As the national broadcasting company Yle presented Finland’s parliamentary election result prognosis on Sunday evening, accompanied by a suspense-heightening soundtrack, a collective gasp of breath was drawn all over the country.

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As the national broadcasting company Yle presented Finland’s parliamentary election result prognosis on Sunday evening, accompanied by a suspense-heightening soundtrack, a collective gasp of breath was drawn all over the country.

Perussuomalaiset (the True Finns), Finland’s nationalist-populist party, had gathered 19 per cent of the votes, quadrupling its support from the previous elections in 2007. It was now almost as big as the country’s biggest party, the National Coalition Party, who garnered 20.4 per cent of the vote.

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