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It's a pity we're not having any elections right now, because polls are pretty interesting: Green Party is currently second most popular.
I don't think they've ever even third before.
However, this is not that dramatic (or positive) in total; they are getting the support from other leftist parties.


In other news, a new bishop of Helsinki was elected. The interesting thing is that he has been a media personality, appearing in comedic panel shows and political satire.

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To add to the above, the archbishop is about to resign next year and the top candidate for replacement is... a member of parliament? (He is a former bishop.) I don't think that's a combination you see in many countries.


I just saw some documentary about 1917 events in Finland and I have to say my history education has failed a bit there. The way I remember it, I was taught that declaration of independence December 1917 was reaction to the Russian revolutions and the 1918 Civil War came from disputes about form of government.

However... due Russian participation to WWI, there was lack of food 1917. Russian revolution pulled them/us out of the war, but resulting chaos may have made things even worse. This caused riots in Finland, resulting to political extremism left and right, which would lead to the Civil War.

There were also plans among Finnish senators for independence months before October revolution (though after the initial February revolution), but that rebellion against Russia was cancelled when it became clear Germany would not be sending troops to support the attempt.

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Along years I have had the luxury of smugly looking down on people in countries like Austria, Netherlands and France - not to mention Turkey, Philippines and USA... - and thinking "it must be humiliating to have your country associated to these ranting idiots".
Well, if I've been having an arrogant sense of superiority (and I quite often in various matters do), all I can now say is... karma is a !@#$. And her name is Laura Huhtasaari.

When the so far moderate (True) Finns Party broke up, the sane people left to form a new party - it's still unclear how that'll work out - and what remains is worst far-right political group Finland has seen since WWII.
The second-in-command Huhtasaari is about to become the party's presidential candidate and while she certainly has no chance to be even second, much less win, she's in position to embarrass Finland worse than anyone since the doping scandal of Nordic World Ski Championships 2001 in our home games.

But for me this is even more personal. You see, incomprehensibly for me, this islamophobic creationist graduated from the same school as I did (apparently having entered right after I finished). I... had I not just written all this, I'd say I'm speechless.

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FGS... we are about to have our own argument about a civil war monument!
OK, in our case 99% of people don't give a crap (or know anything about this particular statue), but nevertheless it's a sad parallel to US.

Here's the story: in Tampere (2nd or 3rd largest city of Finland depending what you include) there is a "Statue of Freedom", a monument erected by the winning side soon after the war, almost hundred years ago.
Due building of expansion to tram (or light rail or whatever is correct term) system, the statue is to be moved some 20 meters. However this has started discussion if it should be removed or at least turned to face different direction. You see, one complaint about it is that the figure points sword towards workers association's building - which may have been an intentionally hostile and mocking gesture at the leftists who lost the war.
There was long political and legal battle about installing the statue back when it was created and a new one is about to start - at least in Tampere city council and few papers desperate for headlines.

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Our first lady is about to have a baby just in time for president's likely re-election.
Someone cynical might suspect this was on purpose - if there was any doubt on the election result.

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Finland already had a "cyber ambassador".

Now we'll also get a... "hybrid ambassador"!

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(Yes, that's an actual office/title.)

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At turn of year, (slightly) stronger beverages become available at markets.

There have been 4 (tax) classes for beer by alcohol percentage, except II was removed long ago but then again IV has been divide to A and B subclasses.
Until now only I (near water) and III (the common one) beers have been available in stores; now you'll also get IV A (I'm not sure of B, it's rare type) and equivalent drinks without going to liqueur store.

Simultaneously alcohol taxes are raised a bit.

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We can buy whatever, all year round. Tax on alcohol usually goes up in April every year, after the budget in March. They call it sin tax, ha!ha!

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Finland is pretty nice place, but what's here to improve?

According latest Amnesty report:
- asylum policies; recently a man denied asylum and returned to Iraq was killed there
- violence on women (compared to equivalent countries like other Nordics); likely related to alcoholism
- laws on transsexuals need some modernizing
- new intelligence law (created due worries about Russian activities) needs to be observed for privacy; I'm somewhat concerned myself about how they pushed it fast through parliament with supermajority, I don't see such hurry that this couldn't have gone through normal process

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Comment of the week (more likely of the year) by Finnish politician (after she went against her party, endangering political future):
"I will get back up as certainly as a cockroach from toilet."
You rarely hear MPs describe themselves like that.

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