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  • noun The former policy of neutrality by non-Communist countries under the influence of the Soviet Union.
  • noun The adoption of such a policy.

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  • noun The influence of a larger, more powerful sovereign state on the policies of a smaller, neighboring sovereign state.


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Directly from German Finnlandisierung, refering to the political climate in Finland during the cold war in the view of a 1960s and 1970s West-German debate.


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  • You heard the term Finlandization or self-Finlandization, which, by the way, was an offense to the Finns, who were very courageous and still are very courageous, very effective, successful people.

    Men and Powers: A political Retrospective 1990

  • In the cold-war era, "Finlandization" -- a term the Finns loathe -- became synonymous with a mildly coerced neutrality.

    Deep-Frozen Assets 2008

  • They want to shelter in a united Europe, and live under the NATO umbrella because they remember the Soviet Union, war, and years of what came to be called Finlandization—forced subservience to Soviet interests.

    Bad News Could Force Some Real Decisions Irwin Stelzer 2011

  • Finland, which is not a NATO member, walked a fine tightrope between East and West by adopting a practice known as "Finlandization," meaning the country deferred to Russia on major political decisions.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion 2012

  • The Spirit of Yalta is haunting Eastern Europe and could bring about the "Finlandization" of Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, the Baltic states.

    Leon T. Hadar: With Missile Shield Change, National Interests Get a Leg Up on the Military-Industrial Complex 2009

  • Once this announcement is made, other weaker Arab nations will uder extreme pressure to adopt policies that Ira approves of in the cold war we called it "Finlandization".

    More progress by Iran in making a nuclear weapon.... GayandRight 2009

  • To avoid Finnish neglect for the word "Finlandization", he uses the word "schroederizatsiya" to make clear Western attitude to Putin's Russia and its 'political and economical consequences.

    Putinizatsiya vs. schroederizatsiya of Europe. 2008

  • So I certainly can't call the AH -- namely, the slow "Finlandization" of Britain after a Nazi victory on the Continent -- implausible on that level.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal princeofcairo 2007

  • One of the strategies that the report advocates is "Finlandization" as a potential model for this process, based upon the Finland-Soviet relationship, where Finland maintained domestic sovereignty but deferred to its superpower neighbor in foreign policy issues.

    Making the History of 1989 1989

  • As welcome as Clinton's recent words were on the need to defend the right of countries to decide their own fate, you don't have to go very far in Europe to hear whispers that some kind of new "Finlandization" might be a reasonable compromise for countries like Ukraine and Georgia.

    The St. Petersburg Times 2010


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