- According to the preliminary official final result, the Finnish Social Democrats won the early parliamentary elections.
- The SDP is just ahead of the right-wing populist party The Finns, behind which lies the conservative National Collection Party.
- The country is now facing a difficult formation of a government.
The Social Democrats have won the early parliamentary elections in Finland, according to the preliminary official result. The party led by chairman Antti Rinne comes to 17.7 percent. The right-wing populist party The Finns ranked second with 17.5 percent, followed by the conservative National Collection Party with 17 percent in third place. The Liberal Center Party of former Prime Minister Juha Sipilä got 13.8 percent of the vote. The Greens stand at 11.5 percent and can thus, like the Social Democrats with gains in comparison to the last parliamentary elections in 2015 expected.
The forecast published by the public broadcaster Yle after the closure of the polling stations initially includes the majority of the prematurely casted votes. More than 36 percent of the nearly 4.5 million eligible Finns and thus more than ever before had voted prematurely.
The fact that several parties in the double-digit range, but below 20 percent romp, had emerged in surveys. If these values remain, the Scandinavian country faces difficult government negotiations.
The leader of the right-wing populist party The Finns was surprised by their good performance. "I've never expected such a result. Honestly, none of us expected that result," said Jussi Halla-aho.
The performance of the Finnish right-wing populists is also important in view of the European elections on 26 May: The Finnish party is one of the parties that want to form a new alliance of right-wing populists in the European Parliament, in addition to the German AfD and the Italian Lega.