Finnish Journal of Social Research 2022-12-27T14:37:39+02:00 Editorial team Open Journal Systems <p><span class="rpHighlightAllClass rpHighlightSubjectClass" title="" role="heading" aria-level="2">Finnish Journal of Social Research </span>is an annually published peer-reviewed journal focusing on research articles relevant to Finnish society. Its scope is multi-disciplinary, covering sociology, political science, and economics, as well as the other social sciences. The articles published in the journal are to be based on high-quality data and appropriate methods, quantitative or qualitative. All published articles are double-blind peer reviewed by at least two experts. <br><br>We accept submissions throughout the year. Articles will be published online (advance access) once they have been accepted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> It’s the story, stupid! Timo Soini, Jussi Halla-aho and the battle for the story of the Finns Party 2022-09-23T17:23:06+03:00 Markus Ketola Johan Nordensvärd <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">What role does storytelling play in right-wing populist parties? With a focus on the Finns Party and its leaders Timo Soini (1995</span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">–</span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">2017) and Jussi Halla-aho (2017</span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">–</span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">2021), this article depicts the narrative struggle that ensued when the Finns Party joined government in 2015 and exposes the challenges populist storytellers face when engaged in governing coalitions. Whereas Soini argued in favour of joining government and actively participating in broad, consensus-based policymaking, Halla-aho focused on directly challenging government by targeting migration as a key concern for party voters. These tensions culminated in the breakup of the party, where a small faction continued in government until 2019 while the mother party returned to the opposition. A storytelling perspective shows the importance of a credible truth-telling narrative in understanding far-right populist electoral success and demonstrates the challenges government responsibility presents for populist narrative credibility. </span></p> </div> </div> </div> 2022-12-27T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Markus Ketola, Johan Nordensvärd Fertility recovery despite the COVID-19 pandemic in Finland? 2022-09-07T08:48:45+03:00 Jessica Nisén Marika Jalovaara Anna Rotkirch Mika Gissler <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">Finland’s increase in births, recorded in the months following the first two waves of the COVID-19 </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">pandemic, was among the strongest. We assess whether this fertility increase occurred because of or despite the pandemic, or both, by investigating the country’s fertility trends by women’s region of residence, age </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">group, and parity. Finland overall was modestly hit by the early pandemic, but Helsinki-Uusimaa faced </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">more severe restrictions. We used aggregate register data until September 2021 to assess monthly fertility. </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">In 2020 and 2021, the relative increases in fertility were strongest among women aged 30 and over. In 2021, but not in 2020, fertility increased most in Helsinki-Uusimaa, and across parities. Model-based estimates </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">suggested a modest fertility boost of the early pandemic. To conclude, Finland’s notable fertility increase </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">in 2021 broadly followed pre-existing trends where the country recovered from its all-time low fertility </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">levels, and the early pandemic may have reinforced this trend. </span></p> </div> </div> </div> 2022-12-27T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Jessica Nisén, Marika Jalovaara, Anna Rotkirch, Mika Gissler Life satisfaction and social capital in different age groups in Finland: Data from the European Values Study 2022-09-12T11:22:40+03:00 Marina Näsman Fredrica Nyqvist <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">The aim of the study is to explore age and language group differences in social capital and life satisfaction, and their associated factors, among Finnish and Swedish speakers in Finland. Data were derived from the European Values Study (EVS), and the sample included 2514 individuals aged 18 years and older. </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">Various regression-based methods were used in the analyses. The results indicate that there are significant </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">differences in social capital between Finnish and Swedish speakers but not in life satisfaction. Nevertheless, a positive association between volunteering and life satisfaction was observed for Finnish speakers. The </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">findings corroborate that structural and cognitive social capital are associated with higher life satisfaction </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">and highlight the potential for promoting well-being in younger and older adults through being actively engaged in and feeling connected to a community. Moreover, special attention should be given to young adults who display the lowest levels of life satisfaction and social capital. </span></p> </div> </div> </div> 2022-12-27T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Marina Näsman, Fredrica Nyqvist The COVID-19 crisis and gender equality in Finland 2022-12-02T21:57:18+02:00 Anna Elomäki Merita Mesiäislehto <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">This article assesses the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on gender equality in Finland, based on the </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">findings of a research project funded by the government’s analysis, assessment and research activities. Finland provides an interesting case, as in some respects it could be argued to represent the best-case </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">scenario. The article shows that the employment and social impacts of the crisis were gendered, and that </span><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">the crisis made visible long-term gender equality problems in the Finnish society. The article suggests that the impacts on gender equality were nevertheless relatively small and short term. The lightness of the restriction measures, high levels of gender equality, and the Finnish welfare state contributed to this outcome, even if the protection provided by these factors was not complete. Despite the Finnish government’s commitment to advancing gender equality, the adopted recovery and support measures were not particularly gender sensitive. </span></p> </div> </div> </div> 2022-12-27T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Merita Mesiäislehto, Anna Elomäki Cross-social scientific conversations on Finnish society 2022-12-27T14:05:39+02:00 Outi Sarpila Elina Kilpi-Jakonen Iida Kukkonen <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Editorial note</p> 2022-12-27T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Outi Sarpila, Iida Kukkonen