Monday, March 13, 2006

Shouldn’t principles be standard?

So, Finland announced the number of traffic violations the foreign diplomatic agencies had received, but had not paid. And due to the diplomatic immunity, these fines cannot be forced to payment. So, I assume, a solution was found, in publicly announcing these numbers, causing humiliation and shame in the diplomatic circles, resulting in payment.

In those, Turkey ranked fifth, with 30 unpaid fines.

And this made it to the public papers.

The downside is: the diplomatic institution of the same country, imposing honesty and rule abidance to its visitors, Finland, has received 546 fines in Turkey, of which 45% are parking violations, and only 8% have been paid.

The unpaid number is higher than 500… You do the math.

For me, this is not a big thing, but it also shows that principles are bendable.


  1. That's funny. Finnish honesty my ass. That would definitely be a good story for Iltalehti or -Sanomat if they'd bother.

  2. AnonymousJuly 18, 2007

    To my knowledge, finnish diplomats always pay the parking fines and everything else. Where did you find such information??
    Did you check it from the foreign ministry. I really do not believe this.
    Anyway, principles should be standard.