In Finland, the swastika continues to be an official emblem of the Air Force command. It is also used in some other parts of the Finnish armed forces.
As I have been studying conversations around this issue, let me offer a brief synthesis of some of the dialogues that take place during my World Political City Walks. I will explore this issue more in my forthcoming book on Finnish nationalism.
-Foreigner: What the fuck?
-Finn: You should understand it is our traditional symbol and has nothing to do with the Nazis.
-Foreigner: Well, there truly is something very special about you Finns, if you believe the world agrees that your swastika has nothing to do with the nazis.
-Finn: OUR swastika truly has NOTHING to do with the nazis. We used it before there was any nazi party. Continue reading