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Yearbook 2011

Finland. The nationalist and EU-critical party The True Finns increased their opinion support sharply at the beginning of the year. The true Finns, who have a critical attitude towards both immigrants and Swedish-speaking Finns, had gained just over 4% in the 2007 election.

2011 Finland

In the electoral movement, the Sann Finns opposed compulsory Swedish education in schools and thus ended up in confrontation with the Swedish People's Party, the so-called Swedish foremost defender. The charismatic leader of the True Finns Timo Soini made several populist statements, including he called for reduced immigration and a halt to Finland's contribution to the eurozone's measures to rescue crisis economies in southern Europe. The party also proposed political measures against the growing economic and social divisions in Finland.

2011 FinlandAccording to Countryaah official site, the election became a protest against the government and gave sensational success to the true Finns. The party took 19% of the vote and 39 parliamentary seats, more than the opinion polls had shown, and thus came in third place in the election. The Assembly Party won an election for the first time and received 20.4% and 44 seats, followed by the Social Democrats with 19.1% and 42 seats. Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi's Center Party suffered a major electoral defeat and declined from 51 seats to 35, holding 15.8% of the vote. The loss led to Kiviniemi resigning and the Center leaving the government.

New government leader became the Collective Party leader Jyrki Katainen (39 years). He did not want to go past successful True Finns and tried to form a tripartite government with the Socialist Party, Social Democrats and True Finns. Negotiations were difficult, and the true Finns chose to drop the talks in May when the other two parties supported the EU's decision on support packages for Portugal's crisis economy.

Only at the end of June was Jyrki Katainen able to present the new government. It became a six-party coalition with the Socialist Party, the Social Democrats, the Left League, the Green League, the Swedish People's Party and the Christian Democrats. Alongside the new Prime Minister Katainen, Social Democrats party leader Jutta Urpilainen was appointed new finance minister. New Foreign Minister became Social Democrat Erkki Tuomioja.

Swedish Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson was given a key role in the government's project of creating a long-term language strategy to develop two viable national languages in Finland, Finnish and Swedish. Ahead of the January 2012 presidential election, former President and Minister of Finance Sauli Niinistö of the Collective Party emerged as a big favorite, ahead of the leader of the True Finns and Social Democrat and former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen.

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