Does having a Finnish passport make you a Finn? Certainly, this is not an easy question for some, as there are many factors in place that will determine an individual’s response. Hence, why it has become a controversial debate topic or a highly debatable question.
That being said, let’s examine this more closely.
What does it mean to become a citizen of a country?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a citizen is a legally recognized subject or a national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized.
In other words, both the natives of Finland and the people who have gained the Finnish citizenship are considered citizens.
A person can have more than one citizenship, thus allowing them to carry multiple international passports. Though, not every country allows dual citizenship.
See the article: Which countries allow dual citizenship in 2019?
Citizenship vs. Nationality
Many of us often confuse nationality for citizenship and the other way around. Technically, they are two sides of the same coin.
What is Cheng’s nationality?
Cheng was born in the US to Chinese parents but spent 99% of his life in Finland.
Nationality can be a messy situation for some people.
Types of Finns
There are two types of Finns: Ethnic or Native Finns and Generation-type Finns.
A native Finn is a Finn that is part of a Baltic Finnic ethnic group native to Finland. In total, there are about 7 million Finns worldwide, of which the biggest part resides in Finland.
These are Finns who either moved to Finland and settled, Finns who were born in Finland to immigrant parents, Finns who were born in Finland to either (Native and Immigrant parent).
What makes you a Finn?
Someone once quoted:
What makes you a Finn is living in a home filled with IKEA products, an introvert who welcomes people into their home, a strong but softhearted person.
The truth is that Nationality and Citizenship are not the only yardsticks with which to measure what makes one a FINN. Sure, you might earn the title to be called a “Finn” by virtue of lineage, birth or naturalization. However, if your cultural values are not “Finnic or Finnish-like”, then you are merely a Finn by name.
Questions to ask:
Are your customs and traditional values Finnish?
Would you take a bullet for Finland?
Would you be willing to fight for Finland?
See the article on The Finnish Ten Commandments.
So, does having a Finnish passport make you a Finn?
YES and NO.
Yes, if you fulfill the conditions under “What makes you a Finn” explained above. No, if you don’t identify yourself as a Finn, or if you don’t exhibit the customs and cultural values of Finnish people.
Color, Race, and Continent have nothing to do with whether or not you deserve the right to be called a Finn. If you think otherwise, please let me know in the comment below.
Finn test (answer if you are a Finn)
If you are in a room full of Finns (both natives, and all generations type Finns, etc) and a masked man with a gun walked into the room and says:
“Whoever is willing to take a bullet for Finland STAY otherwise RUN”
Would you STAY and RUN?