The Latest on Finland’s parliamentary election (all times local):

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Greenpeace is calling the parliamentary vote in Finland the “climate election,” saying that “never before has climate and the limits of planet Earth been discussed with such seriousness in Finland.”

Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho, 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, 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)

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 land above the Arctic Circle and where climate policy has emerged as a key election topic.

Voter Sofia Frantsi, 27, an architect from Helsinki, told The Associated Press “for everybody, it’s about the climate. It’s kind of a climate election.”

Greens lawmaker Emma Kari told the AP that “it’s clear a vast majority of Finns is hoping the new parliament takes climate action.”

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)

Voters were choosing between 2,500 candidates from 19 political parties and movements for the Eduskunta legislature’s 200 seats.

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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)

Voters in Finland are casting ballots in a parliamentary election after fierce debates over how best to tackle climate change dominated the campaign, even overshadowing topics like reforming the nation’s generous welfare model.

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.

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)

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 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)
The chairman of the Finns Party and parliamentary candidate Jussi Halla-aho talks with media on his way to cast his vote in the parliamentary elections, in Helsinki, in Helsinki, Finland Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via AP)
The chairman of the Finns Party and parliamentary candidate Jussi Halla-aho talks with media on his way to cast his vote in the parliamentary elections, in Helsinki, in Helsinki, Finland Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via AP)
 A man casts his vote in the parliamentary elections in Helsinki Finland on Sunday April 14, 2019. 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.(Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via AP)
A man casts his vote in the parliamentary elections in Helsinki Finland on Sunday April 14, 2019. 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.(Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via AP)
A woman walk to cast her vote in the parliamentary elections in Helsinki Finland on Sunday April 14, 2019. (Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via AP)
A woman walk to cast her vote in the parliamentary elections in Helsinki Finland on Sunday April 14, 2019. (Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via AP)