Posts Tagged ‘finland’

Finland Quizz: test your knowledge about Finland!

9. September 2016

How good do your know about Finland?

Take this short quizz and find out.
Go to:  https://b.socrative.com/login/student/ then put in SEBI !

If you have any hints about it, just contact me.

 

 

 

Wie umgehen mit der AfD? Koalieren! (zum entzaubern)

15. März 2016

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(je dunkler das Blau, desto mehr Wähler in % für die AfD, aber aufgrund des Wahlrechts, gibt es Wahlkreise bei denen es mehr AfD Stimmen gibt, als solche in denen jetzt AfD’ler in den Landtag einziehen. Wenn man da mal nicht über eine Reform nachdenken sollte…)

Seit einigen Tagen fühlt man sich in Deutschland erschüttert. Dramttische Wahlergebnisse für die AfD, alles ganz historisch, Zäsuren, Umsturz im Parteiensystem,… Auch Auswandern scheint keine Option mehr, da nun ja bald in den USA Donald Trump regiert.

Ein kleiner Blick zurück

Aber aus der Distanz, erscheinen manche Dinge nicht ganz so schlimm oder Katastrophal, wie sie vielleicht sind. Ein kleiner Rückblick in die Geschichte der Bundesrepulik:

Europawahl 1989: Republikaner 7%
Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus 1989: 7,5%
Bremen 1991: DVU 6,2%.
B-W 1992: Rep 10,9%
Baden-Württemberg 1996: 9,1%
Hamburg, 1997: DVU 4,98%.
Hamburg 2001: Schill-Partei 19,4%.
Sachsen 2004: NPD 9,6%.
Brandenburg 2004: DVU 6,1%.
Meck-Pomm 2006: NPD 7,3%.
Bundestagswahl 2013: AfD: 4,7 %.
Sachsen 2014: NPD 4,95, AfD: 9,75%.

Und schaut man zurück in die Geschichte von Baden-Württemberg dann gab es da schon mal in den 1960er Jahren die NPD. Nahezu alle diese Parteien haben sich nachdem sie in die Landtage eingezogen sind irgendwann selbst zerlegt, meist schon im Laufe einer Legislaturperiode. So gesehen gebe ich, wenn man das mit den Flüchtlingen hinbekommt, den neuen AfD Fraktionen eine Halbwertszeit von 24 Monaten. Was häufig auch am Personal lag oder liegt.

Infografik: AfD mobilisiert Nicht-Wähler | Statista

Zumindest mit der Theorie der Repräsentationslücke, liesse sich das AfD Wahlergebniss gut erklären. Die AFD gewinnt von anderen Nichtwählern, daher von Leuten die bisher keine Partei gesehen, die sie wählen konnten.

ein kleiner Blick in das mögliche AfD Wahlprogramm

Seit einigen Tagen gibt es nun den ersten Entwurf zum AfD Wahlprogramm zum nachlesen bei Correctiv.org. Vor einiger Zeit erregte schon eine Online-Umfrage unter den AfD Mitgliedern zur ihrem neuen Wahlprogramm für Aufmerksamkeit. Unter bei den finden sich so nette Schmankerl wie: Rückkerhr zur DM, Kampf gegen Genderidologie, Abschaffung der gestzlichen Unfallversicherung, kein Tempolimit auf Autobahnen (auch nicht wegen Lämschutz), Menschengemachter Klimawandel ist eine Erfindung, Wehrpflicht für Männer – Dienstpflicht für Frauen, Aufrüstung, gelenkte Staatsmedien, Abschaffung der Sozialversicherung, Diskriminierung von Ausländern, Homosexuellen, Alleinerziehenden, Absenkung des Strafmündigkeitsalters auf 12 Jahre (von 14), Privatisierung (= Abschaffung für die die es brauchen) der Arbeitslosenversicherung…
Das Wahlprogramm changiert also irgendwo zwischen Ressentiments geladen und absurd. Es würde vorallem arme und bedürftigen Menschen schaden. Das kann und muß man in Zukunft wenn man mit dieser Partei umgeht sicher herausstellen. Und ja man darf sie in Talkshows einladen und man darf mit ihnen diskutieren, aber man muß sich vorbereiten und dann klar aufzeigen das manchen Alternativen unmenschlich, illegal oder schlichtweg dämlich sind – Die Alternative zum Atmen ist etwa der Tod.

