American family moving to Finland

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DMC
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Re: American family moving to Finland

Post by DMC » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:16 am

tatelate wrote:So, welcome to Finland for a safer, gun-free, secure, egalitarian community.
Finland feels like a safe & secure place where violence, especially gun crime, is rare. This doesn't mean it is gun-free though. Look up the figures for gun ownership per capita for different countries. Topping the list is the USA (no surprise there) but Finland is surprisingly high. Wikipedia put Finland 6th whilst
this Guardian article puts Finland 4th.



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inkku
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Re: American family moving to Finland

Post by inkku » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:57 am

Indeed Finland is not gun-free but there are a 1,5 million guns in Finland. However, they are mostly concentrated in Northern Finland and Aland where people practice actively hunting. Thus, hunting rifles etc, which have to be kept locked. To buy them, one nowadays need to got through lengthy permit process.

Actually, most common weapon used in crimes is a knife.


Rosamunda
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Re: American family moving to Finland

Post by Rosamunda » Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:33 pm

niceguy40 wrote:You'll have to serve in the finnish army for at least a year. Which would not be fun or easy.
Only if you decide to become a Finnish citizen and only if you are in your 20s.


FinnGuyHelsinki
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Re: American family moving to Finland

Post by FinnGuyHelsinki » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:29 pm

tatelate wrote:So, welcome to Finland for a safer, gun-free, secure, egalitarian community.
Finland is nowhere near "gun-free", there are 670 000 firearm permit holders and every fourth household has a legal firearm, it's just that firearms are not commonly seen in public. For the average citizen, there is no open or concealed carry, making it illegal to tote a firearm (in cities, anyway, in the countryside during the various hunting seasons someone walking down a road with a shotgun or a rifle over their shoulder is nothing unusual, nor illegal). As for the safety, legal gun-owners have an added incentive to abide by the law, as the continuation of their permits - and with that their hobby - will always be in question should anything happen.


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