Nr 77 • Jaanuar 2010

Summary

The first issue of Diplomaatia in 2010 is dedicated to Finland. In the opening article, Mart Nutt, a historian and a member of the Estonian Parliament, compares Finnish and Estonian history. The Estonians have always drawn parallels between the two countries. The Finns have done the same with only slightly less enthusiasm, writes Nutt. “But if we compare the fates of the two nations from the beginning of time, it becomes clear how diverging they have actually been,” states Nutt. He provides an in-depth analysis of the emergence of nationhood and political systems in both Finland and Estonia from the second half of the 19th century to the Second World War, taking a closer look at the differences in their economic systems and population processes. “Despite EU membership, both Finland and Estonia have their own interests that lead to different choices, which often find expression in contrasting behavioural patterns. It is clear that the roots of these behavioural differences lie partly in history,” claims Nutt.

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