About Magma

Magma is a Finnish think tank that was founded in 2008. It supports liberal values and is independent of party politics. Since the beginning Magma has focused on issues such as integration, minorities, media, and the consequences of structural and economic change.
Magma’s activities are based on the fact that Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish, and on the understanding that multilingualism and ethnic diversity are important features of today’s Finland and of Europe.
Magma performs an analytical function and serves as an arena for discussion. Our studies, as well as our impact and risk analyses, provide a basis for decision making.
Magma also organizes conferences and seminars. The results are presented on our website, in our own publications, in articles and at public events. Magma also undertakes comparative studies within a European context and cooperates with think tanks both in Finland and abroad.

Latest articles in english

Reflections on Islamophobia and anti-Semitism

21 maj 2015 | Thijl Sunier
When people who doubt whether something as Islamophobia exists, use the term they do that in a literal sense and emphasize indeed the association with fear. Islamophobia would be an (irrational) fear for Islam, just as people have an irrational fear of height, spiders, and so on. So they argue that fear...

Managing the Nokia Shock (Magma-pamflett 2/2015)

18 mar 2015 | Roger Wessman
With the rise of Nokia’s mobile phone industry Finland’s economy became increasingly reliant on the success of a single company. At its peak the telecom equipment sector built up around Nokia accounted for 20 % of Finnish goods exports.

Making sense of the Russian bear metaphor: The image of a threatened bear distracts us from understanding Russia’s actions

28 jan 2015 | Katri Pynnöniemi
In trying to understand Russia’s actions in the context of the war in Ukraine, it is important to approach the use of the bear metaphor critically. In domestic use, the metaphor creates an image of a country acting in self-defence and deflects attention away from systemic problems.