Anti-Finnish sentiment

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Anti-Finnish sentiment (sometimes known as Fennophobia) is the hostility, prejudice, discrimination or racism directed against Finns, Finland, or Finnish culture.


During the 1960s and 1970s there was a significant influx of Finnish economic migrants into Sweden. Between 1950 and 1980 the number of Finns in Sweden increased from 45,000 to over 300,000.[1] Attitudes towards Finnish immigrants were quite negative in Sweden. Derogatory expressions "en finne igen" ("yet another Finn") and "finnjävel" (equivalent to "Finnish bastard" or "Finnish devil") were commonly used.[2][3] An anthology Finnjävlar was published, in which 15 Finns in Sweden describe their lives and lives of their parents in Sweden.[4]


Finnjävel (singular) and Finnjävlar (plural) are derogatory terms used in Sweden for Finnish immigrants, mostly during the 1950s and 1960s. In this context, jävel or djävel, literally meaning "devil", is a generic strong insult.[5]

There is a book called Finnjävlar that discusses Finnish minority identity in Sweden.[6] There was also a restaurant in Helsinki with the name.[7]

United States[edit]

The prominent role of Finnish immigrants in the 1907 and 1916 Mesabi Range strikes in Minnesota led to blacklisting of Finns. It was the time of anti-Finnish sentiment in the area, and one could see signs "No Indians or Finns allowed."[8]

China Swede[edit]

China Swede was a derogatory term used for Finnish immigrants in the United States during the early 1900s,[9][10] particularly in northern Minnesota and Upper Michigan.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lehtinen, Lasse (8 May 2017). "Lasse Lehtisen kolumni: Suomensukuisten pakolaisten pahat teot". Ilta-Sanomat.
  2. ^ "En Finne Igen" suomi24, December 28, 2007
  3. ^ "Too many Finnish politicians and parties are ignorant of their country's migrant and refugee history". September 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Radio, Sveriges. "Finnjävlar-antologia kirjoittaa uusiksi Ruotsin suomalaisten historiaa - Sisuradio".
  5. ^ "Artisans created all the dishes and other objects for Finnjävel restaurant". Helsinki Design Week. 7 April 2016.
  6. ^ Radio, Sveriges. "Finnjävlar-antologia kirjoittaa uusiksi Ruotsin suomalaisten historiaa - Sisuradio".
  7. ^ "Finnjävel sulkee lauantaina - Henri Alén ja Tommi Tuominen perustavat hävikkiravintolan Sitran tuella". Viisi Tähteä. 4 April 2018.
  8. ^ Scorich, Jason (January 13, 2016). "Mesaba Co-op Park". MNopedia. Minnesota Historical Society.
  9. ^ "MPR: Finland Was a Poor Country". 1997-06-10. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  10. ^ Nybergh, Thomas (2015-09-27). "How Finnish immigrants battled racism to help build America". Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  11. ^ Tristram McPherson; David Plunkett (24 August 2017). The Routledge Handbook of Metaethics. Taylor & Francis. pp. 349–. ISBN 978-1-351-81791-2.

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