Prime Minister-designate Petteri Orpo (NCP) on Saturday evening said the four parties involved in talks aiming to form a new government had found common ground on the issue of immigration, which has proven a contentious issue in coalition talks.
Orpo's comments came a few hours after Swedish People's Party chair Anna-Maja Henriksson said her party had not approved an immigration position paper that the other three parties—the National Coalition Party, the Finns Party and the Christian Democrats—had signed off on.
NCP chair Orpo, the likely future prime minister, was tight-lipped about changes made to draft immigration policies.
"When we went through the [SPP's] proposals in concrete terms, they were such that we could accept them," he said.
Finns Party chair Riikka Purra meanwhile told reporters that planned immigration restrictions were not rolled back on Saturday and said no substantive changes were made following Saturday's text revisions.
Orpo said government formation talks would continue on Monday and expressed confidence in the negotiating parties being able to form a government by Midsummer.