BACKGROUND BOOKS

BACKGROUND BOOKS

available to foreigners is second-hand and second-rate," wrote a senior Finnish diplomat two years ago in Foreign A) fairs. "As a result," he continued, "Fin- land is forever at the mercy of the itiner- ant columnist who, after lunch and cocktails in Helsinki, is ready to pro- nounce himself upon the fate of the Finn- ish people."
An English-speaking reader hungering for serious information on contemporary Finnish society soon finds himself on short rations. To be sure,...

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