Finland

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Parliament

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
19.04.2015
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
22.04.2015
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.04.2023
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
200
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
2,146
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
1,301
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
845
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
39.38%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
16

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
4,221,237
Votes Number of people who actually voted
2,957,163
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
70.05%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The Centre Party (KESK) led by IT millionaire Juha Sipila became the largest party with 49 seats in the 200 member parliament. It was followed by the nationalist Finns Party (formerly "True Finns"), led by Mr. Timo Soini. The four parties in the outgoing government led by the National Coalition Party (KOK) (see note) took a total of 85 seats. On 29 April, President Sauli Niinistö opened the newly elected Parliament. On 29 May, it approved a coalition government led by Mr. Sipila, comprising KESK, Finns Party and KOK. The 2015 elections were held as the country entered its fourth year of recession, due mainly to the slow-down in its two main industries: mobile phones and timber. It was further damaged by the turbulence in Russia, a major trading partner. During the election campaign, parties focused on ways to boost the economy and the possibility of an additional bailout plan for Greece. Note: The government formed by Mr. Jyrki Katainen in 2011 comprised six parties: The National Coalition Party (KOK), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Left Alliance (Vas), Swedish People's Party (RKP), the Green League (Vihr) and the Christian Democrats (KD). Mr. Alexander Stubb succeeded Mr. Katainen as Prime Minister in June 2014. Mr. Stubb's coalition government initially comprised the same parties except for the Left Alliance (Vas), but after the Green League withdrew from the government in September 2014, the coalition comprised only four parties: the KOK, the SDP, the RKP and the KD.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
8
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
50%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
24.5%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Yes
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
3
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Centre Party (KESK), Finns Party (PS) and the National Coalition Party (KOK)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Center Party (KESK) 49
The Finns Party (PS) 38
National Coalition Party (KOK) 37
Social Democratic Party (SDP) 34
Green League (Vihr) 15
Left Alliance (Vas) 12
Swedish People's Party (RKP) 9
Christian Democrats (KD) 5
Others 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
117
Number of women elected
83
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
41.5%
Sources
Parliament (27.05.2015, 29.05.2019, 01.01.2017) Elections website of the Ministry of Justice
Women Directly Elected
83

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
117
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
83
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
29.04.2015
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Maria Lohela (Female)
Political party
The Finns Party (PS)
Date of election
29.05.2015