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general elections

Finns ready to go to the polls

Published torsdag 14 april 2011 kl 16.20
"They would call themselves a populist party"
(4:41 min)
Timo Soini, leader of the "True Finns" party. Photo: Dan Hansson/Scanpix.

Sweden went to the polls last year, with the anti-immigrant party the Sweden Democrats making a breakthrough and getting into parliament for the first time. Sweden's neighbour Finland goes to the polls on Sunday, and there a populist party that only got four percent last time round is now close to twenty percent support in recent opinion polls.

There is also large Swedish interest in the election as over one hundred thousand Finns live in this country and have been eligible to vote. Radio Sweden spoke to Erik Regnström from our sister channel Sisuradio here at Swedish Radio, which broadcasts to the Finnish speaking minority here.

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