Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Are there homeless people in Finland? Of course, for the very same, familiar reasons that there are homeless people in America.

The caption runs something like this:

“A homeless person happened to find herself here in Kaleva one day; she slept long into the day. I’m not sure, but she looks like a woman who’s sometimes seen around the railroad station, whom I’ve christened The Birdlady, as how some Swedish police records named a certain homeless person. This Birdlady also feeds pigeons. Of course I didn’t disturb her, and neither did anyone else. Let the poor one sleep.”

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:07 PM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

Are there homeless people in Finland?

The number of homeless people in Finland is nearly 10 000 so I'm amazed that I still keep finding people who think that we haven't got homeless people.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes but the reason he's sleeping on the street is because most shelters will only take in sober people. You can't force a person to stop drinking, sleeping on the street in Finland is a matter of choice. Either that, or the person in the picture is too stupid to go and ask the right people.

2:30 AM  
Blogger Finnpundit said...

It's a matter of choice for many in the US, too.

5:52 PM  
Blogger the adventuress said...

It's a matter of choice for many in the US, too.

Yes, it is. Probably for most of them. We have social workers who spend large amounts of time and money trying to convince "homeless" people to accept housing in city-funded residential hotels and shelters -- only to find a week or two later, taht they are out on the streets yet again. Because they just can't handle structured life, for a variety of reasons.

1:19 PM  
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8:08 AM  

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