Finland election: SDP squeezes narrow lead over upstart Finns Party

One of Finland’s most closely-watched parliamentary elections in recent times ended with clear gains for centre-left and populist parties.

The election has been framed as a climate vote, an immigration ballot and as a referendum on Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s austerity politics. Image: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva

9am: Polls open. If you are heading to the polls on Sunday, be sure to check out our handy guide to casting your ballot in the election. For a quick refresher on what parties and candidates stand for in these elections, head on over to our English-language election compass to get your bearings. The Ministry of Justice which oversees elections in Finland will begin releasing preliminary results (siirryt toiseen palveluun) from 8pm on Sunday evening.