Finnish Politician Campaigns In KlingonBy Michelle
March 15, 2007 - 9:01 PM
A Finnish Green Party candidate has made his web site available for readers of Klingon, despite translation difficulties because he was unable to find a Klingon word for "green."
MP Jyrki Kasvi, who describes himself as a passionate Star Trek fan, told Reuters that a Klingon version of his web site is part of his re-election campaign (via Yahoo). "Some have thought it is blasphemy to mix politics and Klingon," he said, but "Others say it is good if politicians can laugh at themselves."
The 43-year-old Kasvi represents the Greens from the constituency Uusimaa. A research scientist with a Ph.D. in engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology, Kasvi was elected to the Finnish Parliament in 2003.
"I am a hopeless romantic," Kasvi wrote on his English language web site. "I want to make the world a better place, to question the obvious, to bring new thoughts into political debate...my particular areas of interest include information society, quality of work life, university policies, entrepreneurship and equality and tolerance."
The much shorter Klingon version of the site is here and has a photo of the candidate standing on what appears to be a starship bridge. One reason for the site's brevity is that Klingons do not have simple phrases for tolerance and other Green ideals.
National elections in Finland will be held on March 18th.