Finally! A country with a flimsier sense of self-worth than puny ol' NZ. Finland has spawned a campy mock-Satanic heavy-metal band, Lordi, to represent their nation at the popular Eurovision Song Contest. And all hell's broken loose with accusations of devil worship & KGB plots amid protests and collective introspection bordering on patriotic disintegration. What a dag! Most mirthful are band members' quotes which (like kiwiland) reveal a deeply entrenched national inferiority complex:
"The affair.. has exposed the insecurity of a young country whose language is spoken by only 6 million people worldwide & whose sense of identity has been dented by being part of the Swedish kingdom & the Russian empire until gaining independence in 1917.Egad! Someone give them emergency self-worth resuscitation! I shouldn't laugh at another's suffering, but the communal caterwauling was not only refreshingly candid but oddly reminiscent of the Land of the Long White Sheep. Finland: NZ's national soulmate. Have no idea from where (both) our pitiful sense of nationhood originates - must be something to do with living so close to the poles.
"In Finland, we have no Eiffel Tower, few real famous artists, it is freezing cold & we suffer from low self-esteem"