Finnish ALDE Party members Keskusta and Svenska Folkpartiet i Finland (SFP) demonstrated a solid performance in the country’s municipal election last Sunday 13 June.
With a record-low voter turnout of just 55.1%, Keskusta received 14.9% of the vote. While it is a drop from the elections held in 2017, the party managed to secure its position as the third largest party at municipal level, right above True Finns. This result translates to 2,448 local seats across the country.
SFP gained 5.0% of the vote, which is just 0.1% less than in 2017. This translates to a total of 463 representatives in different local governments.
Leader of Keskusta and Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko acknowledged the setback her party faced when compared to four years ago but remains confident and optimistic about the future:
“Trust is something that is earned every day, and there is still work to be done on that. But Keskusta is needed, our voice won’t disappear from our municipalities. We will continue our determined work for children and young people, for regional equality, growth and responsible economy. Together, the sunny side up, for the best of our own municipalities.”
In her reaction, SFP leader and Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson thanked the voters and underlined the strong support her party received:
“I am very happy that together we reached this goal. […] This is a very good result! We are also the only government party that improved its result. We maintained our position in big cities such as Helsinki, Turku, Espoo and Vantaa. We also secured additional mandates in many municipalities, among them Jakobstad where we gained two additional seats, growing from 19 to 21.”
For all results, have a look here (in Finnish)
Photo credit: Finnish Government, 2020.
Photo credit: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, 2017.