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Trump Rhetoric Is Taking Root in the World’s Happiest Country

  • Polls show populist Finns Party surging ahead of April 14 vote
  • Prime Minister Sipila expected to be booted out of office
Pedestrians pass in front of the Uspenskin cathedral in Helsinki, Finland.

Pedestrians pass in front of the Uspenskin cathedral in Helsinki, Finland.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Donald Trump-style populism has spread to Finland, where the world’s happiest people are set to show their displeasure at immigration and the mainstream’s obsession with climate change in Sunday’s general election.

The Finns Party, a nationalist movement that has adopted slogans which echo the U.S. president’s “Make America Great Again,” has surged from sixth to second place in the polls.