Finland: Conservative Party Wins Election

By H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

April 2, 2023

HELSINKI – Finland’s main conservative party was victorious in parliamentary elections Sunday in a three-way race placing conservative populists in second place, and leaving leftist Prime Minister Sanna Marin in last place.

According to election officials the center-right National Coalition Party won 20.8% of the counted votes, a conservative populist party, The Finns or True Finns, came in second with 20.1%, while the leftist Social Democrats only won 19.9%.

Despite the major victory by the NCP, they did not win enough support to form a majority government since all three major parties failed to gain a majority of the 200 in the Finnish parliament.

Leader of the NCP, Petteri Orpo, 53, and former finance minister will most likely become the next prime minister, outing leftist PM Marin, who at 37-year-old is one of the youngest leaders in Europe.