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MP Hakkarainen's latest gaffe: send minorities to Åland
True Finns' MP Teuvo Hakkarainen managed to spark controversy again during the weekend with a suggestion that Somalis, gays, and Lesbians should be sent to the semi-autonomous Swedish-speaking Åland Islands to live.
His comments are linked with a story in the Helsingin Sanomat weekly Nyt magazine supplement, which mentioned that Hakkarainen has something of a fan base within Finland's gay community.
The late-edition tabloid Ilta Sanomat asked Hakkarainen for a comment on the matter. After the actual interview, Hakkarainen called the newspaper to suggest the establishment of "a model society in Åland".
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