Finnish voters are going to the polls in a general election that could have a direct effect on Portugal’s request for an economic bailout from the EU.
Pre-election opinion polls predict that support for the right wing True Finns party has rocketed to more than 15 per cent from 4 per cent.
That would put them in a prime position for a place in a coalition government.
Led by Timo Soini it is anti-immigration and anti-European Union. And Finland, unlike others in the euro zone, can put requests for financial help to a parliamentary vote.
The Social Democrats share the True Finns’ opposition to aid for Portugal. But analysts said the chances of a new government disrupting Portugal’s request for aid are slim.
Nevertheless a shift towards euro-scepticism in Finland could see the government in Helsinki taking a harder line on other EU affairs.
The polls show the National Coalition Party and the Centre party remain the two most popular.