A Finnish bar has removed New Zealand beers from its shelves as the backlash continues over comments made by Minister Gerry Brownlee last week.

Eikan Pub, in the town of Jarvenpaa near Helsinki, has removed more than 50 bottles of two Kiwi beers, including Steinlager Pure, from its selection of foreign beers on offer.

Publican Eino Lehtinen told Helsingin Sanomat the action was a protest against Mr Brownlee's "grossly insulting" comments.

Comparing Finland to New Zealand, Mr Brownlee told the Parliament it had "worse unemployment than us ...can hardly feed the people who live there, has a terrible homicide rate, hardly educates its people, and has no respect for women".


Mr Lehtinen was aware Mr Brownlee had apologised for offence caused by his speech, but was not going to immediately change his mind.

The patriotic Finn made the announcement on the pub's Facebook page on Tuesday, which was then "liked" by 20 of the bar's patrons.

Mr Brownlee's comments have also fuelled Facebook groups denouncing the comments, as well as a response from Finnish television comedian Tuomas Enbuske.