The Rise of the True Finns
Results of the 2019 Finnish Parliament Elections
The tightest voting election was witnessed this week sunday 14th of April. The subjects focused on climate change, immigration, and the reform of health and social care. The Social Democrats party (SDP) leading the True Finns (PS) with one seat less. The National Coalition Party (KOK) is in third place with 38 seats. The Centre lost a lot of seats in this election. In 2015, they were the most popular party with 49 seats and a support of 21,1 % of the votes. This year, their support dropped to 13,8% votes with only 31 seats. The Green Parliamentary Group rose with 5 seats more and gained a strong vote in the Helsinki Metropolitan district. The Left Alliance Parliamentary Group also increased their number of seats in the Parliament led by Li Andersson. The Christian Democratic Parliamentary Group (KD) and the Swedish Parliamentary Group (RKP) kept the same amount of seats as the previous election.
Back in 2017, the True Finns is divided into two parties, with 20 of its congressmen establishing a new party called Blue Reform Parliamentary Group (Sininen). Prime Minister Timo Soini, Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sport Sampo Terho, Minister of Defense Jussi Niinistö, Minister of Labor Jari Lindström and Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila all joined the new group and continued with the Sipilä Government according to Yle. The Blue Reform Parliamentary Group, led by Sampo Terho, lost all of their seats.
Even though the True Finns have experienced amid setbacks in 2015, they have become stronger and more united, with Jussi Halla-Aho leading the way of more tighter immigration policies.
However, the Social Democratic Party, led by Antti Rinne, will have a difficult task composing the new goverment. Antti Rinne have stated that the Social Democratic Party have a different set of values compared to the True Finns. Jussi Halla-Aho stated that the True Finns are able to collaborate with any party in order for them to enter the goverment even if they have to compromise their immigration policies to some extent.
Source: Yle & HS