Once a refugee child

During the Second World War, Finland evacuated 80 000 children to other Nordic Countries, 72 000 of those children were sent to Sweden. The situation was difficult for both children and parents. The parents yearned for their children home, and they were struck with a grief after they had become strangers in the eyes of their children.

After the war ended, 15 000 children never returned to Finland. Some war children experienced a lack of self-esteem, desolation, rootlessness, and insecurity, and many of those feelings were carried with them into their adulthood. Today, the average age of those children is 77 years old.