Fears grow over Finland’s far-right vigilante group ‘Soldiers of Odin’ as the country struggles to deal with huge influx of migrants

Thursday, January 14, 2016
By Paul Martin

The far-right group Soldiers of Odin has begun patrolling cities in Finland
Claiming to be protecting native Finns, the group opposes immigration
Police are becoming increasingly concerned about its members’ intentions

By COREY CHARLTON
DailyMail.com
14 January 2016

Wearing black jackets adorned with a symbol of a Viking, Finnish white supremacists the ‘Soldiers of Odin’ have surfaced as self-proclaimed patriots patrolling the streets for immigrants.

Marching with banners and masks, and claiming to be protecting native Finns from immigrants, fears are now growing about their expanding presence and motivations.

On the northern fringes of Europe, Finland has little history of welcoming large numbers of refugees, unlike neighbouring Sweden.

But as with other European countries, it is now struggling with a huge increase in asylum seekers and the authorities are wary of any anti-immigrant vigilantism.

A group of young men founded Soldiers of Odin, named after a Viking god, late last year in the northern town of Kemi, a border community which has become an entry point for migrants.

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