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QUIZ: "We Have A Lot of Blond Women in Finland"

by Countable | 8.29.17

On Monday, President Trump met with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, then held a joint news conference for reporters from both countries.

The event was supposed to center on U.S.-Finnish relations, but recent domestic matters controlled the agenda. Trump pledged his support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey ("there’s probably never been anything like this") and defended his controversial pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (“I stand by my pardon of Sheriff Joe”).

But the moment that’s winning the internet today? When Trump confused two female Finnish reporters covering the press conference.

Here’s how it went down. At one point during the Q & A, Trump nudged Finland’s president to choose a journalist for the next question, saying "go ahead, pick." Then, when Niinistö pointed to a reporter in the audience, Trump said, “Again? “You’re gonna give her—the same one?”

"No, she is not the same lady," Niinistö replied. “They are sitting side by side.”

"We have a lot of blond women in Finland," the reporter interjected before asking her question about U.S.-Russia relations.

With countless headlines about the mix-up, Countable got to wondering just how alike the two Finnish journalists - Paula Vilén and Maria Annala - looked. Would you have made the same mistake? Take this quiz and find out!

—Josh Herman

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  • operaman
    08/30/2017
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    Finland has always had blond haired women. What is the nature of this question. Is this a vail attempt to denigrate Finland because it's mainly inhabited with white skinned people. Am I being sensitive? What about those blue eyes? Is there no end? Will there be brown eyes/blue eyes racism? Is there such a thing as penis/vagina racism? How will homosexuals be affected?

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  • Vanessa
    08/30/2017
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    Finnish President could have picked anyone he wanted, ours should learn to be patient and think before he speaks....

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  • James
    08/30/2017
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    Both sets of great grandparent on my father's side came here from Norway and Denmark respectively, in the early 1870s! Not all blond hair but perhaps light brown as well. We are Christian and proud of our heritages! Ad well as proud Americans! Good skills with tools, art, building anything and cooking come naturally to us. The Upper Midwest to include the Dakota's, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin are heavily Scandinavian! Also the Michigan Upper Peninsula! We have been thought our ways and have been handed down for generations! Any one care to come against us? We will come at you! Do not start!

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  • James
    08/30/2017
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    Why is Countable not letting me read the whole thing? I click on it then kicked out?

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