Censorship of the history of Finland

The next historical details are censored in the media and schools of Finland

In Lohja and Espoo near Helsinki, the Swedes fenced off the school building with barbed wire, in order to ban children the access to a school established with the private funds of the Finns. (see the pictures on the left)

 

 

Luukas school building fenced off with barbed wire in Espoo, Finland in 1908.

 

 

"The Great Famine of Finland, also referred to as The Years of Many Deaths by some Finnish historians, killed about a third of the Finnish population in two years.[1] It was Finland's worst demographic catastrophe."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_of_Finland_%281695%E2%80%9397%29

The Finnish Wikipedia tells more on this famine of Finland in 1695-97. According to the Finnish Wikipedia the Swedish government did not supply enough food to the Finns. Poor starving Finns could not buy any food, because the government did not give it for free. Too many people in Finland starved to death because of the government. This famine was in part intentional and thus must be considered as a kind of genocide.

How many times have the Finnish TV Stations, newspapers, history magazines and the rest of the media have dealt with this famine over the years? Hardly ever. They are consistenly silent on this. They de facto deny this famine or its interpretation as a genocide.

Racial Hygiene in Sweden


The Time magazine published on September 22, 1997 James Walsh's article Unnatural Selection.

Yet the eugenics program that authorized sterilizations of 'social undesirables', begun in 1935, continued long after the war, persisting until an agency that called itself chillingly the National Institute for Racial Hygiene died a quiet death in 1976. In postwar decades when Social Democratic Sweden considered itself a citadel of enlightenment and tolerance, the country was silently pursuing principles of racial purity long since discredited in most of the world. During those 41 years, some 60,000 Swedes were sterilized as misfits who did not meet the ideal of the blond, blue-eyed, intelligent Scandinavian.

 

Historian Lauri A Puntila wrote a book of the Svecoman movement in 1944, in Finnish Suomen ruotsalaisuuden liikkeen synty - aatehistoriallinen tutkimus. The book brought to light the hidden history. Puntila's book is my source in the next lines.

Scandinavian Racism in the 19th century. Axel Olof Freudenthal (1836-1911) and his contacts Axel Lille (1848-1921), Peter Munch (Norwegian, 1810-1863) and August Sohlman (1824-1874) presented insulting claims about other nationalities: Finns, all the Finno-Ugric peoples, Hungarians and non-European peoples. They developed an ideology which praised their own peoples and adored Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Their irrational and extremist claims often dealt with culture and national characters. Their claims about a certain people are often only positive or only negative.

Emil Böök resisted Freudenthal's ideology and he believed that all the peoples are equal. He and many others were fighting for the Finns, who had sublime aims to improve their position. According to Böök Freudenthal's and his supporters' attitude toward the Finns was firstly a sheer negativity and secondly an impudent scoff.


Bloody Year of 1918 in Finland

 

In 1918 Swedish officers and soldiers were involved in the Civil War of Finland. During the fights and after them some 20 000 Finns were starved to death or executed. Among the victims were men, women, workers, soldiers and civilians.

 

Tauno Tukkinen in his studies reveals an ethnic cleansing in Western Uusimaa (some 50 km west of Helsinki, in May 1918) and Forssa region in Southwestern Finland. Some 200 Finnish civilians, men and women, were executed by the Swedish battalion in Western Uusimaa. The commander of this battalion was Edward Ward.

The division of the Swedish volunteers executed 260 Finnish civilians in Forssa region in April 1918. The commander of this division was Swedish nobleman Carl August Ehrensvärd. In this case 13 of the executed were women and the youngest was only 16-year-old.

The Swedes executed at least 460 Finns in the Finnish Civil War of 1918.


Finnish sources, 2 books:
Tauno Tukkinen, 1999: Teloittajien edessä. Ihmiskohtaloita Karjalohjalla, Sammatissa, Nummella, Pusulassa, Nurmijärvellä, Vihdissä ja Inkoossa 1918. Ill. 160 pages.
Tauno Tukkinen, 2001: Mäkeen mäkeen vaan. Punaisten henkilötappiot Forssassa, Jokioisissa ja Tammelassa 1918. TT Karjalohja.

