Friday, Jul. 29, 2011


On the Ballot

Party: True Finns
Leader: Timo Soini
Key issues: E.U. and euro bail-outs, immigration
Seats in Parliament: 39/200

The True Finns emerged from obscurity to capture 19% of the votes in the April 2011 election, finishing just behind the conservative National Coalition Party and the Social Democrats. When the two top parties came to form the current six-party coalition government, the True Finns were excluded.

On the Fringe

National Socialist Workers' Party
Founded in the run-up to the April 2011 election, the anti-immigration, neo-Nazi group — which claims a few dozen activist members — made a failed attempt to formally register as a party.