FINLAND MASSIVE SWING TO THE ANTI-MIGRANT RIGHT
December 3, 2019 by Mike Walsh
Finland’s anti-migrant nationalist party formerly known as the True Finns have reclaimed the people’s trust.
The Finns Party has enjoyed a massive leap in popularity and has established themselves as the nation’s most popular party, the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported. In a recent survey carried out by pollster Kantar TNS on behalf of the newspaper, the Finns garnered the support of 22.4 percent of the population. By contrast, the liberal-leftist Social Democrats, after questionably and narrowly winning a contested election in April and despite forming a coalition government with other leftists groups dropped to third place at 15.2 percent, trailing the centre-right National Coalition Party at 17.3 percent. A November poll by national broadcaster yielded a similar picture, with the Finns Party at the top with 23 percent and the Social Democrats sliding down to the fourth place, losing even to the grotesque Greens at 14.2 percent. Both measurements indicate that the Finns Party enjoy wide support throughout the country, virtually among all population groups and all ages.
Bizarrely, the only difference is that men tend to support the party more than women. This phenomenon is familiar from Finland’s neighbour country Sweden, where the nationalist Sweden Democrats would have won the 2018 election hands down, had only men voted. The Eurosceptic, anti-immigration Finns suffered a bitter schism in 2017. Half of the party, including its founder and perennial leader Timo Soini, left to form the Blue Reform party, which flopped bitterly in the 2019 election. The Finns Party, by contrast, has emerged as Finland’s largest opposition party after sensationally finishing second with 17.5 percent of the vote. The Finns Party have only one seat fewer than Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s Social Democratic Party. In Finnish and Swedish, the Finns Party are still known as the True Finns. Led by Jussi Halla-aho, the party remains firmly opposed to immigration and globalisation.