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New Left Review I/57, September-October 1969


Pertti Hynynen

The Popular Front in Finland

Since March 1966, Finland has been governed by a Popular Front coalition which includes the agrarian Centre Party, the Social-Democratic Party, and the Communist Party. The Finnish Popular Front is so far a unique phenomenon in Europe: it is the first time for 20 years that a Communist Party has held Ministerial positions in a Western government. The great historical importance of this experience is evident. For the present aim of the two great Communist Parties of the Western European mainland, the French and Italian parties, is to achieve what already exists in Finland today. The origins, evolution and outcome of the Finnish Popular Front thus have a significance that far surpasses the borders of Finland.

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