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Finns Party sweeps small municipalities

Although the populist party performed poorer than expected in big cities, the 2012 local elections saw the Finns rise to the ranks of the three biggest parties in over 100 municipalities.

Finns Party Chair Timo Soini on municipal election night.
Finns Party Chair Timo Soini on municipal election night. Image: Yle

The Finns won a total of 1,195 municipal council seats, an increase of 752 seats from the last local elections in 2008.

With Timo Soini at its helm, the Finns are now among the three biggest parties in 119 municipalities.

The Finns made their most dramatic gains in small municipalities. In northern Ostrobothnia’s Kärsämäki, for example, the party now holds more than a third of all council seats. Before the election, Kärsämäki did not have a single Finns councillor. Now there are seven of them.

The other two most successful election results for the Finns were in Petäjävesi and Tervo, where their support grew by 22.9 percentage points.

The party now holds the majority in three municipal councils: Kankaanpää, Kihniö and Uurainen.

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