It’s all about values
We in the Swedish People’s Party (Svenska folkpartiet, SFP) believe that all people have the right to make decisions about their lives and the way they choose to live them. Everyone should have the freedom to dream and turn those dreams into reality. The freedom to live in peace, without fear – in safety. The freedom to make decisions about our bodies, beliefs and opinions. The freedom to make a living and work. The freedom to be yourself.
SFP is Finland’s liberal party, and it is strongly anchored in the Nordic and European traditions. Our liberalism is built on a respect for people, individuals’ rights and liberties, gender equality and social and global responsibility. Freedom with responsibility is our view of humanity. We believe in the individual human being and his or her right and capacity to build and influence his or her life.
The SFP is the party for everyone who wants to work for a bilingual Finland. We consider our country’s bilingualism a richness and success factor. SFP is the guarantee for everybody’s right to use and be served in his or her native language, Finnish or Swedish, now and in the future.
The SFP will always defend our Nordic welfare state and everyone’s rights to equal opportunities. We want to see greater investment in education, equal care and incentivizing social protection that guarantees everyone a decent income.
Sustainable growth and a high employment rate can guarantee our welfare state in the long run. We want to reduce borrowing, as we do not want to pass a larger debt burden on to future generations. Nor do we want to raise taxes; however, we want to see more Finns working and paying taxes. We also know that most new jobs are created in small and medium-sized enterprises.
We share a responsibility for our planet and environment. The climate question is one of the biggest challenges of our time. A sustainable future demands a clear policy that encourages environmentally friendly investment and a sustainable way of life and production.
When we look at the world today, one thing is clear. The basic values we long thought self-explanatory are no longer so. Liberal values are challenged both in the east and the west, but also here in Europe, very close to home. The SFP will always defend liberal Western democracy, and we want to work to develop means forms for participation and democracy.
We in the SFP say an unconditional ‘no’ to hatred and racism. We say ‘no’ to prejudice and isolationism.
We in the SFP put humanism before selfishness, openness before closedness, and we put people in the centre – not administration or bureaucracy. We speak warmly about every person’s equal worth, not about somebody being worth more than someone else. We speak on behalf of respect the individual and against all forms of repression and hatred. We speak on behalf of looking forward and creating faith in the future – not of isolating us and going backwards. We want to create a sense of security in everyday life. We want to create a successful Finland with people at the centre.
Building a society is always, first and foremost, about values.