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The World Peace Statue – A Case Study

The statue “The World Peace Statue”, based in Helsinki, Finland, was a present given by the city of Moscow to Finland, in 1990, two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when the Soviet Union was coming to an end. It was unveiled by Mayor Raimo as a monument of “peace and friendship” between both nations. But it seems Finland could not reject the “gift” of its powerful neighbor. This gift is one of the examples that created the expression “Finlandization”, a process by which one powerful country strongly influences the policies of a smaller neighboring country.

The film was presented at Uprooted Fake Nations Festival, Helsinki, curated by Thomasz Szrama and Willem Wilhelmus

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