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Social Democrats and far-right draw in Finnish elections

Despite a very narrow victory, the centre-left is expected to form a government. Migration and climate change are some of the most debated issues in the country.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus HELSINKI 15 APRIL 2019 13:35 h GMT+1
Antti Rinne, leader of the Finnish Social Democrats and winner of the 2019 election. / Facebook Antti Rinnen

Far-right nationalists have only been 7,000 votes away from becoming the most voted in the general election held in Finland on Sunday.



The Social Democratic Party led by Antti Rinne got 17.7% of the vote (40 seats of 200), and now has the task of starting negotiations with at least other two parties in a very plural political context.



Only 0.2% behind was the Finns Party, which grew to 17.5% to come second (39 seats) and pushed the Centre Party of outgoing Prime Minister Juha Sippila into the fourth position with a disappointing 13.8%. “We are the biggest losers”, the incumbent head of government admitted.



Greens and Leftists also had significant gains.



It is the first time in a century that Finland no party wins 20% of the vote or more.



The welfare state, the future of pensions (21% of citizens are aged 65 or more), climate change, and immigration where some of the key talking points in the last months.



Finland has a population of 5.5 million people. The country will take the European Union presidency in July.


 

 


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