Finland: Fine Distinction

Finland owes its precarious freedom, says President Urho K. Kekkonen, to the ability "to live on fine distinctions." In foreign affairs, the tiny nation follows a policy of friendly neutrality toward its giant Soviet neighbor, but in its internal politics, Finland has steadfastly denied power to the Communists. In parliamentary elections last week, Finland again demonstrated its gift for fine distinctions: it slapped down local Communists with out overtly offending Moscow.

The elections were the latest installment of a political cliffhanger that began last fall when Moscow started making menacing noises...

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