Finland: Exhibiting strain of northern independence

Finland: Exhibiting strain of northern independence

Finland has struck a blow for genuine exceptionalism in Europe. Anti-NATO parties dominated polls while Euroskeptic cred was championed not only by the longstanding anti-EU party, but also, uniquely within the eurozone, by the Social Democratic party.

Depending on your perspective, Finland may conjure recollections anywhere from Sibelius’ exquisitely lyrical Karelia Suite to the speedy monosyllables of Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen…via multiple thoughts in between. Nevertheless, it doesn’t link easily in the mind to the Mediterranean.

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