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There'd be a whole lot of Finland I haven't seen myself...


The other day ended first trial ever to be live streamed online in Finland.
Leader of youth organization of True Finns party was fined 300€ for his blog writings that "agitated against ethnic group and violated religious freedom".
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Now we've reached the point that last year, first time since 1940, more people died than were born.

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Antti Rinne was re-elected as head of Social Democratic Party. Although SDP is currently the main opposition, there's a realistic possibility he will become prime minister 2019. For this reason the choosing has gotten much attention, but he din't have strong challengers, despite the party having done somewhat badly under him (except in current polls right now).

Rinne, a former union leader, is a gray and dull figure and that's the general image of the whole party. SDP has kind of been slipping downhill last couple decades and that's worrying as the party effectively is political left in this country. (The further left Left Alliance is fading even worse.)

It'll be interesting to see what SDP can make of local elections coming soon.

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Pekka Haavisto, gay Green candidate who was second in 2012 election, has announced he'll run again for president 2018.

President Niinistö hasn't told if he'll seek re-election. If he does he's pretty sure to win, but if he doesn't it'll be real interesting elections. Haavisto obviously would have a chance.

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Today Finland (finally) has gay marriage emoticon
Took long enough.

Of course with church it's still another story - and a fun mess it is too. You see, (Lutheran) Church of Finland is still saying no. But according law, if a priest of the church performs the ceremony it's still legal. It's likely a priest doing so would be fired, but... if too many will, the Church can't really kick them all out, can they? They're already low on people these days.
On the other hand if there isn't any reaction to some priests marrying gay couples, number of extreme conservatives might quit in protest.

And in either case, we can expect that there will be hundreds or thousands ordinary people resigning in protest for or against gay marriage.

Interesting times.

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There's actually something happening in Finnish politics, which most of time is rather uneventful.
Firstly, there's local elections coming. No, I'm still not bothering to vote, despite scary examples from world.
Speaking of which... the second big thing right now is that minister of foreign affairs Timo Soini is stepping down from leadership of True Finns party.

During last twenty years, Soini essentially build the party on remains of an older protest/populist movement (that had momentarily been noteworthy at 70's). And he has lead the party to unimaginable victories (similarly to certain parties and people in other countries).

However right now, after their greatest achievement - becoming second largest party in parliament and being included in cabinet - the party has lost over half of it's support in polls and Soini leaving right now could be disastrous. (Though to be exact he plans to continue for now as minister, even after party elect next leader in few months.)

While True Finns in general is much like other ugly right-wing populist parties in Europe, Soini himself has always behaved himself more moderately. And that has been important in making the party gain wider popularity. However candidates to replace him are a different story. They all use stronger language, have harder attitudes on EU, immigrants etc. and some of them have expressed satisfaction on Brexit and Trump and at least one has been convicted to fines for hate speech in his blog.

So the worst of our 8 parties - yes, even worse than the Christian Democrats - is about to get a lot worse. And I can only hope lot less popular.


This might lead to the current government breaking up. Currently True Finns hold power with two of the old major parties. And since it's 2-to-1, they haven't been able do anything crazy - which is why some of the idiots who voted them are disappointed.
Soini has gathered long term political credibility to the party by sacrificing momentary popularity, but the next party leader might not be able to cooperate with rest of the government and could lead to break-up.
Which would likely mean TF would be kicked to opposition. Which unfortunately would give them much better position to go into next parliamentary elections... (2019, I think)

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Local election day, we have preliminary results.

I'll post a more complete review later, but long story short: big winner is Green Party, big loser is populist True Finns. Everyone else pretty much where they've always been.

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Municipal elections 2017 results:

votes/% of votes/(change)/council seats/(change)

National Coalition 530,788 20.7 (–1.2) 1,492 (–243)
Social Democratic Party 497,463 19.4 (–0.2) 1,696 (–33)
Centre Party 450,325 17.5 (–1.1) 2,823 (–254)
Green League 319,440 12.4 (+3.9) 536 (+213)
Finns Party 226,704 8.8 (–3.5) 769 (–426)
Left Alliance 225,926 8.8 (+0.8) 661 (+21)
Swedish People's Party 125,231 4.9 (+0.2) 470 (–10)
Christian Democrats 105,274 4.1 (+0.4) 314 (+14)

Pirate Party 9,075 0.4 (+0.1) 2 (+2)
Communist Party 7,584 0.3 (–0.2) 2 (–7)
Feminist Party 6,855 0.3 (New) 1 (New)
Liberal Party 4,081 0.2 (New) 5 (New)
Independence Party 1,841 0.1 (±0.0) 2 (+2)
Animal Justice Party 1,766 0.1 (New) 0 (New)
Communist Workers' Party 702 0.1 (±0.0) 0 (±0)

Others (independent etc.): 53026 2,1 (+0.4) 226 (+40)


Notes:
- turnout 58.8%
- due municipalities uniting, the total number of council seats is down by 675
- because small towns have more council seats relative to population, parties popular in them have more council seats, while parties that got less seats relative to votes will control bigger cities


Quick explanation of the eight "real" parties and their result:

National Coalition: the main right; most votes is a win, if close one
Social Democratic Party: the main left; minor victory after some bad years
Centre Party: rural/low population areas party; minor loss after some good years
Green League: liberal left environmentalists; may be their best result ever (except for 2012 presidential elections)
Finns Party: populist right; major loss, compared to 2015 parliamentary election they lost half of votes
Left Alliance: far left; expected result
Swedish People's Party: Swedish-speaking minority's party (nowadays trying to woo all minorities); steadily same as ever
Christian Democrats: former Christian Party; not bad, they've never been much bigger

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Finland has finally been beaten in the annual World Press Freedom Index issued by the Reporters without Borders. After holding the top position since 2009, we now lost to both Norway and Sweden.
This may have been due one major incident where prime minister was considered to have pressured the public broadcasting to pull a report.

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Last year record number of people gained Finnish citizenship.
Most commonly the new citizens came from Russia, Somalia and Iraq.

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