Sauli Niinistö confirmed as Finnish President

Finnish President gets re-elected to second term in a landslide victory

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Since 1994 the President in Finland gets elected through direct vote by the people. Scoring 62.7% of the vote Sauli Niinistö is the first ever presidential candidate to get elected in the first round by securing an absolute majority straight away. The reasons for the president´s his high ap-proval ratings appear to symbolize shifts in Finnish politics.

Sauli Niinistö ran for president as an independent candidate, however supported by both the conservative party (Kokoomus) and the Christian democrats (Kristillisdemokraatit). In the run up to the election he faced the Green Party´s parliamentarian Pekka Haavisto (Vihreäliitto) and Laura Huhtasaari from the right-wing Populist Party True Finns (Perussuomalaiset). Although the President´s victory was expected, the margin by which he won over his nine challengers was startling. Pekka Haavisto who came second with 12.4% of the vote exemplifies the magnitude of the President´s victory. Laura Huhtasaari who finished third attracted only 6.9% of the votes. Furthermore, the fact that Niinistö received less than 50% of the votes in only 13 Municipalities in the whole of Finland exemplifies his dominance. He scored highest in Luodo in western Finland with 84.3% and lowest in Tervola, a municipality in Lappland, with 44.3% of the vote.


Elisabeth Bauer, Mikko von Bremen

Publication series

Country Reports


Finland, February 5, 2018


Elisabeth Bauer

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