ein kleiner Blick ins Ausland

Parlament_FinnlandEin kleiner Blick nach Finnland: Die Zentrumspartei stellt als größte Fraktion den Ministerpräsidenten, die „Wahren Finnen“ (sicherlich mindestens rechtspopulistisch) stellen den Außenminister und sind in einer Dreierkoalition zusammen mit der Sammlungspartei an der Macht. (schon erstaunlich das AfD und die „Wahren Finnen“ beide Cyanblau als Farbe verwenden…). Nun gibt es hier in Finnland zwar Einsparungen und dagegen Proteste aber der Faschismus ist noch nicht ausgebrochen. Aber die Finnischen Sozialdemokraten sind in der Opposition und haben da recht gute Umfragewerte: (more…)

Celebrating the Nation: Finisch Independance Day

6. Dezember 2015

After witnessing independence Day celebrations in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia and writing about them on this blog, I will continue this little series with writing about the celebration here in Finland. Nations are imagined communities, so tells us Benedict Anderson.

So I bought some supplies like Fazer Finland colored stuff and a cookie cutter from in the shape of Finland.

?? #independence day preparations are done #612 can come #turku #Finland #suomi

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Turku students celebrate it with a torch parade. Actually this year the torch parade lacked torches, because it was really rainy.

The parade with the flags of all the student organization went from the University Student building, to Abo Akademie, to the Graveyard where short speeches were given in Swedish and Finish. Thanking the people who fought for the freedom of Finland. Then wraths were laid. Some somber music was played. After that we took the bus back to the student building and then had some glögi.

And of course I’m a big fan of the Finland Emoji set:

There is also a military parade, held every year in another town, this year it was Jyväskylä and Finland is so politcal correct, that one of its soldiers featured in TV was an immigrant:

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Apparently in TV they re-screen every year a bloody war movie, called „The Unknown Soldier„.

Of course playing and listening to patriotic (or militarist) music, is a great part, as in this march from the 30-years war:

The snowy north is our fatherland,
there our hearth crackles on the stormy beach.
There our sinewy arm grew by the sword,
there our chest burned with faith and honour.

We watered our snorting horse in the Neva’s bath;
he swam across the Vistula as happy as to a feast,
he carried our avenging steel over the Rhine,
he drank the emperor’s toast from the Danube.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54YSkW4sJU4

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nice graphics on the Finnish parliamentry elections

11. November 2015

Because there was only a shitty graphic on the German Wikipedia Article on the Finnish parliament elections I decided to do my own. Please feel free to use them when you need it. You may find more information about the Finnish Party System here. The original data is from Statistics Finnland, whose people are helpful but don’t seem to know their own website very well.

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A story for Finnish Swedish Heritage Day: Östermark

6. November 2015

Today people in Finland celebrate Finnish Swedish Heritage Day. Time for me to publish the following fictonal story. No offence is intended.

Östermark

A normal student party at Uusi-S across the street from Turku University. Samuli and Pekka had been drinking a fair amount of booze. As it was normal in a Finnish student party. But what should you else do. Drinking and having a good time.

“Hey are you going to the independence day event tomorrow?”
“Ah why not, if I’m awake.”
“You are such a lazy patriot.”
Laughter.
Pekka turned around and fell.
It must have been some time when he woke up.

A well hung guy in a nurse uniform spoke to him in Swedish.
“How are you?”
“I’m not sure, my head hurts. Where am I”
“In the the Karl-Gustav Hospital.”
“What is the Karl-Gustav Hospital?”
“The central hospital here in Abo, capital of the eastern province of the Kingdom of Sweden, Earth.” The male nurse said with a friendly smile.
Only then Pekka realized, that the nursa had answerd in Swedish.

He tried to sit up.
“Hey, be careful, we are not sure how long you lay there.”
“Where did I lay?”
„On the opposite side of Abo Academy Student house. You were found there this morning by an ethnography student, doing work on Swedish Student culture.” Pekka was baffled for a moment. He was sure he couldn’t be in Sweden. Was his hung over so bad, he had taken the ferry to Stockholm?
„You are always mentioning Sweden and speaking Swedish to me, but the last thing I remember was being in Turku in Finland?”
The nurse laughed. “Good joke, you students always like to prank, but lets get some rest, a concussion is nothing to take like heartedly.”

