Well rbairoid - starting from your last comment - they are already from the left ! They are are a ‘fixed’ society with no competition - there is no Tesco, no Carrefour, no Geant, no Aldi. There are a few Lidl’s but of course have no booze, as this you MUST buy from the Government shop with exorbitantly high taxes. The supermarkets are S market and K market and few others that push Finnish products. Finns are by nature quiet rather malleable even I would say guillible people and their Government tells them that all Finnish goods are better and they, a little like sheep, buy Finnish tomatoes at 250 Euros a kilo (yes I am exaggerating), because they actually believe their politicians. My mother-in-law often tells me that Finnish strawberries are the best and my sister-in-law the same for Finnish chocolate.
Now lets move to Helsinki airport — its a bit like Doha, you see more or less only one airline, there is No Ryanair, No Easyjet, No Swissair, No Air France and on and on. They make codeshares with the other airlines to fly only Finnair aircraft on all these Euro routes and at very expensive fares. They would never allow Ryanair to gain a foothold in Helsinki as they would kill Finnair in one year.
Now lets talk about the weather, its absolutely awful. Their summer started about two weeks ago, it snowed in Helsinki in May! It will last another 5 weeks maximum. By 1st week of August already the nights have a chill about them, and winter rushes in again.
Lets see - other qualities of life, eating out in a decent restaurant requires you take out a bank loan, buying a bottle of wine out also requires substantial cash preparation in advance. The Police are draconian, and the speeding fines are based on your salary, so they will screw you.
So apart from all this, its a very nice country where everybody drives around at 1 or 2km below the speed limit and will bore you to tears. They have no sport apart from ice hockey and winter sports so football, rugby, cricket, tennis, horse racing, F1,etc etc they have no idea what you are talking about. The world passes them by and in their ‘mushroom’ like state, they do not even notice. When they do wish to read about the world out there , they have one (govt controlled) newspaper ‘The Helsinkin Sanomat’ and nothing else with which to get a balanced view, and of course those views given within are always from the left.
I leave you with one example of how introverted they are. When the 9/11 attacks occurred and the whole world tuned in their TVs to watch this horrific momentous incident in world affairs, YLE the Finnish state TV channel continued showing various episodes of THE SIMPSONS… I kid you not.