The Finnish War Children

From 1939 to 1945 some 70,000 to 80,000 Finnish children were sent away from their war ravaged home. Some were taken to Denmark, and others to Norway, but the majority came to Sweden. In a special two part program hosted by Juan Navas, Radio Sweden follows the lives of Matti Nevalainen and Doris Emanuelsson, just two of the many youngsters forced to leave their loved ones.

In Part 1, ”Leaving Home: The Finnish War Children”, discover what life was like in Finland during the war years and how the children coped with the long journey to Sweden as well as their first impressions of their new home.

In Part 2, ”A New Home: The Finnish War Children,” we follow the lives of two children who came to Sweden, what life was like after the war and  how the expirience affected them.

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