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The Skinhead International: Finland

There are Skinhead groups in several Finnish cities - Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Lahti, Oulu, Pori - with a membership of between 10 and 50 in each.

Asked for a view of Finland's Skinhead scene in 1992, a member of the Finnish Skin band Mistreat spoke of "a relatively strong scene" in the major cities, "at least a few hundred people who are real Skinheads and many more with a similar attitude."

On the 12th of November, 1992, police arrested a small group of Skinheads for smashing the windows of the Jewish synagogue in Turku. A year later a Finnish Skinhead was quoted in the British skinzine Last Chance bragging that Skinheads had attacked refugee centers in Helsinki and in Tampere, and that the movement had "gathered new members fast."

In Helsinki, a Skinhead group fired the editor of its magazine, Skullhead-Skinhead, for having written articles condemning Nazi crimes against humanity. As of late 1993, there were skinzines published in at least two Finnish cities, Pori and Vantaa. (Anti-Defamation League, 30)

Work Cited

Anti-Defamation League. The Skinhead International: A Worldwide Survey of Neo-Nazi Skinheads. New York: Anti-Defamation League, 1995. Anti-Defamation League, 823 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

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