Pekka decided to follow the advice and lay back. Maybe this was prank, by one of his friends, who studied nursing. Whatever he was glad his head had stopped hurting. And he tried to sleep a little bit.
Some time later, he woke up when a doctor came to his room and examined him. He asked him why he spoke Swedish with such a bad Karelien accent. Was he part of the Finnish speaking minority from Karelia?
No Pekka replied, he came from Turku and had lived all his live here, but his parents spoke Finnish with him at home.

“Yeah some people are really set in their ways, but boy you can go home. Get your stuff. The nurse will take care if you need any help.”
“But Doctor, its normal that people in Finland speak Finnish.”
The Doctor had been about to leave an turned around.
“Finland? But that is only a term used by his hard core separatist from the East. No one say Finland, we are here in the eastern province of the Union of Scandinavia.”
“No we are in Finland….”, for a moment silence ensured. “At least we were before I fell down the stairs at the student party house.”
“Boy I think its best you talk to our hospital psychiatrist before you leave.”

The doctor wondered, OK, there was no information about the guy in the hospital system and the student card he had carried with him looked a little bit strange, but thee had not been any sign for serious head injury seen on the CT scan.”

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Why you should vote for youth councillors

23. Oktober 2012

I’m not a Finn. But I travelled that miraculous northern country for more than 10 times now. I’ve been to the Cities of Helsinki, Pori, Kuopio, Tampere, Turku, Rahe, Lahti, Jyväskylä and certainly a couple others I do not remember right now.

But in all my travels I have always met, politically active, motivated, bright and hard-working youth. They were all members of youth a youth councils or former members. Some even got involved in the umbrella organization of youth councils in Finnland, nuva ry.

Sini Korpinen

Sini Korpinen, has a very innovative political campaign

Now some of them like Santeri Lohi, Sini Korpinen, Jenni Similä, Sampsa Aslak Pietilä, Lauri Tarkiainen, Johanna Tahlo, Henri Haaksiala are running for city council.

As a foreigner I will not tell anyone how and what to vote, but I ask you to consider that people being involved in youth council work, have a lot of competencies that will help them with their further political work. Such as the ability to speak, insight into political matters, know-how on how to work with a public administration, endurance and many others.

Most likely they will have more knowledge and political skills then many adults. Also the inexperience argument can not be held against them.

10 reasons why Finland shouldn’t elect a gay president

28. Januar 2012
  1. Woman won’t be able to advance their career by sleeping with the president but instead have to rely on their brains and skills!
  2. He will always be better dressed then the other guys in the room. Especially true for Finland where male fashion is set by the lumberjacks..
  3. People might be distracted from his policies by fantasies of hot shower scenes in which they are not allowed to participate.
  4. He might fall in love with the gay foreign minister of Germany and start kissing him all over at an official government meeting (The long term relationship argument doesn’t count, as Bill had clearly one with Hillary)
  5. Only for France: how would he get the two illicit children that qualify him for office?
  6. He will have to think of a whole new disguise for his lovers, as  the secretary thing won’t work any-more. Unfortunately the Finnish society has not yet progressed so far, as that man can work as secretaries without arising suspicion.
  7. He won’t bomb Iran.
  8. It will create so much more opportunities for SETA jokes
  9. Chuck Norris does not approve this*
  10. 10. He might be attacked by gay ice bears in the forest.
  11. 11. Bing translates Pekka as Bob.

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From Tampere for Europe

4. September 2011

The international youth council seminar in Tampere is over for more then an week now and for me it is time to write down a little bit what I experienced. There are some things I mentioned on previous blog posts as well, but this should be the last one.

From here a big thanks to the organisers at nuva ry. It is always difficult to organise such an europe spanning event, involving participants from Germany, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Finnland, Lithuania and bring them all togehter to do something. a total of about 40 young people. The participants were between 15-30 years old and work in the local youth local councils or similar democratically elected bodies. Already youth councils have a very strong foothold in several countries or regions in Europe exist umbrella organisations and other bodies.

Of course we didn’t only work, we had a lot of fun as well, the following video, which the finns all love is a testament to that:

Funding

We had a very interesting presentation by a lady from CIMO, which is the Finish organisation with distributes the funding for European Youth in Action Programmes. (more…)