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Watch: 'It Gets Better' Goes to Finland!


Dan Savage's phenomenal 'It Gets Better' campaign continues to expand its reach. 

Here's a video created at TEDx Helsinki, which includes not only Finland's Next Top Model winner, but the country's Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb (above) and Justice Minister Tuija Brax (in purple coat).

Writes Tommi, who appears in the still for the clip:

"The response to the video  has been amazing. In the premiere the audience of TedX Helsinki gave it a standing ovation. The president of the republic has mentioned it in her speech. In two days it has gathered 41 000 views in a country of five million. It's been shown in dozens of schools followed by a debate. All main TV stations will show it in full, which means that millions will see it. We got a publishing deal for a It Gets Better book, which will come out for the Christmas market."


(link to youtube)

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  1. Subscripts please!

    Finnish is a very unique sounding language.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 8, 2010 5:16:14 PM

  2. Captioning is available. If you don't see it on the embedded player, I've provided a YouTube link.

    Posted by: Andy Towle | Nov 8, 2010 5:26:09 PM

  3. My new favorite word = ush-ku-shu-nush!

    Something like that. No idea what it means, but it sounds great.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 8, 2010 5:41:19 PM

  4. Finns are sexy!!

    Posted by: Alexandre | Nov 8, 2010 5:53:33 PM

  5. Fins are sexy. they also have high rates of alcoholism and depression among the general population, so focusing on gay children is an impressive thing. Shown in schools, followed by debate...wouldn't it be nice if that could be said about more schools in the US--and a debate, presumably not harangues and christian Victims stuff.
    And yes, Finnish IS nearly unique. It's related to Basque and Hungarian and not much else.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Nov 8, 2010 6:30:38 PM

  6. from last month:

    "Anti-gay comments spark mass exodus from Finnish church"

    Not related to Basque but Estonian is the closest (sounds like Finnish). Also not an Indo-European language.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Nov 8, 2010 7:37:31 PM

  7. The only reason Finnish is lumped in with Magyar (Hungarian) is because neither is an Indo-European language.

    Posted by: Mona | Nov 8, 2010 8:33:04 PM

  8. Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, and some others are from the same language family (Finno-Ugaritic.) Hungarian and Finnish are not closely related though.

    There is no known language related to Basque.

    Posted by: LS | Nov 8, 2010 10:20:28 PM

  9. Mmm Thought the Celtic launguage of Cornish in the UK had similar roots to Basque

    Posted by: Drakow | Nov 9, 2010 12:52:43 AM

  10. yes, oshkosh b'gosh to these funny talking people, too! The dudes look like dy--lesbians, or is it the other way around? I know what bjork would look like with a beard now.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 9, 2010 1:04:01 AM

  11. I am so proud to e a finnish citizen!

    Posted by: Anders | Nov 9, 2010 3:22:28 AM

  12. @Tampazeke, Alexandre, thanks.
    @Anders I am proud Finnish too.
    @Bobn, I have no idea what is the word you trying to explain.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 9, 2010 10:50:13 AM

  13. hey tank, Bjork is from Iceland.

    Posted by: moinmalibu | Nov 9, 2010 7:00:52 PM

  14. @Bobn and @ Matt26

    I think he's trying to write "on kysymys", what the guy in the plaid said.

    Posted by: Benjamin Karl | Nov 12, 2010 7:29:00 AM

  15. thank you, citizen!


    Posted by: TANK | Nov 12, 2010 4:59:03 PM

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