Politics

Finland’s New Government

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Who’s in it?

Social Democratic Party leader Antti Rinne will form a coalition government with the currently ruling Centre Party, Green League, Left Alliance and Swedish People’s Party. Due to the Centre Party’s devastating defeat, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has announced he will continue as party chairman until September at the latest.


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What does it mean?

The Centre Party, which had been the largest party following the 2015 elections lost 18 seats as it recorded its lowest vote share since 1917 and dropped to fourth place, with the Social Democratic Party seeing the biggest gains, winning an additional six seats and narrowly becoming the largest party for the first time since 1999. The Green League and the Left Alliance also gained five and four seats respectively.

The Finns Party and the National Coalition Party also gained one seat each, with the Finns Party recovering the seats it had lost in the previous parliament.


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