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Rowdy Finns 'invade' Swedish border town

TT/Rebecca Martin · 16 May 2011, 17:48

Published: 16 May 2011 17:48 GMT+02:00

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"If we had been able to close the border we would have, but you need a government decision to do that,"Christer Holm of the Haparanda police told daily Expressen.

According to Holm, the atmosphere was very heated at times.

“There was a procession of cars, they made lots of noise so people couldn’t sleep, and there were a couple of assaults. There was also quite a few scuffles that were never reported,“ Holm told news agency TT.

One girl had her feet run over, in what was probably an accident, and was taken to hospital. Another minor assault was reported.

“In both these cases we have suspects and they are Swedish,“ said Holm.

According to Expressen, the locals did not appreciate the Finnish visit, as the cases of assault were reported to the police by Finns.

There were also a few incidents reported where the Swedish flag had been burnt.

“That they burn the Swedish flag we find a bit alarming. It is their way of celebrating of course but it makes the whole thing a little more serious,” said Holm to daily Expressen.

After the reinforcements had arrived the local police managed to have the situation calmed down in the early hours of the morning.

“The Finns usually cross the border and make noise even after ordinary games but of course this was a bit special. I suppose they have some sort of big-brother complex. It is lucky that they don’t win that often,“ Holm told TT.

This was only the second time that Finland has won the Ice Hockey World Championships. Last time they won was in 1995 and celebrating Finns inundated Haparanda then as well.

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Swedes tend to cross the border to Finland after a win, but according to Robert Sonntag of the local police in the Finnish city of Tornio across the border, that is usually a calmer affair.

However, that is not because Swedes are calmer by nature but because they win more often.

“It doesn’t happen that often here. Only every 16th year or so. That could be why," he said to Expressen.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:03 May 16, 2011 by Iraniboy
True Finns!
19:06 May 16, 2011 by Nemesis
Now the Swedes know how people in Helsingor and Copenhagen feel when invaded by Drunken Swedes.

Also Swedes from Haparanda invade Finland regularly. The statement above that Swedes do not cause trouble, when they cross the border into Finland is a blatant lie. Quite often they cause mayhem.
19:12 May 16, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Awesome sisu Finns! Show the squirmies where it's at!
19:15 May 16, 2011 by J. L. Belmar

Good point! Very good comment! 6 to 1 in your favor.

Robert Sonntag of the local police in the Finnish city of Tornio across the border, is a classical Swedish Pinocchio: lies after lies.
19:44 May 16, 2011 by Syftfel
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
21:33 May 16, 2011 by johnny1939
Heja Finland!
02:36 May 17, 2011 by abraham lezama
Strange for me from the Finns, but they were really happy i think.

as i dont check soccer...
05:22 May 17, 2011 by foordranata
To "inundate" a town at those latitudes is just how many invaders, I do not know.

Well, some estimates were 100 000 "invaders" here in Helsinki last night. Did´t see anyone burning any flags.

First night it was like after a South American city after winning the soccer filnals. Everyone got into the car, drove to the city and put up a party on the streets.

So which particular meaning does the term "inundate" serve in this story?--> To my knowledge half the population in Haparanda is either born in Finland or in some other way regard themselves Finns.

The Tornio-side, (to my knowing, again) is habited by a far smaller population of Swedes in comparison.

So where´s the difference, my dears?
06:34 May 17, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
Why did it happen.
09:33 May 17, 2011 by SaraMx
I invite these Finns to drop by my place whenever they want :P

partying wild, half-naked, drunk, nuts... definitely my type of guys LOL
10:06 May 17, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Rowdy Finns 'invade' Swedish border town

This is the title of the news we are more or less discussing about. So, for The Local, Sergel Torg's photo is the

photo of the border town. And then, we complain about misleading news from other media. So, let us "inundate" Swedish media with comments, because of their misleading articles; my favourite, The Local, included.
12:01 May 17, 2011 by Frank Arbach
Admittedly without being there, it does seem as though the Swedes can't take a beating in sport.
12:44 May 17, 2011 by Norrlands Turk
Markoolio ftw!
15:18 May 17, 2011 by Borilla
Is it true that Swedish Army troops stationed at the border surrendered? Probably more people in that town speak Finnish (or the Finnish dialect) than speak Swedish. "Invade" seems somewhat harsh since a great many of the "Finns" celebrating probably live there.
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