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Elections in Finland

Voted to remain happy? With the election victory of the Conservatives, Finland is facing a change of government

A high quality of life, gender equality, the closeness of people to nature, the absence of corruption and the importance of democratic values form the cornerstones of how Finnish society perceives itself. For the sixth year in a row, the United Nations World Happiness Report has named Finland the country with the happiest and most content people in the world based on these criteria.

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After all, however, voters were obviously not satisfied with current politics. The welfare state's performance in education and health, which is increasingly perceived as inadequate, high energy and living costs and the extremely high national debt by Nordic standards were precisely the issues that dominated the election campaign in recent weeks and ultimately caused the election defeat of to the social-democratic coalition after only four years. The task of forming a new government now clearly lies with the election winner Petteri Orpo and his National Coalition Party, Kokoomus.

In terms of figures, this is only possible if Kokoomus joins forces with either the True Finns or the Social Democrats and finds another party for the majority, such as the Christian Democrats or the Swedish People's Party. Under these conditions, the formation of a government will remain exciting in the coming weeks.

The full-length publication is only available in German.

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