Most foreigners have visions of Finland as a land inhabited by people who are blond and blue eyed and have scant relation to the multicultural developments in the world. This view is now being proven to be completely incorrect as validated by the fact that one out of four marriages in Helsinki involved Finnish person marrying someone who was of foreign background and twelve percent were marriages in which both parties were foreign born. According to statistics when Finnish women marry someone from another nation it is a high probability he is from a Western European society, but when Finnish males marry, they more likely select a woman from Asia or Russia. The increase in immigration plus the greater probability Finns have traveled most probably has led to this shift in population.
In one sense, these marriages serve as bridges between cultures and integrate Finland in new ways that will eventually transform Finnish society into a multicultural blend of differing values and beliefs.