Finland/Social Democratic Party

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Founded in 1899, the SDP (Finnish: Suomen sosialidemokraattinen puolue; Swedish: Finlands socialdemokratiska parti)is Finland's oldest active political party. The SDP has a close relationship with SAK, the largest trade union confederation. It is also a member of the Progressive Alliance, the Socialist International, the Party of European Socialists and SAMAK.

The party is currently the largest party in Finland.

Finnish Brotherhood of Arms

The Finnish Brotherhood of Arms'' (Finnish: Suomen aseveljien liitto) was an organization, founded in August 1940 in Helsinki on the initiative of a number of younger Social Democrats and coalition parties, who quickly gained support within the top military leadership.

The right-wing political profile of the already existing veteran organization, Freedom War Frontmen's Association, was not acceptable to the men who founded the Brotherhood of Arms. The organization provided support to and assisted brothers-in-arms from WW2 in distress, relatives, war invalids and displaced populations. By the end of 1944, the union had 710 member associations with a total of about 240,000 members and had then voluntarily acquired over 4,600 frontmen land and arranged vocational training for about 2,000 war widows.

From the beginning, the Brotherhood of Arms also had a fairly clear political purpose, namely to oppose communism, which led to the organization being dissolved in January 1945 in accordance with the ceasefire agreement with the Soviet Union of the autumn of 1944. The union was chairman General Paavo Talvela and among other officials were Arvi Poijärvi, Väinö Leskinen and Penna Tervo, of whom the latter two after the war became prominent Social Democratic politicians ('the Brothers-in-arms Socialists').

Jorma Tuominen, the Secretary of the SAK, was elected Deputy Chairman of the Committee, and L. Arvi P. Poijärvi, a school councilor familiar with the ideological issues of the arms trade, was elected the second Deputy Chairman . When Poijärvi was elected Secretary General of the Association, Professor NA Osara was elected to the Presidium .

Own Intelligence Service

A kind of inner circle within the Brotherhood of Weapons was the secret, Social Democratic-dominated propaganda and intelligence organization Suomen aseveljien työjärjestö (SAT, in autumn 1941 renamed VIA, Vapaus, Isänmaa, Aseveljeys). SAT-VIA was a third Finnish intelligence body, in addition to the state police and the Military Headquearters' surveillance department. ). In late 1941, the organization moved directly to the State Information Service under the auspices of the Information Section.[1]