Of course, it's a little easier to offer up your home when you have another one to go to. Sipila, a millionaire who has founded and led telecommunications and bioenergy companies, now spends most of his time in Helsinki after being elected as prime minister earlier this year on a campaign to help revive the country's economy, which has been in a recession. (He's also adapted his car to run on wood gas.)
"I ask everybody to stop all hate speech and concentrate on taking care of people that are fleeing from war zone, so that they feel safe and welcome here in Finland," Sipila said in a television interview. He also said the asylum seekers deserve "a human treatment and genuine welcome greeting from us Finns."
The Finnish government has said it will greatly expand the number of migrants it takes in, from 3,600 last year to as many as 30,000 this year. And yet the population in Finland is reportedly less supportive of accepting migrants than the population in Sweden has been—that country has taken in more refugees per capita than any other European country.