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Overshadowed by recession, Finnish voters expected to oust conservative-led coalition

  • Chairman Timo Soini of the Finns Party and his wife Tiina  cast their votes in Espoo, Finland Sunday, April 19, 2015. Finns went to the polls in parliamentary elections on Sunday. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT, NO SALES

    Chairman Timo Soini of the Finns Party and his wife Tiina cast their votes in Espoo, Finland Sunday, April 19, 2015. Finns went to the polls in parliamentary elections on Sunday. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT, NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Chairman Juha Sipila of the Centre Party campaigns in Espoo, Finland, Saturday, April 18, 2015, ahead of the parliamentary elections on Sunday. Sunday’s election comes against the backdrop of a three-year recession in a country that, typically, enjoys praise as one of the world’s most competitive economies. Prime Minister Alexander Stubb is on the defensive as unemployment reaches a decade high of 10 percent and derelict storefronts become an increasingly common sight. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)  FINLAND OUT

    Chairman Juha Sipila of the Centre Party campaigns in Espoo, Finland, Saturday, April 18, 2015, ahead of the parliamentary elections on Sunday. Sunday’s election comes against the backdrop of a three-year recession in a country that, typically, enjoys praise as one of the world’s most competitive economies. Prime Minister Alexander Stubb is on the defensive as unemployment reaches a decade high of 10 percent and derelict storefronts become an increasingly common sight. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Chairman Juha Sipila of the Centre Party campaigns in Espoo, Finland, Saturday, April 18, 2015, ahead of the parliamentary elections on Sunday. Sunday’s election comes against the backdrop of a three-year recession in a country that, typically, enjoys praise as one of the world’s most competitive economies. Prime Minister Alexander Stubb is on the defensive as unemployment reaches a decade high of 10 percent and derelict storefronts become an increasingly common sight. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)  FINLAND OUT

    Chairman Juha Sipila of the Centre Party campaigns in Espoo, Finland, Saturday, April 18, 2015, ahead of the parliamentary elections on Sunday. Sunday’s election comes against the backdrop of a three-year recession in a country that, typically, enjoys praise as one of the world’s most competitive economies. Prime Minister Alexander Stubb is on the defensive as unemployment reaches a decade high of 10 percent and derelict storefronts become an increasingly common sight. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

Finns are voting in parliamentary elections that will determine which coalition of parties can lead the country out of a three-year recession.

Conservative Prime Minister Alexander Stubb acknowledges economic reforms should have been made earlier by the government during its four-year term. Campaigning for Sunday's election was dominated by arguments over unemployment, benefit cuts and the rising national debt.

Recent opinion polls give the lead to the opposition Center Party led by Juha Sipila, a self-effacing millionaire businessman who turned to politics only four years ago.

The two main government partners, Stubb's conservative Nation Coalition Party and the Social Democrats, are both vying for second place alongside the populist Finns Party, which opposes European bailouts and immigration.