Nordic far-right seeps into political mainstream

April elections in Finland could see the rise of yet another Northern European anti-immigrant, nationalist rightwing party that flatly rejects the far-right label while using populist rhetoric.

The True Finns is the latest such party to show signs of gaining mainstream traction. Opinion polls suggest its showing in the April 17 parliamentary election could leap from its 4.1 percent score in the 2007 election right up to 20 percent.

The True Finns, Sweden Democrats (SD), the Danish People’s Party (DPP) and Norway’s Progress Party (FrP) are all already represented in their respective national parliaments.

AFP, 29 March 2011