FINLAND – ‘Has Worse Unemployment Than Us, Has Less Growth Than Us, Can Hardly Feed The People Who Live There, Has A Terrible Homicide Rate, Hardly Educates Its People, And Has No Respect For Women.’
So finally found the direct quote of what Brownlee said about Finalnd….Wow, what rot….
A top minister has sparked a near-diplomatic incident after suggesting Finns are uneducated, unemployed murderers who don’t respect women.
Speaking in Parliament, Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee rejected Labour’s plans to model the economy on Finland, “which has worse unemployment than us, has less growth than us, can hardly feed the people who live there, has a terrible homicide rate, hardly educates its people, and has no respect for women.”
Ari Hallenberg, Finland’s consul-general in Auckland, said Brownlee’s comments were inaccurate. “I think it would have been better left unsaid,” the diplomat said.
He was considering calling the Finnish embassy in Canberra to complain, and said Finnish media would also take issue with Brownlee. “This will create a storm when the comments go back to Finland.”
According to the OECD, Finland has the best education system in the world.
Elina Vaisanen from the New Zealand Scandinavia Business Association said the comments were outrageous – and the Finnish economy could teach Brownlee plenty. “You get a hell of a lot more money selling a Nokia than a couple of sheep.”
Sorry Finland. You also still have amazingly hot men……..