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.
-Foreigner: Weren’t you allied with the nazis anyway?
-Finn: It has nothing to do with this.
-Foreigner: Some weird stuff. Do Finnish people ever travel or learn about the world?
-Finn: Your should know that our Air Force got the swastika symbol from a Swedish count in 1918. No nazi party existed at the time. See?
-Me: It could be helpful to remember that the count later become a founder of the Swedish National Socialist Party and his sister-in-law got married to Hermann Göring.
-Finn: It has nothing to do with this. Besides, OUR swastika looks CLEARLY different from the nazi one. EVERYONE can see it has very little resemblance with the nazi symbol.
–Me: Have a look, both of you, at the CURRENT emblem of the Finnish Air Force command (see below)
-Foreigner & Finn: What the fuck?