Nordic leaders condemned violent scenes from Washington where supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol.
"Every moment now brings a new impossible from Washington: there is an incredible nightmare of democracy going on. It is encouraging that there are those who show responsibility beyond party lines," Finnish President Sauli Niinistö tweeted.
Joka hetki tuo nyt Washingtonista uutta mahdotonta: meneillään on uskomaton demokratian painajainen. Rohkaisevaa on, että vastuuntuntoisia on yli puoluerajan.— Sauli Niinistö (@niinisto) January 6, 2021
In a subsequent tweet, issued in English soon after midnight (Finnish local time), the office of the President of the Republic added that "The American democracy has long been a model for the world. Its integrity and continuation are important for us all."
President @Niinisto: ”The American democracy has long been a model for the world. Its integrity and continuation are important for us all.”— TPKanslia (@TPKanslia) January 6, 2021
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg tweeted: "Unbelievable scenes from Washington D.C. This is a totally unacceptable attack on democracy. A heavy responsibility now rests on President Trump to put a stop to this."
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Twitter: “Extremism, violence, polarization and chaos are never the way forward. Horrifying pictures from Washington. May democracy be made to work again."
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde tweeted: "Deeply concerned by developments in Washington DC. Witnessing an attack on democracy. The democratic process must be respected and order peacefully restored. US democracy is strong. President Trump has responsibility to stand up for the democratic process."