replied: “If you tell the police, it will be your daughter’s head next time.”
In the Stockholm suburb of Tensta “youth gangs” have stolen money and fare cards from buses. Moreover in Tensta a 40 year-old man was stabbed in the back. Also in Tensta, three men held another man hostage for days tied to a bomb.
Of Tensta residents between 16 and 64 years of age 86.1 per cent are of immigrant background, mainly from Asia and Africa.
Naturally, the largest proportion of crimes are committed in the city center both in Malmö and Stockholm, which makes the interpretation more difficult. In any case, Swedish society has become fairly violent. Since, according to research, certain types of crime are mostly committed by immigrants (see the rape wave in Oslo and the shocking study made among immigrant youth in Malmö) and since, based on my personal experience, it is hard for me to believe that the Swedes are very much different from the Finns, I don’t think it’s likely that the reported gang rapes and cell phone thefts are committed by native Swedes, even though the censorship provides an opportunity for the idealists to entertain the idea.
Two 18-year-old “youths” steal a wallet and a cell phone from a passer-by using a knife and a gun as a threat in the center of Malmö.
Four “youths” rape a 15-year-old girl in Stockholm amusement park.
A gang of girls assaults two other girls by beating and kicking. The victims refused to part with their money.
Three “youths” steal a handbag from a woman in Malmö.
Cars have started have started burning in Malmö. Around the car there are about fifty “youths”. Does this sound familiar?
I would like to point out that these are recent events. This kind of thing is happening all the time in Sweden.
What is the theoretical background for covering up immigrant crime? What is the goal of the news blackout? A significant part of the Swedish public, at least of those living in cities, know as well as I do here in Finland that newspapers practice self-censorship, but probably an even larger part likes to believe the media and the Social Democratic party rather than their own eyes. The well-organized Swedish society is heading towards a collapse. The collapse is not caused by prejudices towards the immigrants, the thing that the self-censorship is intended to mitigate, but by the fact that the streets have become a tramping ground for “youth gangs” and that native Swedes have become prey in their own country. This trend does not disappear by not talking about it.
Germans who lived during the Second World War have been repeatedly asked how come they didn’t know what was happening to the Jews and other minorities. If the entire propaganda machine is set up to say that everything is fine, people tend to believe it. Generally people like to believe in good news if the alternative is to face a reality that is ugly, brutal and terrible. Posterity will place the same question to those who live in the final days of the Swedish welfare state in the first half of the 21st century. “How come you didn’t know, if it all happened before your very eyes?”
Perhaps the immigrant crime is not covered because there are more relevant problems to address in Sweden. Kolmården zoo in concert with Kenyan Airways arranged a Kenyan dancing ensemble to perform Kenyan folk dances to the public. The chairman of the Swedish anti-racist center (Centrum Mot Rasism, CMR) Ywonne Ruwaida said that the performance “reinforces the prejudices and the discriminating structures within society”. Performing among wild animals “paints a primitive picture of Africans”.
Daniel Ole Leuka, one of the Kenyan guests, is surprised by Ruwaida’s statement. “We are doing a good PR for our own country, we earn good money, and we do not feel that we are being compared to animals.”
It is hard to make it any funnier than it is. I feel pity towards Africans who live in and visit Sweden. They should apparently just stand up as totems in the Green Party office, do nothing and avoid all contact. There is always a risk of racist connotations. I wonder if this contains racist messages in Ruwaida’s opinion.
Several times I have mentioned Swedish suburbs in my columns, but I must admit that I know fairly little about their actual state of affairs. I did some research in the statistics pages of the City of Stockholm. The residents of the city are described with various parameters like gender, age, nationality, level of income and voting patterns. The “multicultural” content of a suburb is not necessarily linked to the number of foreign residents, since in some areas the foreigners are mostly citizens of other Nordic and EU countries. There are, however, clear correlations, which decreases the number of parameters needed. If the share of residents with immigrant background is higher than 30 per cent, the immigrants are mostly Asians and Africans. Asians include the residents of Middle Eastern origin, who constitute the largest group of immigrants in Sweden.
