The results of Finland’s parliamentary elections were announced late in the evening of Sunday 17th April. The True Finns party enjoyed resounding success taking a total of 39 parliamentary seats of which no fewer than 34 were new gains. The party with the largest number of seats was the National Coalition with 44 seats.
The Social Democrats were the second largest party with 42 seats. The party which lost most seats was the Centre party who lost 16 seats and retained 35. The Left Alliance won 14, the Greens 10, the Swedish People’s party 9 and the Christian Democrats 6.
The overall election ‘king’ was the Chairman of the True Finns, Timo Soini who won 43,212 votes. Alexander Stubbs of the National Coalition was not far behind with 41,766 votes.
The voting turnout rose slightly to 70.4 percent over the previous elections. The advance voting facility was widely used and just under 1.3 million voters chose that option.
The elections saw 200 members of parliament selected from a total of 2,315 candidates. Of those elected, 84 will be new members of parliament, which is 12 more than last time. A total of 86 female members of parliament were elected which is more than ever before.
The first task for the new members of parliament will be to begin negotiations to form a new government.
(Change in brackets)
National Coalition Party 44 seats (-6)
Social Democratic Party 42 (-3)
True Finns 39 (+34)
Centre Party 35 (-16)
Left Alliance 14 (-3)
Greens 10 (-5)
Swedish People's Party 9 (0)
Christian Democrats 6 (-1)
Massive gains for True Finns in parliamentary elections
LEHTIKUVA/ MARTTI KAINULAINEN