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A government change to be expected in Finland

(B2) The hypothesis of a coalition between the social democrats and the conservatives, with the Greens as a supporting force, could hold water after the general elections held this Sunday (April 14) in Finland

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These elections must be observed carefully, not only because they are being held in the run-up to the European elections, and allow us to have a full-scale idea of ​​developments in the electorate, but also because Finland will have the presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2019. At a decisive moment for the European Union: institutional renewal, possible Brexit, etc.

The social democratic party (SDP / S&D) just came out on top in the elections with 17,7% (40 seats), just ahead of the True Finns of Jussi Halla-aho with 17.5% (39 seats), who asserted themselves as the second force in the country, and the national coalition party KOK (PPE), led by Petteri Orpo, at 17% (38 seats).

The center party (KESK) of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (ALDE) suffered a cruel defeat at 13.8% (31 seats), but maintained an honest score. While the Green League (VIHR) at 11.5% (20 seats) and the left (VAS) at 8.2% (16 seats) are progressing slightly.

The Swedish People's Party of Finland SFP, representing the Swedish-speaking minority (ALDE), and the Christian Democrats KD (EPP) obtain respectively 4,5% (9 seats) and 3,9% (5 seats).

The Blue Reform party (dissident of the True Finns) of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timo Soini, only reached 1% and faded from the parliamentary scene.

Turnout was 72%, up two points from the last general election in 2015, as reported by the Finnish TV channel Yle.

(NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).