D3.1 Country Report | April 2021


Authors: Laura Horsmanheimo, Roosa-Maria Kylli, Kanerva Kuokkanen & Emilia Palonen – University of Helsinki

The country report Stakeholders of (De)-Radicalisation in Finland presents the Finnish situation regarding terrorism, radicalisation and de-radicalisation during past 20 years. Based on a desk study, the report’s sources include scientific literature, publications of public authorities, nationally relevant news media, and party programmes. While political violence has been relatively rare in the 21st century in Finland and violence is generally condemned in the state speech, the Finnish Security and Intelligence Service SUPO estimates that the threat for both far-right and radical-Islamist violent extremism is elevated. The welfare state plays a key role in Finnish ‘implicit’ de-radicalisation policies, while ‘explicit’ de-radicalisation policies rely on cross-sectoral collaboration including public authorities and CSOs, often on project funding. The report is part of the D.Rad project studying (de-)radicalisation in 17 countries, co-funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU.