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The Land of Sauna, Sisu, and Sibelius – An Attempt at a Psychological Portrait of Finland

The Land of Sauna, Sisu, and Sibelius – An Attempt at a Psychological Portrait of Finland Finland's identity as a nation is still very young. It appears that we did not exist at all before the year 1150 when we became part of Sweden. Perhaps we were quite happy hunting and fishing in the vast wilderness without any kings or other rulers. Much later, in 1809, Sweden lost a war to Russia, and Finland became a grand duchy of Russia until 1917. Thus, we celebrated 95th anniversary of our independence in December 2012. “We are not Swedes, we do not want to become Russians – let us be Finns” is a saying attributed to a writer and politician named A.I. Arwidsson almost 200 years ago, i.e. long before Finland's independence. The phrase still describes somehow our awkward position between those two neighbors. Sweden is some kind of a “big brother”, a rich and happy‐go‐lucky Scandinavian country which has enjoyed a lengthy period of peace (because of our protection?), and which has cultivated somewhat paternalistic attitudes toward us (or that is at least what we think). They seem to succeed in everything, be it ice hockey or the Eurovision Song Contest. They won it for the fifth time this year, and one of the past http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies Wiley

The Land of Sauna, Sisu, and Sibelius – An Attempt at a Psychological Portrait of Finland

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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1742-3341
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1556-9187
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10.1002/aps.1340
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Abstract

Finland's identity as a nation is still very young. It appears that we did not exist at all before the year 1150 when we became part of Sweden. Perhaps we were quite happy hunting and fishing in the vast wilderness without any kings or other rulers. Much later, in 1809, Sweden lost a war to Russia, and Finland became a grand duchy of Russia until 1917. Thus, we celebrated 95th anniversary of our independence in December 2012. “We are not Swedes, we do not want to become Russians – let us be Finns” is a saying attributed to a writer and politician named A.I. Arwidsson almost 200 years ago, i.e. long before Finland's independence. The phrase still describes somehow our awkward position between those two neighbors. Sweden is some kind of a “big brother”, a rich and happy‐go‐lucky Scandinavian country which has enjoyed a lengthy period of peace (because of our protection?), and which has cultivated somewhat paternalistic attitudes toward us (or that is at least what we think). They seem to succeed in everything, be it ice hockey or the Eurovision Song Contest. They won it for the fifth time this year, and one of the past

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International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic StudiesWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2013

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