Swedish People’s Party
Published 31st March, 2011
The Swedish People’s Party or SFP was founded in 1906 to represent the political and social interests of the ethnic Swedish population in Finland which is about 5.5% of the population.
Despite being a minor party they have been a frequent member of a series of coalition governments since 1906 including both centre left and centre right coalitions.
The SFP had their best results in 1910 and 1911 when they took 26 of the 200 seats in the parliament. They maintained this sort of representation in the 1920s and 1930s but saw a sharp decline in the 1940s.
By 1951 they were down to 14 seats and have continued to decline since then. In 1999 the SFP took 5.12% of the vote and 11 seats, in 2003 this dipped to 4.61% and 8 seats and in 2009 they took 9 seats and 4.57% of the vote.
The SFP are members of Liberal International and the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party.