Finns are voting in a parliamentary election in which reforming the nation’s generous welfare model and tackling climate change have emerged as key issues.

Sunday’s vote in the European Union member of 5.5 million people is taking place in a Nordic country that has one-third of its territory above the Arctic Circle.

The center-left Social Democratic Party tops a recent poll with 19% support. The populist Finns Party, however, is polling in second place with 16% support and has been gathering momentum among voters who find the climate change sacrifices proposed by other political parties too daunting.

Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho, front right, campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Tuusula, Finland, Saturday, April 13, 2019, a day ahead of the elections. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho, front right, campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Tuusula, Finland, Saturday, April 13, 2019, a day ahead of the elections. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

Some 36% of eligible voters have already cast their ballot in advance, choosing between 2,500 candidates from 19 political parties and movements for the Eduskunta legislature’s 200 seats.

Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Tuusula, Finland, Saturday, April 13, 2019, a day ahead of the elections. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Tuusula, Finland, Saturday, April 13, 2019, a day ahead of the elections. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho, center, campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Tuusula, Finland, Saturday, April 13, 2019, a day ahead of the elections. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho, center, campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Tuusula, Finland, Saturday, April 13, 2019, a day ahead of the elections. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
The chairman of the National Coalition Party and parliamentary candidate Petteri Orpo, left, with Vice President of European Investment Bank Alexander Stubb campaign for parliamentary elections in Helsinki, Finland, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Seppo Samuli/Lehtikuva via AP)
The chairman of the National Coalition Party and parliamentary candidate Petteri Orpo, left, with Vice President of European Investment Bank Alexander Stubb campaign for parliamentary elections in Helsinki, Finland, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Seppo Samuli/Lehtikuva via AP)
The chairman of the National Coaltion Party and parliamentary candidate Petteri Orpo, center, with Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness of European Commission Jyrki Katainen, left, and Vice President of European Investment Bank Alexander Stubb, right, campaign for parliamentary elections in Helsinki, Finland, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Seppo Samuli/Lehtikuva via AP)
The chairman of the National Coaltion Party and parliamentary candidate Petteri Orpo, center, with Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness of European Commission Jyrki Katainen, left, and Vice President of European Investment Bank Alexander Stubb, right, campaign for parliamentary elections in Helsinki, Finland, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Seppo Samuli/Lehtikuva via AP)
Chairman of the Centre Party and current Prime Minister Juha Sipila signs autographs as he campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Oulu, northern Finland, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Timo Heikkala/Lehtikuva via AP)
Chairman of the Centre Party and current Prime Minister Juha Sipila signs autographs as he campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Oulu, northern Finland, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Timo Heikkala/Lehtikuva via AP)
Chairman of the Finnish Social Democratic Party Antti Rinne campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Espoo, Finland, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
Chairman of the Finnish Social Democratic Party Antti Rinne campaigns for the Finnish parliamentary elections in Espoo, Finland, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)