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APN podcast: Parliamentary election special

We dive into the big issues as Finland heads to the polls on Sunday 2 April.

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This week Yle News' All Points North podcast airs a pre-recorded panel discussion dissecting the major themes ahead of Sunday's vote.

APN is joined by politics professor Teivo Teivainen, populism expert Emilia Palonen, Bloomberg bureau chief Kati Pohjanpalo and author Joel Willans from the Very Finnish Problems franchise.

You can listen to the full podcast using the embedded player here, via Yle Areena, Spotify or on your usual podcast player using the RSS feed.

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Topics range from the future of the Finnish welfare state to climate concerns as well as immigration, which has risen to the fore in this election cycle, as noted by Willans.

"The idea that I'm somehow a burden upon society, despite the fact that I've never, ever taken any benefits. In fact, I've been a huge taxpayer, had children. I've done all these things, but nonetheless I'm collectively lumped as someone who's not contributing to Finnish society is offensive."

The issue of how Finland will stretch funds to bankroll public services has also emerged as a theme.

"Finland is looking at fairly sluggish growth rates to begin with as a result of its aging population. The potential growth rate is about one percent a year, so that is not going to be enough to pay for the welfare state as it is currently," explained Pohjanpalo.

This episode was televised and can be streamed on Yle Areena.

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This week's show was presented by Ronan Browne and Zena Iovino. The sound engineer was Laura Koso.

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