Taste of its own medicine? Austerity overshadows Finland vote

April 12, 2015 2:22 PM

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Taste of its own medicine? Austerity overshadows Finland vote

KOTKA, Finland (Reuters) - When Finland's opposition leader and likely new prime minister Juha Sipila warned Finland could be the next Greece, it was an election campaign quip with a serious side - signaling the risks for a country facing a perfect storm of economic woes.

Two hours drive Sipila's office in bustling Helsinki, the town of Kotka shows signs of what he means. Around one in five people is unemployed, a rate not far off Greece. Hit by the closure of paper mills left behind by the digital age, it is light years from Finland's tech-savvy image.

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