True Finns are big winners in general election
The anti-European bailout and nationalist party the True Finns (PS) were the major winners in the general election which took place yesterday (Sunday 17th April 2011). In total the True Finns won an extra 34 seats to take their tally to 39 seats in the 200 seat parliament.
The National Coalition (IOC) were the largest party with 44 seats and 20.4% of the vote, down six seats on their 2007 vote. The Social Democrats (SDP) came second with 42 seats and 19.1% of the vote, down three seats on 2007 with the True Finns coming third.
The Centre Party (Centre), the largest party in the previous parliament were the big losers, being knocked in to fourth place behind the True Finns, with 35 seats and 15.8% of the vote, down 16 seats on 2007.
The other parties with seats in the parliament include the Left Alliance (SAA) with 14 seats, down three; the Greens with 10 seats, down five; the Swedish People’s Party (RKP) with nine seats as before; the Christian Democrats (KD) with six seats, down one and one other.
The National Coalition will start to form its coalition immediately, with the main question mark being whether they will invite the True Finns into the coalition.