 

 

Sweden to annex Northern Finland

 

In October 1915 a Finnish delegation went to Stockholm, in order to inquire Sweden's attitude on Finnish independence movement. The members of the Finnish delegation were Otto Stenroth, Samuli Sario, A. H. Saastamoinen and Axel Lille. In the negotiation Swedish count Douglas said the Finnish delegation that Sweden wants to annex Lapland from Finland, Kemi river would be the border between Sweden and Finland. The Finns, however did not want to cede Northern Finland to Sweden.

(Finnish sources: Suomen Kuvalehti magazine 4 / 1935, pages 130-131 and 138, Aaro Pakaslahti's book Suomen politiikka maailmansodassa)

Two years later in January 1918 Sweden planned to occupy Northern Finland or the whole Finland. The Swedish troops actually occupied Ahvenanmaa archipelago in 1918 until German troops arrived there.

More information in Finnish: lyyxem.freehostia.com/teljo.htm

 

 

Victims of Sweden in the 17th century

 

During the Thirty Years' War in Germany some 50,000 - 60,000 Finnish soldiers were perished in 1630-1648.
The war took a heavy toll on horses with crippling consequences upon Finland's agriculture. This was the onset of a fatal depletion of strength, completed by the dreadful famine in 1697 and then the Great Hate 1714-1721, wreaking havoc on a country with scarcely half a million inhabitants. It is a miracle, that the whole Finnish tribe didn't get extinguished in the claws of Sweden's imperialist kings and the famine. Tens of thousands of the Finns were killed or taken to Russia during the Great Hate.

In the 16th century Sweden occupied Danish Skâne, the southernmost part of the Scandinavian peninsula. The Danish inhabitants of Scania had to deal with an intolerant Swedish regime. It denied their national rights and killed some of them. All the minority peoples (Finns, Saamis and Danes) were punished for speaking their mother tongue by the Swedish government in 1600-1950s. Actually the Danes formed the majority of the population in the region.


King Charles' XI (1655 - 1697) reign in Skâne was of appalling brutality; a word spoken in Danish would cost the speaker's head. One example on the treatment of Finns in those days, was the forcible recruiting of shipbuilders for the region of Karlskrona and Kalmar, 1681-1682. At least two thousand Finns from Turku, Pori and Rauma areas were shipped off to a location in Sweden, kept secret for fear of protestation from the common people. In most cases, the families were split up, because they couldn't afford the transportation of family members.

Minority policy in Midwestern Sweden in the 17th century
During the 16th and 17th century Finns were lured to move from Savonia to Midwestern Sweden. They became to known as Forest Finns. Väinö Salminen describes their life of the 17th century, when the Swedes tried an ethnic cleansing authorized by the Swedish king. This ethnic cleansing was not successful thanks to Finns' strong resistance; however many Finns were killed. In this difficult situation some Finns fled to Norway or Delaware in America.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Finns

 


Finnish Petri Laurinpoika and his daughter-in-law sued on January 29, 1649 seven Swedes of killing one Finn and maiming another. Three Finns had been hunting elks, and in the night they were attacked by seven Swedes. In the court the Swedes claimed that they had the right to kill Finns. The court decision was that the Swedes were fined for killing, but the Finns got a bigger fine for poaching.

 

In 1639 Queen Christina gave an order to imprison all Finns if they did not have a permit to live. In 1646 every Finn who did not want to study Swedish was declared outlaw and his house should be burned by civil servants. The exact number of victims is not known.

 

Swedish authorities forbade Finns to read Finnish books. If they did so, they were imprisoned as late as 18th century. Their crime was to read books in a certain language.

 

During Queen Christina's reign Finns demonstrated to oppose the ban of burn-clearing in the province of Tividen. Their leaders were imprisoned. Five demonstrators were executed, two of them were transferred to Stockholm, and their all limbs were cut before cutting the head in public. A brutal capital punishment.

 

The historical persecution of the Finns in Sweden is not told by the media or schools of Finland.