In Helsinki, which is the most multicultural place in Finland, there are no suburbs with more than 20 percent immigrants. Despite this, ghettoization has already begun here. In Stockholm there are 60 suburbs in which the share of immigrants is greater than 20 per cent. The top ten with immigrant percentages are the following:
Rinkeby 91.1% Tensta 86.1% Husby 80.8% Skärholmen 73.2% Akalla 62.6% Bredäng 61.3% Rågsved 59.7% Kista 55.7% Sätra 52.4% Vårberg 52.3%
The proportion of immigrants is actually higher, since the figures above describe the residents from 16 to 64 years of age. In the suburbs mainly populated by Asians and Africans a significant number of people above 65 years of age are native Swedes, while among children under 16 years the immigrant share is higher than average. For example, in Tensta immigrants constitute “only” 62.4 per cent of the population among people above 65 and 87.4 per cent among children under 16 years.
While these figures tell about the scale of the change taking place in Swedish cities, at the same time they remind us about the incredibly good situation in Finland. For some this means that there is no need to worry about anything. For others it signifies that a) we can still avoid the Swedish way, and b) if no steps are taken, the change will happen here as well and it will be a very rapid change indeed. Sweden’s liberal, non work-related immigration policy was started as late as in the 70s. Since 1985, 564 000 immigrants of non-Nordic background have arrived in Sweden. Three per cent of them have come for work and two per cent for studies. The most important reasons for arrival have been “family connection” (family reunification, retrieving spouse from the home country) 41 per cent, “humanitarian reasons” 21 per cent, and “need for protection” 15 per cent (Source: Åke Nilsson, Efterkrigstidens invandring och utvandring, 2004, page 29.) Sweden teaches us a lesson. Once you decide, on humanitarian principles, to accept everyone who is willing to come, there will be no shortage of volunteers.
It is probably no surprise to anyone that the share of immigrants in a suburb correlates negatively with the average income. In the year 2004, the average income in Stockholm was 274,100 Swedish crowns. For the most multicultural suburbs the figures were: Rinkeby 153,100, Tensta 163,600, Husby 177,300, Skärholmen 192,400, Akalla 213,700, Bredäng 197,500, Rågsved 187,700, Kista 239,400, Sätra 213,400, Vårberg 213,000. The high figure for Kista can be explained with the fact that not Africans but residents coming from EU countries constitute the second largest immigrant group right after Asians.
It is, of course, a matter of judgment whether the grimness of the suburbs is due to the high number of immigrants, or the immigrants’poor living conditions are due to the grimness of the suburbs, or that the social structures are discriminatory. I merely intend to describe the reality in Sweden, which is the model of multiculturalism and our shining example. There is no reason to believe that today’s Rinkeby is not tomorrow’s Kontula (a suburb of Helsinki), if the same mistakes with immigration are made here in Finland. This means that immigrants are not carefully selected and they are not forced to integrate. The choice of integration cannot be left to the individual immigrant, since the largest part of them feel no desire to become like us. The welfare state with its generous benefits only gives them a better economic possibility to continue doing what they did in their homeland.
While figuring out the numbers, I was asking yet again why this obviously damaging ghettoization is tolerated. There is no question about the poor state of immigrant suburbs, but so far the political elite has failed to do anything to present a comprehensive solution to the problem. Does the current situation benefit someone? Let us look at the voting patterns in the last local election in 2002. The statistics give the combined support of the ruling Left (including the Social Democrats, the Leftist Party and the Green Party), of the conservative opposition (including the Moderates and the Christian Democrats), and of the group “others”. (Those who are not familiar with Swedish politics should know that the Social Democrats rule as a minority government with the support of Leftist party and Green party, who are able to influence decisions on individual issues). The Leftist coalition received 48.7 per cent of the total vote in Stockholm, while the conservative opposition received 46.2 per cent of the vote. In the suburbs with the highest percentage of immigrants, the Left received the following percentage of votes:
Rinkeby 87.5% Tensta 81.1% Husby 74.2% Skärholmen 68.4% Akalla 67.1% Bredäng 68.6% Rågsved 71.5% Kista 57.8% Sätra 60.8% Vårberg 63.9%
[Note from Baron Bodissey: Using Excel, I have created the graph below, which compares the two groups of percentages.]
