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Debt Anxiety Is Inflaming Finland’s Close-Run Election Battle

  • Parties are neck-and-neck in polls before vote on Sunday
  • Swelling debt burden has become key point of antagonism
Election posters along a road in Espoo, Finland, on March 29.

Election posters along a road in Espoo, Finland, on March 29.

Photographer: Heikki Saukkomaa/AFP/Getty Images

Some of Europe’s foremost worriers about debt will determine the setup of the next Finnish government this weekend in a close-run election focused on public finances. 

Finland boasts one of the world’s highest credit ratings, and an overall burden comparable to Germany’s, but the extent of the Nordic country’s borrowing in recent years has become a key battleground for voters who fret more about fiscal matters than their European peers.