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The Soldiers of Odin Finland : From a local movement to an international franchise (2019)

Kotonen, T. (2019). The Soldiers of Odin Finland : From a local movement to an international franchise. In T. Bjørgo, & M. Mareš (Eds.), Vigilantism against Migrants and Minorities (pp. 241-256). Routledge. Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429485619-15

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All authors or editorsKotonen, Tommi

Parent publicationVigilantism against Migrants and Minorities

Parent publication editorsBjørgo, Tore; Mareš, Miroslav



Journal or seriesRoutledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right

Publication year2019

Pages range241-256

Number of pages in the book347


Place of PublicationAbingdon

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67257


This chapter analyzes the growth of the Soldier of Odin Finland from a local phenomenon to an international movement, exploring the reasons behind both the success of the SOO, and its later decline in Finland as well as internationally. Additionally, the chapter describes the connections of the SOO with the Finnish extreme right and competition they had with other street patrol organizations. It scrutinizes the rhetoric they use and the ideology they share, and analyzes profiles of SOO leaders in Finland. The chapter is based on data drawn from interviews with Soldiers of Odin and other street patrol groups, police and court files, and online observation.

Keywordsright wing movementsfar rightideologiesrhetoricimmigrationvigilantisminternationalisation

Free keywordsSoldiers of Odin

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2019

JUFO rating3

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