Far-right populists, traditionally laser-focused on immigration, are now expanding their toolboxes to include climate science denialism, writes Hufvudstadsbladet, citing a fresh report by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) about the politicisation of climate change.
Jussi Halla-aho and the Finns Party’s statements suggesting that Finland had 'done its part' and that other countries were 'freeriding' on global climate policy issues indicate a move towards climate nationalism, writes HBL.
"The Finns Party likes to say, 'every industrial chimney in Finland is an environmental act,' -- something that’s also written into their programme," explained FIIA researcher Antto Vihma.
Police training -- Finland's newest export?
The news network pointed out that Finnish recruits attend a police college, graduating with the equivalent of a bachelor's degree after three years while their American counterparts may carry a gun after as little as ten weeks of training in some states. Calls to overhaul police training in the US have grown in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in police custody.
However a recent report by Finland's Non-Discrimination Ombudsman found Finnish police engage in ethnic discrimination and profiling. Last year the head Finland's Police College called for more foreign-background police to help connect with an increasingly diverse population.
Cottage sales slow
Figures from the National Land Survey of Finland indicate that enthusiasm for vacation homes fizzled out in May, as 311 cabins changed owners last month, ten fewer than in May 2019.
A growing interest in cabin ownership turned around in the month of May, according to TE, which said the previous upward trend began long before residents realised they would be holidaying domestically this summer.