Although I have read your article in your Issue 6/2003 "FINNISH FOREIGN LEGION", about foreign conscripts, I recently found this article in the web about how a dual citizen from Scotland came to do his compulsory army service in Finland, but left after 9 days because of language problems. Here is the article:
"Scottish teenager quits Finnish army over language difficulty"
A Scottish teenager who enlisted with the Finnish army has quit after nine days because he can't understand the language.
Hamish Colville volunteered for national service in Finland to fill his gap year and keep his dual British-Finnish nationality. The 18-year-old, whose mother Ritva is Finnish, says he was left kicking his heels in a barracks near Helsinki, because of the language difficulty.
"I couldn't understand a word anyone was saying. They wouldn't even let me go near a gun because the safety lectures didn't mean anything to me. All I did was march to meals then sit about in my room reading while everyone else got on with the interesting things."
Hamish, from St Cyrus, Kincardineshire, told senior officers he'd be willing to complete his national service in a civilian role, but is now unsure about that, reports the Daily Record. He's due to return to Finland early next year but by that time, he will have started an economics course at Edinburgh University.
The only other option is to defer national service until he leaves university in four years. Hamish said: "I can't see myself doing that, to be honest. I'll be too busy training for a job and getting on with my life. If they force me to do it I'll tell them no way and give up my Finnish passport."
Story filed: 08:22 Thursday 6th March 2003.
This is not the first time I have come across such oblivious problems, which the Finnish army does not seem to take serious, as far as I know, army courses are only taught in Finnish and Swedish!
I urge you to, if possible write a follow up to your first article, on how there are problems for foreigners in the Finnish army.
No totta vitussa ulkomaalaisilla on ongelmia Suomen armeijassa, jos he eivät osaa sanaakaan suomea tai ruotsia!! Sellaisten ihmisten ei pitäisi tietenkään mennä Suomen armeijaan!! Tämän pitäisi olla itsestään selvää. Kuinka kukaan voi olla noin saatanan tyhmä?!
Tästä eteenpäin pidän 6d-lehteä suomalaisvastaisena vihapropagandana. En lue tuota lehteä enää koskaan. En koskaan osta mitään tuotetta, jota mainostetaan 6d-lehdessä. Ylläoleva sitaatti ei tosin ollut lehden toimittajilta, vaan lukijakirjeestä. Toimitus on kuitenkin vastuussa siitä, mitä lehti julkaisee yleisönosastossa. Sitäpaitsi jo edellisessä postauksessa mainitsemani 6d-lehdessä julkaistu kolumni on riittävä syy boikotoida tuota lehteä ja kaikkia siinä mainostavia yrityksiä.