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Social Dems Guest-Star in Finnish Election Campaign

Sven Mikser (left) and Ivari Padar (right)
Sven Mikser (left) and Ivari Padar (right) Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party Sven Mikser and MEP Ivari Padar are making an appearance in the parliamentary election campaign of the Finnish Social Democratic Party in Helsinki and Espoo on April 11.

The main aim of the support tour is to contribute to the sister party's field campaign.

"Social Democrats recently garnered a strong vote in Estonia and are clearly on the rise. Now we need the same to happen in Finland," said Mikser, adding that after the economic downturn, Europe needs to set the well-being of people as its main political objective.

According to Padar, surveys show that in Finland right-wing populist anti-European parties are gaining popularity, like in several other countries. "That is why I personally consider it important to explain to the Finnish people that Europe should not be feared. Since Estonia and Finland are the only Nordic countries in the Eurozone, we need to have strong partnership in the region," said Padar.

The campaign will culminate at the Savoy Theatre in Helsinki, where both Mikser and Padar will be giving speeches at the Social Democrats' European-themed gathering. Mikser also has a meeting scheduled with the chairman of the Finnish Social Democrats, Jutta Urpilainen.

The parliamentary elections in Finland will take place on April 17.


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