Finland: Helsinki reacts to tight election results

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Helsinki residents reacted on Monday to the tight results of the Finnish general elections, where the top three parties all received less than 20 percent of the vote.

For the first time in 20 years the front runners are the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SDP), who came out on top with 17.7 per cent of the vote, securing 40 seats in the 200-seat parliament.

The SDP narrowly beat the nationalist Finns Party, who received 17.5 per cent of the votes and 39 seats. The Centre Party of incumbent Prime Minister Juha Sipila got only 13.8 per cent of votes, while his coalition partners in the National Coalition Party came in third, with 38 seats.

Following the tight result, Finns had mixed feelings, “I would say I’m a bit confused because the Social Democrats didn’t get the results I was expecting,” said Jyrki, adding that, “the Perussuomalaiset [Finns Party], the populists, I think their performance, that was a surprise.”

Another local expressed his concern over the formation of the future government saying that “It’s going to be really difficult because instead of one big party or one big majority block, we have four to five middle-sized parties each under 20 percent, so I think it’s going to be difficult.”

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