Friday, November 9, 2007

Swedish Professor: Finns Traditionally More Brutal

"Finns are traditionally more brutal", declared the headline in the large Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on its web page on October 13th. DN was delving into youth violence, which has been a hot topic of debate recently, interviewing Jerzy Sarneck, Professor of Criminology at the University of Stockholm. He told a generally acknowledged truth - that violence statistics are traditionally more grim in Finland than in Sweden. Sarneck says that the Civil War led to the "brutalisation" of Finnish society, and that violence has been passed down as a legacy from one generation to another.

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