Published 31st March, 2011
The True Finns or PS were founded in 1995 upon the dissolution of the Finnish Rural party (SMP).
In the 1995 election they won 1 seat and 1.3% of the vote. In 1999 the situation didn’t change but in 2003 the True Finns won 3 seats and 1.57% of the vote. In 2007 they increased their represntation once more and took 5 seats and 2.5% of the vote.
In recent times the True Finns have cut a controversial line opposing EU membership and wanting to cut social welfare for immigrants. They have risen in the opinion polls and as of March 2011 were standing at 18.4%.