Helsinki times (Largest newspaper in the country) writes:

PEOPLE of African descent consider Finland as one of the most racist countries in the European Union, suggests a 13-member state study by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

In Finland, 43 per cent of such people reported to having experienced racial harassment in the past year, a proportion that is higher than in any of the other 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

The proportion rose to 52 per cent when respondents were asked if they have experienced racial harassment in the past five years.

Experiences of racial harassment from the past year were nearly as common in Germany (42%) and the least common in Portugal (6%) and Sweden (10%). On average, 24 per cent of respondents across the member states stated that they have experienced racial harassment in the past year and 30 per cent in the past five years.

  • Are people of African descent subject to more harassment in Finland than other EU countries?
  • if so, is there indication why?

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Well, there is a link to the actual survey in the article that says

Racist harassment

Nearly one in three respondents of African descent (30 %) say that they experienced racist harassment in the 5 years before the survey. There are considerable variations between EU Member States, ranging from 54 % of respondents in Germany and 52 % of respondents in Finland to 10 % of respondents in Portugal.

One in four respondents (23 %) who are parents or guardians say that their children experienced racist harassment/bullying at school. The highest rates are in Austria, Finland, Germany and Ireland, at almost 40 %. 8 % of parents/guardians say that their children experienced racist violence at school, with the highest levels in Ireland (23 %) and Finland (20 %)

Amnesty brings more sources with some possible explanations to the "why".

Note that Finland discriminates minorities in general, and that Finland is a relatively low immigration country:

Finnish (official) 86.9%, Swedish (official) 5.2%, Russian 1.5%, other 6.4% (2020 est.)

that has relatively few "Black people" as the survey calls them.

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