Finnish parliamentary election, 14 April 2019

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Reports and analyses relating to the legislative elections held in Finland on 14 April 2019.

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In Finland, the Members of Parliament are usually elected every four years. In the parliamentary election, the country is divided into electoral districts. A certain number of Members of Parliament are selected from each district. The number depends on the population of the electoral district. A total number of 200 Members of Parliament are elected. A functioning government is required a parliamentary majority of at least 101 seats.

In March 2019, the coalition government led by Centre's Party Juha Sipila - and also include the National Coalition Party (NCP) and the Blue Reform Party - resigned after it failed to agree on major social and health reform. The cabinet remained in place in a caretaker capacity until the election in April. During the electoral campaign, leaders from some of the main political parties rejected the possibility to join a coalition which would include the Finns Party.

On 14 April, the opposition Social Democrats (SDP) claimed a narrow win (17,7%) over the Eurosceptic Finns Party (17,5%). The co-ruling Centre Party scored 13,8%, while the National Coalition stood at 17,0%. This was the first time in a century that no party won more than 20% in a general election. Antti Rinne, leader of the biggest party in parliament, SDP, would be given the first shot at forming a government.

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Commentary and Analysis
Robert Schuman Foundation, 26/03/2019: Towards victory for the Social Democrats in Finland?
Wikipedia: 2019 Finnish parliamentary election
IFES Election Guide: Finnish Election for Parliament, 14 April 2019
Helsinki Times, 13/04/2019: Trumpism comes to Finland, exporting happiness, and Kardashians in Lapland – Finland in the World Press
Euronews: Finland election 2019: all you need to know about the landmark vote
Euro|topics, April 2019: Who will govern Finland?

BBC News, 08/03/2019: Finland's government resigns over failed healthcare reform
Politico, 10/03/2019: Finland’s Sipilä hopes to turn crisis into election reboot
Bloomberg, 08/04/2019: Parties and COalition Building: A Guide to the Finish Elections
Politico, 12/04/2019: Social Democrats in front as Finland heads to the polls
The New York Times, 12/04/2019: The Right’s New Rallying Cry in Finland: ‘Climate Hysteria’
YLE News, 14/04/2019: Finland election: SDP squeezes narrow lead over upstart Finns Party
Deutsche Welle, 14/04/2019: Finland election: Social Democrats, nationalist party top vote-getters
Reuters, 14/04/2019: Finnish Social Democrats and nationalist Finns Party nearly tied in election
The Guardian, 14/04/2019: Finland’s Social Democrats declare general election victory
Euronews, 14/04/2019: Finland's Social Democrats win razor-thin victory against far-right party
Politico, 15/04/2019: Finland’s Social Democrats win close election victory
EurActiv, 15/04/2019: Social Democrats clinch narrow victory in Finland’s election
BBC News, 15/04/2019: Finland election: Tough coalition talks after split poll
France24, 15/04/2019: Finland's Social Democrats win razor-thin victory against far-right party
Helsinki Times, 15/04/2019: Social Democrats emerges narrowly as largest party in Finnish Parliament
The Guardian, 15/04/2019: Finland's SDP tries to build coalition after narrow election win

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland: Parliamentary elections in Finland 2019
infofinland: Elections and voting in Finland
Finnish Ministry of Justice: Parliamentary Elections 2019 Results
OSCE: ODIHR: Finnish Parliamentary Elections, 14 April 2019

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