Latest Finnish presidential election Stories

2006-01-29 07:15:44

By Rex Merrifield HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's first woman president faced a tight race with her conservative challenger as voters cast ballots on Sunday in an election run-off. Opinion polls had given left-leaning President Tarja Halonen, who is seeking a second and final six-year term, a slim lead despite a swell of support for her opponent, moderate rightist Sauli Niinisto. The incumbent, backed by the Social Democratic Party and leftist and labor groups, has campaigned as "the...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'