“We don't need more contradictions and division - we need more trust and community in our society. Finland needs less bloc politics and more centrist politics”, said party leader Anna-Maja Henriksson in her opening speech to the SFP – Svenska Folkpartiet i Finland Congress on 10-11 June.
Held amidst ongoing government negotiations following elections in April, the party leadership shared updates and priorities for the negotiation process during the Congress.
“In Finland, we have a long tradition of gathering our common forces and uniting when it comes to the good of the country. We now need to pursue policies that succeed in both renewing Finland, spurring jobs and employment, curbing debt while ensuring that nobody is left behind. Finland must also continue to be an active player globally”, said Henriksson.
Henriksson was re-elected party leader at the Congress, having held the post since 2016. The party’s three sitting deputy leaders were also re-elected: Sandra Bergqvist, Henrik Wickström and Silja Borgarsdóttir Sandelin.
Anders Adlercreutz, leader of the SFP parliamentary group in the Finnish parliament, highlighted the need to balance economic growth with climate protection, as well fighting for human rights and gender equality in the future.
“Finland's challenges are not insignificant. The incoming government faces a huge task ahead. The sustainability gap must be closed so that we are ready to face any future crises and any market shocks that crises will bring”, he said.