Caramba! The Finns’ campaign in Spain stays mainly on the costa

Red wine and discussions about "burning issues" on offer in a karaoke bar as Jussi Halla-aho courts Finns abroad.

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File picture of Jussi Halla-aho (Finns) at party's Lahti election campaign launch, January 2019 / Credit: Perussuomalaiset

Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho took his campaign tour on the road this weekend, with three events in Spain to meet potential voters.

“Caramba!” wrote MEP Halla-aho on Twitter.

Halla-aho’s first stop was at a lunch restaurant on Sunday in Fuengirola; he continued to Koppas Music Bar where red wine and discussions were promised at a venue which describes itself as “the best live music and karaoke bar in Fuengirola”.

Advert for Perus events in Spain / Credit: Jussi Halla-aho Twitter

The final stop for the right-wing politician was later in the afternoon in the nearby coastal town of Benalmádena.

It might seem strange for Euro-skeptic Halla-aho to court voters who take advantage of the freedom of movement opportunities offered thanks to Finland’s EU membership, but a local online newspaper finds support for the Finns Party in the Spanish costa.

The Fuengirola.fi website, published by CityMedia, shows in their latest poll that local support for the Finns Party was at 34% – with the National Coalition Party at 25%; Social Democrats at 11% and all the other parties with less than 10% support.

While the news website says its findings are not scientific, the regular poll can indicate some trends among local residents from Finland.