FINLAND: Peat-Bog Protest

In Finland, which fought two doughty wars to save its independence from Communist Russia, the Communists took first place last week in the vote for a new Parliament.

Main cause for this surprising turn seemed to be popular dissatisfaction over Finland's economic slide and the ruling center parties' failure to stop it. Over the past four years Cabinet after Cabinet has fumbled and drifted while inflation soared 32%. High-priced Finnish export industries lost out in vital foreign markets, and unemployment rose last winter to 6% of the labor force. In last week's election,...

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