Finnish voters are going to the polls, amid hopes that a new government will pull the country out of its three-year economic slump.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and his conservative National Coalition Party face a strong challenge from former businessman Juha Sipila and his centre-right Centre Party.
Mr Sipila has pledged create more than 200,000 jobs in the next 10 years.
Finland’s economy has been the main issue during the election campaign.
A year of stagnation in 2014 was preceded by two years of recession and unemployment now stands at 9.2%.
The governing coalition has struggled to push through reforms, leading to a reduction in support for Mr Stubb ahead of polling day.
A poll published on Thursday by public broadcaster YLE put support for the National Coalition at 16.9%, behind the Centre Party at 24%.
Mr Sipila, an IT millionaire, was relatively unknown in Finland until he became leader of the Centre Party three years ago.
He has publicly criticised Mr Stubb’s plans to cut 6bn euros (£4.3bn) from budget deficits over the coming four years, dismissing the proposal as unrealistic.
It is unclear clear who Mr Sipila will choose to form a coalition with, if he is elected prime minister.
Polls put the Social Democrats at 15.1% and the eurosceptic right-wing Finns Party at 16.7%.