Finnish people voted for change
SOCIETY-The parliamentary election in Finland last night has led to a change of government. The new prime minister is Juha Sipilä from the Centre Party.
The Centre Party had 21.1 percent of the votes while the National Coalition Party of Prime Minister Alexander Stubb came to 18.2 percent. The third strongest force was again the right-wing populist Finns party with 17.6 percent.
In Finland, the first place in the parliamentary elections gives the right to form a government. The new prime minister would therefore be Juha Sipilä from the Centre Party. Traditionally the image of the Centre Party is linked to agricultural matters.
Sipilä is a fresh face in politics and in contrast to his Party’s image, he comes from the corporate world. The clean start in politics possibly gave him an advantage, as the last government, the coalition of six parties failed to raise Finland from the economic depression.
Green League won five more seats. The Social Democratic Party suffered the biggest loss in its history.
In the 200-seat Finnish legislature the number of females dropped by three to 83. On the other hand, the number of selected politicians under 30 rose by the same margin.
The turnout was 70%, a bit lower than during the previous elections four years ago. All together there are eight parties in Parliament at the moment.