white privilege, nordic privilege 

As a Finnish person, I think the concept of white privilege is a bit inaccurate to describe my position. Sure, white privilege applies even in Finland, as non-white people are, unfortunately, widely discriminated against. But when the biggest immigrant groups are also white (and are discriminated against), it doesn't capture the whole picture. Thus it could be proper to talk about Nordic privilege in addition to white privilege.
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white privilege, nordic privilege 

There's even a Finnish saying, ”being born in Finland is like winning lottery”, which people use unironically to express their gratitude to have a Finnish citizenship from birth. And this is nothing else than pure Nordic privilege (although pointing this out could bring up some angry denialism from some people).
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white privilege, nordic privilege 

Thanks to this Nordic privilege a person like me — trans, autistic, from working class family and without much money — can live a decent, peaceful and pretty harmonious and fulfilling life without having to worry about those many things that people from similar backgrounds have to endure in other countries.
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So, at the same time that I'm grateful for the previous generations who fought for this decent and peaceful situation here, I must not forget that this is a rare privilege in this world. My job here is not to tell you what to do, but to learn from you and live so that my decent situation is not paid by your suffering.
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@Stoori This feels like very interesting insider knowledge. My great-grandfather was born in New Hampshire but his parents were Finnish and came to the US right before he was born. I want nothing more than to move to Finland. Granted, I'd go almost anywhere to escape the US right now.

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@rmsugarcandy I understand, the news from the US are so grim nowadays.

I quickly checked about how to get citizenship, and looks like that past family from generations ago won't help in that. The quickest way would be to marry a Finnish citizen, otherwise you'd need to stay here long enough and speak decent Finnish.

You could of course get a residence permit, if you have a job or are studying. You've probably checked this already migri.fi/en/residence-permit.

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@Stoori Thanks yeah - family would have helped if it weren't so far back. 😭 I'll speak Finnish by the time I ever get there. My partner works in tech and would probably be able to get a job and a permit easily- we'd get married first and I could probably get a job teaching English. Got the certs and stuff. I'm a speech therapist also but that ain't gonna help in Finnish. If English-speaking families needed services maybe.

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@rmsugarcandy I hope you best luck in getting all this sorted out and getting work here. You're welcome to Finland!

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@Stoori Kiitoksia niin paljon. 🙏 Opan rakastua kylmää! ❄️❄️❤️❄️❄️

white privilege, nordic privilege 

@Stoori I've hated that proverb since I was a kid >< It always felt so... pompous towards people from elsewhere.

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