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News, 10/5/2010

Populists surge in Finland

Photo: Tanja Mikkola/Lehtikuva
Free Finnish balloons! Timo Soini (with microphone), leader of the populist "True Finns" party, holds forth before his supporters.

A populist party called the "True Finns" has suddenly turned into a political force to reckon with in Finland. Its rise has been spectacular, but its past is littered with equally spectacular falls, writes Kyösti Karvonen, managing editor of the newspaper Kaleva.

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Updated 10/5/2010


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