|"I am NOT pleased!" growls Janne Sibelius|
As many have said, three languages are spoken in Finland - Finnish, Swedish and Russian, and huge parts of Karelia are now under Russian rule. National identity is never simple or rigidly fixed, except maybe to Brexiteers. A basic knowledge of European history would not go astray. Dare we ask that anyone writing about Sibelius might know who he was and what he did? Sibelius's music found a ready audience in Britain very early on. His popularity helped shape western opinion, creating international sympathy for a Finland even when Britain and Russia were linked. In the past, Finland was too small to have had strategic value to the west, so popular international support made a lot of difference. Effectively, Sibelius was the father of his nation, a symbol of Finnishness to the whole world. Sibelius was Finalnd's secret weapon ! Doesn't that matter?