For Kista the figure is slightly lower because of the relatively high percentage of immigrants from other EU countries, but otherwise the multicultural suburbs are significantly more interested than average in the state of the working class, women’s rights and environmental issues.
Let us play for a while with an idea that the ruling leftist elite has lost its moral compass and patriotism and that it is only interested in remaining in power by any means necessary (This is purely hypothetical). In Sweden, like in other Nordic countries, the left and the right have historically received fairly equal share of the vote. Both sides have had a good chance either to win or lose the election. Suddenly, by accident and as a result of humane ideals, the country receives a lot of people, who due both to their indigenous features and to idealistic immigration policies do not become a productive part of the society but start breaking the law and living on taxpayer’s expense. The newcomers are completely dependent on government handouts, which are traditionally on the agenda of the political left. Logically, the newcomers tend to vote the political force that guarantees that the generous handouts are left untouched. The political force that supports generous spending on handouts realizes that the newcomers’ vote guarantees them the opportunity to remain in power permanently.
Of course, the Left is also supported by other groups in addition to immigrants. The working class vote for Social Democrats because of old habits and out of a sense of duty. In Sweden, there are not as many “floating voters” as in Finland. Feminists and other “socially conscious” people vote for the Leftist party. Trendy young people tend to favor the Greens, since they see it as a moral and ecological choice. These voter groups rarely have to face the ugly reality of ethnic enrichment, because they don’t usually live in Rinkeby or Tensta. This is why ghettoization does not significantly reduce the share of votes received by the left from their traditional supporter base. The Swedes pay the highest taxes in the world, largely to fund the excessive costs of multiculturalism, but they like to pay it, since they have learned that taxes are used for funding the welfare state, which is a source of immense pride for every Swede. The working Swedes have a relatively high standard of living, which means that they do not consume public services too much. This is why they fail to notice that their tax money is not being used for funding Swedish welfare but for something else.
From the Leftist point of view isolated ghettoes mainly populated by isolated immigrant groups are an ideal solution. Complete dependency on the political left makes the immigrant population loyal supporters of the left. Because the ghettoes are isolated, they only disturb the image of well-being in Sweden to an extent that can be covered up with effective media self-censorship and “education”. At the same time the dependence of the political Left on the ghettoes not only prevents it from taking any effective measures to stop the ghettoization (you cannot criticize your voters) but also makes stopping the ghettoization undesirable.
The ruling Left milks the working Swedes to maintain a predominantly idle immigrant population, who thankfully vote for the Left. Swedish society has to support two parasites, each living in a symbiotic relationship with the other. That is, in this particular game of thought.
But even if the Swedish left would be so cheap and cynical, this kind of thing cannot go on forever. Generous welfare benefits attract more and more people and when the share of the idle population grows enough, the tax burden for the remaining workforce causes work to become unprofitable. This eventually causes the system to collapse. Why should anyone support a policy that leads to a certain destruction?
Why does the United States government oppose restriction on carbon dioxide emissions, even if the administration of the world’s leading scientific and economic superpower certainly has all the knowledge about the effects of emissions to the climate and therefore to the future of United States? That is because a career politician never sets his sights 20, 50 or 100 years to the future but instead focuses on the next election. Prime Minister Göran Persson knows that Swedish society can be milked at least for the rest of his remaining natural life.
Why do the voters let all this happen? It is because Westerners like to be “good” people and believe that their fellow men are equally good people. It is because they have humane values. It is because, as I earlier stated, a human being would like nothing more than to believe in the good news, if he is given even the smallest opportunity to close his eyes to the bad. It is because half of the people are more stupid than average.
It is because the moral and ethical values of Western man have made him helpless in the face of wickedness and immorality.