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APN podcast: Who's Finnish enough for Finland?

This week's podcast explores the phenomenon of "third culture kids" in a Finnish context.

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Why do some people who have been born and raised in Finland say they have been othered by society?

"I think it's by the appearance. Many of us who, by appearance, don't look Finnish because Finnishness is a very narrow concept generally, so if you don't look Finnish—by that I mean the skin colour, your hair colour, maybe your eye colour is different from the stereotypical Finn, then you get asked or kind of othered as a non-Finn," Mona Eid, one of the authors of Third Culture Kids, told the All Points North podcast.

You can listen to the full podcast using the embedded player here, via Yle Areena, Spotify (siirryt toiseen palveluun), Apple Podcasts (siirryt toiseen palveluun) or wherever you get your podcasts.

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The All Points North podcast looks at 'third culture kids'.

Eid, a teacher by training, also said that schools sometimes funnel Finnish-speaking kids into Finnish-as-a second language classes.

"It's by outward appearance sometimes and by name, unfortunately," she explained of a tiered language learning system that can have far-reaching consequences. Yle has reported of universities discriminating against S2 students.

The podcast also looks at the outcome one of the longest strikes in Finnish history, ask if a sober Vappu is desirable, and look at the latest developments in Finland's security policy debate in the backdrop of the Ukraine war.

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This week's show was presented by Zena Iovino and Egan Richardson, with additional reporting by Veronica Kontopoulou.The sound engineer was Laura Koso.

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