Finlandization is a political course by a smaller nation, which takes into account the foreign policy interests of a bigger neighbor, while retaining its own internal regime and values. The original term comes is related to Finland, when it chose to be a neutral buffer state during the Cold War. Although Finland was generally considered as part of the Western world due to its democratic governance and market economy, it did not join NATO and accepted to some extent the Soviet influence in its domestic and foreign policy. 

After the Second World War, Finland`s external policy based on the Paasikivi doctrine maintained good relations with the USSR. In domestic affairs, the Finnish authorities would sometimes accept censorship that avoided any criticism of the Communist neighbor. 

The concept of Finlandization re-emerged in international political agenda after 2014. Due to the Western-Russian confrontation over Ukraine, some experts called to Finlandize the country.