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Post by Kaunisto » 1 month ago

Going deeper to Finnish politics, our spectrum is getting more complicated. For nearly all of our century of independence, there's been three major parties, usually each between 20-30% support and varying smaller ones on the side. During last decade this setting has broken for first time, with rise of populist right-wing as fourth major party and after that, as reaction to that, liberal Greens have become fifth (a gay Green candidate was second in last two presidential elections). This year parliamentary election was first any national election (presidential, parliamentary, local, EU parliament) in history where no party got over 20%.

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Post by Princess MeowsePad » 1 month ago

I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, though. That means that they have to form coalitions to get a majority government, and they have to listen to a wider variety of political opinions as a result.
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Post by Kaunisto » 1 month ago

True, but it also makes government dependent of more than two parties, putting them all in position to break it.
Before the election this spring prime minister resigned the old government (as meaningless technicality and desperate election stunt) and that was first time it happened in decades. We've had steady governments for ages, working the four years from election to next. I fear this development may lead to coalitions/governments breaking mid-term more often, even unscheduled elections (don't think we've had any since WWII).

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