The Finnish state has become the latest in a series of governments to formally apologize to generations of children who suffered abuse in state-run welfare institutions.
“Your message has been heard. The long episode of silence is over. As a society, we carry our responsibility of what has happened to you,” Juha Rehula, the minister of family affairs and social services, told survivors at a ceremony on Nov. 20, according to Finland Today. Rehula offered a “deep, sincere apology” on behalf of “the Finnish government and society.”