You Can't Do That in Finland

A photograph purportedly showing a billboard in Finland that condones rape is fake.

Claim: A billboard in Finland states that it is legal for refugees to rape women.


Example: [Collected via Email, January 2016]

People are posting a billboard and claiming in Finland you can be an immigrant and get away with rape. It shows three black men raping 1 white woman. Is this real?

Origin:In January 2016, several disreputable web sites such as USA Daily Politics and Jews News published a photograph purportedly showing a billboard in Finland that stated that it was legal for refugees arriving in that country to rape women:

rape billboard fake

The above-displayed image does not depict a real billboard in Finland. This fakery has been circulating since at least 2008 and was likely created back then in an attempt to tarnish Finland's Green League political party Vihreat.

The fake image is based on a real billboard that was posted by Doctors Without Borders in Liberia. The real billboard said nothing about "refugees" or Finland's Green League political party; instead, it instructed rape victims to "seek free treatment immediately" at a local clinic:

rape billboard real


The altered photo, which was changed from its original to show three dark-skinned men assaulting a blonde woman, plays to popular racist tropes about swarthy men and helpless fair-skinned women, which has been used as an excuse for violence against minorities for generations.

Last updated: 11 January 2016

Originally published: 11 January 2016

Dan Evon is a Chicago-based writer and longtime truth enthusiast. His work has appeared somewhere, and he earned a degree at the University of His Choosing. His exploration of Internet truth has been supported by grants from the Facebook Drug Task Force.