romea - logo
October 20, 2018
extended search

Finland: Owners of first Romani café say they want it to bridge cultures

15.7.2018 10:23
Café Rom in Finland (PHOTO:
Café Rom in Finland (PHOTO:

News server Yle reports that in mid-June the National Romani Forum in Finland announced that a business called Café Rom in the town of Kotka had become the first restaurant in the country to be owned and managed by local Romani people. Café Rom is located in an old portside cafeteria in Hovinsaari district.

The logo of Café Rom is the Romani flag adopted at the first World Roma Congress in 1971. The interior features banners with information about Romani culture and history.

Allan Bollström, chair of the local Kaakonkulma Romani association, said Café Rom is a place that breaks down prejudices and stereotypes about Romani people. "There are entrenched stereotypes about Romani people, for centuries they have been rumored to be lazy and violent. Café Rom is here to demonstrate to our customers that we are citizens of Finland who are normal. All are welcome here," he said, describing Café Rom as a bridge between the majority population and Romani people.

"Disinformation and prejudices about us still exist," he said. "Café Rom is the key to our being able to change that. We are prepared to answer all questions that our customers might have."

Racism against Romani people is still common in Finland. Recent events there have reminded the community of that fact.

In May a gas station in the town of Vantaa refused to sell fuel to a Romani family. At the beginning of June a barman in the Iltakoulu restaurant in Helsinki refused to serve Romani people there.

Dimitri Lindeman, a Romani man from the coastal city of Hamina, is a student of management and currently one of Café Rom's three employees. "Security guards in shops always follow us around and sometimes won't even let us in some places," he said.

The situation in the country, according to Lindeman, is improving, though, and many locations are noting a decline in such discrimination. An estimated 10 000 Romani people live in Finland.

dm, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
Views: 390x

Don't miss:

Related articles:


Diskriminace, Finsko, integration, podnikání


--ilustrační foto--

Czech Police do not find politicians' remarks about Romani genocide site to have been criminal

16.10.2018 12:24
The remarks made earlier this year by the chair of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" movement (SPD), Czech MP Tomio Okamura, and by his party colleague Czech MP Miloslav Rozner about the WWII-era concentration camp for Romani people at Lety u Písku have not been found to be criminal. The Czech Police have shelved the case.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Germany: More than 200 000 people protest discrimination, neo-Nazism and racism

15.10.2018 12:31
On Saturday, 13 October, more than 200 000 people attended a demonstration against racism, the ultra-right and xenophobia in Berlin, many more than were anticipated, according to public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Organizers estimated that 242 000 people turned out for the protest.
 full story


Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Moderátoři serveru si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na ostatním uživatelům.

More articles from category

romea - logo