The World "Peace" Statue

Uprooted Fake Nations Festival, Helsinki, Finland 2013

“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 the truth is that Finland was “obliged” to accept this gift under the pressure 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.

Photo credits: Liina Kuittinen