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Finnish Elections this Weekend

April 15, 2011

Finns will take to the polls this Sunday to vote in the parliamentary elections. Breaking from the trend of traditionally mundane elections, this weekend looks to be truly exciting. This is due largely to the rise of the True Finn political party, a Euro-skeptic, anti-immigration and nationalistic party that received only five seats in the parliament during the 2007 elections. The most current polls are anticipating the True Finns will earn between 14-16% of the vote on Saturday, creating a new dynamic in the Finnish Parliament and government building.

According to the latest polls by YLE, the Finnish Broadcast Company, the current leader is the National Coalition Party with twenty-one percent support followed by the Center and the SDP both with a share of around eighteen percent. News sources have not yet begun to speculate what the possible government coalition may be, but it is believed that this process will begin to be negotiated as soon as the polls close on Sunday.

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