FINLAND: The Wary Neighbor

The Finns, who defended their independence through two gallant, losing wars with Russia, have also found it hard to stand up against their giant neighbor in time of peace. Last year their President Urho Kekkonen shocked many Finns by letting the Russians veto the composition of a Finnish Cabinet. Following an election in which the Communists captured 50 of 200 parliamentary seats and emerged as the strongest single party, the republic's anti-Communist forces banded together to form a five-party coalition government. Flouting its postwar treaty pledge of "noninterference in other states'...

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