Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori

In March 2020, right at the start of the pandemic, Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori held his first press conference in English, addressing the city’s international community. Behind him Helsinki is written in Swedish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, and Russian — for those 2% who speak Russian there.

That’s an example of the world I believe in. Where everyone who lives and works in the city is equaly respected. Where 1.5 millon migrant workers from Central Asia in Moscow alone stop being invisible. And the mayor of Moscow speaks against the background that says Moscow in Tatar, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Armenian, Georgian, Azerbaijani, Uzbek and Tajik.