By Saladin Roudani
By Saladin Roudani
Morocco World News
Jyväskylä, Finland, October 16, 2012
One of the greatest things we think of when we hear of Finland is that they are among one of the “happiest” and most satisfied nations in the world. For countless reasons and plethora grounds, the education system is almost flawless and the living environment is beau ideal. A nation with a proud culture, lofty concepts of humanitarianism and eudemonia are demonstrated in most aspects of the Finnish multifaceted culture. A woolgathering every striver would dream about.
Undoubtedly, this feeling is palpable all over Finland. One needs only to have a coup d’oeil at the Finnish architecture to realize the grandness and the splendidness of the building system Finland has, thanks to its most famous architects Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen. These two architects were later on of the greatest inspiration and impact in shaping the Finnish design system. Indeed, the facets of success and development transcends architecture, the most crucial thing that can be noticed in most developed nations, is that if one domain is flourishing, other domains will be, too. A flourished economy affects education, public health, as well as business and trade, etc. Unlike developing countries, if one field is in a relapse, other fields do as well. The upshots of a drained education system might induce that the whole nation’s system is in total depression and vice versa.
Regrettably, not all that glitters is gold and not all who wander are lost! The Finnish commonwealth might be perfect and flawless, but it is still questionable. This is especially true for the lower social class, for the “have-nots.” Beneath any new plus ultra lies flashes of imperfection and within any success exists a sort of failure. As every perfect system is mainly designed for its owners and their likewise adherents, leaving a very minuscule opportunities for the masses, the latter who is obliged to make a Sisyphean journey towards the unknown.
In Finland, as in any other western European country, there has been a lot of hassle and bustle going on amongst the Finns. They claim that foreigners take away their jobs, as well as, their women. During an open discussion in a gathering with students from different parts of the world including Finnish students, one of the Finn students stated: “I do not know why our media is putting such gibberish into the mind of the Finnish society, stating that foreigners are stealing our jobs and our women.” Many EU natives have this fear of foreigners and they see them as labor market rivals. Finland is not an exception. The truth is, whenever I come across a restaurant, a cleaning company, a garden, etc., I see, mostly, either dark haired, slanted eyes or black people doing the “dirty” striving work. What a real competition over the labor market!
For foreigners, it takes an arm and leg to get such a humble job, let alone a position in a company or the public sector. Most foreigners are doing the dirty work the Finns do not want to do. This is why officials see immigrants at best as obligatory to do the jobs Finns have no desire to do.
Another Finnish female student continued saying: “It’s not our fault that we find foreign man, especially those belong to eastern cultures, more warmhearted and affectionate than Finnish cave men.” This might implicate a kind of superficial statement, as it’s generalizing. But it also bears a harsh and sad fact about the way Finnish men interact within their society and culture, an issue I’ll be referring to in the upcoming articles.
Undeniably, every culture has its own moods of interaction, its own negativities and positivity. The latter is what all immigrants–mainly the newcomers–encounter when they first step into their land of hazy aspirations. In doing so, they walk away from their domestic favoritism, poverty, adversity and segregation to arrive into an inhospitably worldwide bleak one. Welcome to Suomi! Indeed!