FINLAND: Swing to the Right

Riding a back-country protest against unemployment and spiraling prices, the Communists emerged from last summer's elections as Finland's biggest party, holding 50 out of 200 parliamentary seats. Last week, after nearly two months of delicate dickering, all but one of Finland's six non-Communist parties banded together to form a government that will give the Communists even less influence over Finnish affairs than they had before their triumph at the polls.

The new Cabinet—the first in more than a year to command a clear majority in Parliament—is headed by 57-year-old Socialist Karl August Fagerholm, a former barber and longtime boss of...

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