Finns lash out at Gerry Brownlee
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 6:57a.m.
By Dan Satherley / RadioLIVE
Anger is mounting over Gerry Brownlee's comments about Finland and its people.
Last week said the country has worse unemployment than New Zealand, has a high homicide rate, low education and no respect for women.
Mr Brownlee made the comments after Labour leader David Shearer called on New Zealand to follow in the Scandinavians' footsteps, through "innovation and talent".
But Mr Brownlee replied, saying: "I think we need to understand a few things about Finland. It's unbelievable isn't it, that you'd ... make a speech saying, 'I want New Zealand to be like Finland,' which has worse unemployment than us, can hardly feed the people who live there, has a terrible homicide rate, hardly educates their people and has no respect for women."
A Finnish talk show host has come out swinging against not only Mr Brownlee, but New Zealand as a whole.
Tuomas Enbuske broke into English on his show last night, addressing Mr Brownlee directly.
"I’m not sure what time it is over there… so I don't know if you're eating your third breakfast or your fifth dinner right now. But looking at the pictures we've seen here in Finland, we're pretty sure you're eating something."
He goes on to say that, "looking at Gerry Brownlee, you can see New Zealand has a very strong culture. An extremely strong barbecue, beer and car driving culture."
Enbuske goes on to list many of Finland's achievements, saying New Zealand's only invention is "the game for white men called swindle the land from the Maori and then f**k them in the ass."
And he goes on.
"We have Kimi Raikkonen, you have sheep. We have Linus Torvalds, you have sheep. We have the Angry Birds game. You have sheep. We have Alvar Aalto, you have sheep. We have Nokia, you have sheep… the list is long, because there's a f**king enormous number of famous Finns, and you're sheeps [sic]. Thankyou, greetings from Finland."
Minister-Counsellor for the Embassy of Finland Juha Parikka says the comments are ridiculous, especially those about women.
"As far as we know, Finland is one of the world leaders in what comes to women's rights, and has been that for the past 100 years."
Mr Parikka has yet to receive a response from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Christian Science Monitor also looked at Mr Brownlee's claims, and found them wanting.
He said Finland's unemployment rate was higher, but "the difference is hardly dramatic". Finland also has had much stronger economic growth, not only recently but over the last decade.
Finland's GDP is around 20 percent higher than New Zealand's, and there are no food shortages.
It's homicide rate is 2.0 per 100,000 people, barely higher than New Zealand's 1.76.
Mr Karlsson also claims international comparisons show Finland's education system to be stronger than New Zealand's, and that women in Finland have equal rights.
"Brownlee's assertions about Finland are in other words all completely untrue except for the ones about unemployment and homicides, but even in those cases he exaggerates the difference," writes Mr Karlsson.
3 News / RadioLIVE
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28/04/2012 9:19:15 a.m.
You mentioned Tuomas Enbuske, probably not knowing that he is involved in hidden campaign to promote Swedish language in Finland.
In real democracy there cannot be secrets known by the elite only - as in Finland.
Swedish government constantly interferes in Finland's internal affairs. It practically decide what languages Finnish pupils, students and employees have to study. It has taken part in ongoing campaigns to promote Swedish language.
I revealed a threat on January 18, 2012: http://vantaa.jimdo.com/about-me/
Finnish media is as dishonest as always. It is totally silent on all these subjects.
22/04/2012 1:34:08 p.m.
Awwww the poor Finns :( So sorry about that awful Brownlee making those disgusting comments about your people and your achievements. I am embarrassed as a Kiwi that we have an idiot like that in a position of power. The National Party sheep voted him in!!!
1/04/2012 4:40:38 p.m.
Dear Finns and Kiwis, I am from NY, and was hoping to move to either Finland or NZ soon-do either of you want an unemployed cellist? I'll bring, let's see, um, maple syrup. My personal advice as to the funniest politicians in the world: US presidential candidates! My rendition of the Barber cello sonata? I think NZ is winning.
30/03/2012 7:10:11 p.m.
These comments are hilarious. It shows that both Finns and Kiwis have a sense of humour.
29/03/2012 12:51:54 p.m.
im from NZ and i thought this clip was quite funny and im quite sure that us kiwis here will know that the comments made in this clip was just directed at jerry brownlee :)
29/03/2012 11:00:35 a.m.
NZ has Julian & Camilla we don't have...and I love Camilla..
29/03/2012 10:39:23 a.m.
Hi all in NZ! We have our share of funny politicians like this "brownie". And lousy TV-hosts...really lousy ;)) Take care!
29/03/2012 9:27:16 a.m.
just a happy woman wrote:
In 1893, New Zealand became the first nation to extend the right to vote to all adult women. The first European country to introduce women's suffrage was the Grand Duchy of Finland and that country, then a part of the Russian Empire with autonomous powers, produced the world's first female members of parliament as a result of the 1907 parliamentary elections.
29/03/2012 8:09:49 a.m.
I'm Finnish and I love NZ! I hope there is no hatred in the air.
29/03/2012 7:48:21 a.m.
Whose idea was it to show 3 comments at a time on this site?!
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