(Finnish source: Väinö Salminen, Skandinavian suomalaiset, 1906, in the book: Namsarai, Finnish Literature Society, 1999)


Moreover, when one third of the Finns perished during the Great Famine 1697 as a consequence of several, consecutive years of failed crops, the Swedes never lifted a finger in order to save the people of Finland from starvation.

The weakening of Finland in the 17th century, however, proved fatal for the Swedish Empire, because during the reign of Charles XII (1697-1718), unlike in the Thirty Year War, the supply of Finns to be levied and sent to Swedish battlefronts was running low.

Without Finland's strong support, the Swedish Empire collapsed. Inherent to this age was also a relentless economical exploitation. Finland was taxed harder than other parts of country. During the period 1648-1715, the Stockholm Tar Company, directly to which Finns were under obligation to sell their most important export goods, the tar - was a severe liability for Finland's economy. Swedes then exported the tar with a substantial profit.

CHEERS = Skull by the Vikings

 

The Swedish drinking toast (skål) has a rather macabre background; it originally meant 'skull'. The word has come down from a custom practiced by the warlike and terrorist Vikings who used the dried-out skulls of their enemies as drinking mugs, with the evident advantage that the mug held a large quantity of mead and could be easily replaced.

The Swedish Vikings were the terrorists of their time, who killed thousands of innocent people. The Vikings carried terror around the coastal kingdoms of Europe and Southern Finland.
The Vikings attacked and pillaged the holy monasteries, the sacred places of the Christian world. A French monk wrote about Viking raids in France:

The endless flood of Vikings is on the increase. Everywhere, Christ's people are the victims of massacre, burning and theft. The Vikings destroy everything. Towns are emptied and evil triumphs! Monks, townspeople and everyone else have been slaughtered or taken prisoner. Monasteries along the river Seine have been destroyed.

Censorship in the media

 

The Swedish governments interfered in Finland's internal affairs in the 1930s, as many prominent writers (Urho Kekkonen, the president 1956-81, professor Jussi Teljo and historian Arvi Korhonen among others) pointed out in the magazine of the Finnish Alliance in the 1930s. And perhaps all the years since the 1930s, but the media has censored this and all related things.

 

TV and newspapers broadcast disinformation about history and all political issues. I hope that this website will open reader's eyes about history of Finland and Sweden. Censorship in the mainstream media makes Sweden, Finland and Norway mostly undemocratic countries, ruled by the political and economic elite.

 

In Finland, Norway and Sweden nobody can have a public post without being a member of a certain political party. In Finland all high-ranking officials, who earn 5000 euros a month or more, are members of political parties (source: Finnish radio in 2011, a local politician from Espoo told this).

Usually media does not tell this fact, due to censorship. And high-ranking officials themselves hardly ever tell citizens that they are party members.


In dictatorship countries all officials are members of the ruling political party.

 

In the Scandinavian countries the political and economic elite controls the media. No one can criticize the elite in the mainstream media.

If a municipal employee or official says critical opinion about leading politicians, the elite will punish him or her. Any one who criticizes leading politicians, will lose his or her job. Freedom of speech is very limited in the Scandinavian countries.
 

A cartoon from 1905 in Tuulispää magazine. The headline in English "the Last of the Mohicans or Huusis alone" and "general suffrage" in the placard.

Finland was the first European country to allow all citizens aged 24 or older, men and women, to vote and run for parliament. But this full suffrage for all adults did not come easy. In 1905 thousands of Finns demonstrated for suffrage, in many demonstrations.

The Swedish newspaper, which was called Huusis by the Finns, was against the general suffrage in 1905, because it stopped the power of the estates. In 1905 the priests and peasants were willing to accept democracy and general suffrage, but the nobility and burghers were not. People strongly protested against the nobility and burghers, they wanted to have the right to vote. There were many demonstrations in the streets of Helsinki.

Finally in July 1906 the nobility and burghers had to give up and end the privileges of the estates. And the class society had come to an end.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estates_of_the_realm

The founding of the Finnish Alliance was a part of the Finnish national awakening in the beginning of the 20th century. In 1906 many Finns changed their surname. By the end of 1907 some 100,000 Finns had changed their foreign surname to Finnish.