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Finland - 2015 Parliamentary Election

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93.8% of votes counted
Finnish parliamentary election took place on 19 April 2015. In the run-up to the 2015 election, the government of Prime Minister Alexander Stubb of the moderate conservative National Coalition Party consists of two large parties (the National Coalition and the Social Democrats) and two small parties (the Swedish Peoples Party and the Christian Democrats). These four parties possess an exceptionally narrow majority: 102 members of the 200-member Parliament. It was clear that cooperation between the National Coalition and the Social Democrats cannot continue in the new government.

Campaigning for the election was dominated by economic issues such as unemployment, benefit cuts and the rising national debt, with to pull the eurozone country out of a three-year economic slump. Finland had seen its two economic mainstays - the forestry sector and the technology industry - shrink dramatically, while unemployment stood at 9.2 percent - the highest level since 2003. The decline of one-time cellpone giant Nokia was a major factor in Finland's economic woes, along with reduced trade with its neighbor, Russia, which was struggling under sanctions imposed by the European Union and the USA over the Ukraine crisis.

The results showed the Centre Party with 23.2 percent of the vote, up 7.4 points compared with the elections in 2011. The Center Party was reportedly aiming to take 46 seats in the country's parliament, while Stubb's National Coalition Party was expected to secure 37 seats. Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb conceded defeat after preliminary results showed the opposition Centre Party well in the lead. If the victory of the Centre Party is confirmed, its leader, 53-year-old IT millionaire Juha Sipila, would likely replace the conservative Stubb, who had headed a four-party left-right coalition since June 2014.

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