TITLE

Relatives Or Strangers?: On The Relations Between Turkey And Finland

AUTHOR(S)
SUNAR, Burcu
PUB. DATE
October 2013
SOURCE
International Journal of Turcologia;Autumn2013, Vol. 8 Issue 16, p49
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the Turkish-Finnish relations which have never been a popular issue on both sides' academic literature. However ties between the two states have been much closer than one can expect. Illustrating five main points, the article aims to show that Turkish-Finnish relations have a great potential to improve. First, Ottoman Empire was one of the earliest states to recognize Finnish independence from Russia. Second, the new Republic of Turkey paid attention to the Finns who they believed to come from the Central and Northern Asia to find relatives to the Turks. Third, a part of the Muslim-Turkic population of Russia had immigrated to the Finnish territory which declared independence from Russia in 1917. Since then, there is a Muslim-Turkic population in Finland and they want to maintain their relations with Turkey. Fourth, trade relations between Turkey and Finland are strong. Fifth, Turks have a naïve and honest perception of the Finns as a brother nation.
ACCESSION #
92693519

 

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