Abstract

The year 2019, with several government crises and two elections, was a busy period in Finland. The unpopular Sipilä government collapsed in early 2019 due to social services reform failure. Parliamentary elections were held as scheduled in April 2019. The ‘three big parties’ scheme was renewed, albeit with a slightly different make up, as the True Finns/Perussuomalaiset (PS; officially, the Finns Party) took the place of the Centre Party/Keskusta (KESK) in the usual threesome of the Social Democratic Party/Sosialidemokraattinen puolue (SDP) and the National Coalition/Kansallinen Kokoomus (KOK), with almost the same results. Antti Rinne (SDP) formed a five‐party centre‐left government, but by the end of the year, he had to step down, and deputy party leader Sanna Marin was elected as the world's youngest Prime Minister and the third female Prime Minister of Finland. The government acted fast to reverse some of the austerity measures of the previous government, especially those related to labour relations. In the European Parliament (EP) elections, a pro‐European Union stance was dominant: the opposition party National Coalition (European People's Party, EPP) and Greens/Vihreät (VIHR) who made history as the second largest party. The PS demonstrated that they could reach similar levels of support as before the leadership change and splinter (Palonen 2018, 2019).
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Research Political Yearbook
Volume59
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)130-141
Number of pages12
ISSN2047-8844
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeB1 Journal article

Fields of Science

  • 5171 Political Science

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