The finlandisation ( suomettuminen in Finnish, finlandisering in Swedish, German Finnlandisierung in ) is an expression referring to the influence which can have a powerful country on the foreign policy of a smaller adjoining country.
The expression, which is perceived like pejorative, finds its origin in the debates of NATO in the Années 1960 and 70, and indicated the fact that a country becomes neutral, with an aim, not only to preserve national sovereignty, but also not to defy a close power. The Finland is the country directly at the origin of the word because of its foreign policies of the time the Cold war concerning the Soviet Union. She in particular refused to join NATO.
The Finland used a long time the code SF for the plates of cars, because the country bears the name of Suomi in Finnois and of Finland in Swedish (two official languages of the country), but abroad one said that meant Sovietic Finland i.e. “Soviet Finland” in English: SF finally had to be replaced by FINE …
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