The National Socialist Party (NSFAP) is attempting to register in Finland and has submitted to state authorities a slightly adjusted version of the program for Hitler's NSDAP from the interwar period. Minimal adjustments have been made to the text; for example, the new party wants to overthrow Muslims instead of Jews, reports news server iDNES.cz. The Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet reports the aim of the party is to campaign in the next elections. As an anti-immigrant group, NSFAP intends to accept only people with "ties of blood, culture or fate" into the Finnish nation. Instead of the death penalty, the party is calling for deportation from the country for unacceptable immigrants.
For the time being, officials have not rejected the application. Last week the Finnish press reported that three various ministries had agreed that the request "did not contain any tie to fascism or serious violations of existing laws." The Finnish Patent and Registration Office as returned the request for completion, calling for specifics on what the party concretely imagines the concept of "national socialism" to represent. The office also pointed out many legal and technical flaws in the registration application. The institution should make its decision within two weeks. Should it decide to register the party, the NSFAP will then have to submit 5 000 voters' signatures in order to run in local or parliamentary elections.
According to party leader Pekka Luoma, the party so far consists of several dozen activists. Luoma said on the radio that his formation wants to "fight against immigrants, mainly colored ones". Until now the populist party "Real Finns" has been considered the representative of the extreme right. That group became the third-strongest formation in Parliament after the recent elections and should become a member of the governing coalition. The media predicts that following Finnish political tradition, it will eventually tone down its program rhetoric in order to achieve compromise.