Voting begins in Finnish election tipped to change government
Finland may be on the verge of its first leftist prime minister in two decades, as voting began in the country's parliamentary elections on Sunday (April 14).
If polls are correct, the left-leaning Social Democrats could win the top spot with 19 percent of the vote, giving their leader, Antti Rinne, the first shot at forming a government.
Finnish voters are worried about the future of a generous welfare system as the cost of caring for a rapidly aging population rises.
But the polls also suggest the Social Democrats could face difficulties in governing due to a surge in support for the nationalist Finns Party, which is riding a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment sweeping the Nordics.
The Finns are running a close second with 16.3 percent support, according to a survey commissioned by public broadcaster Yle.