The Finnish government is considering how the constitutional problems with the coming social service and health care reform (known as "sote") will affect legislative scheduling. The reform will now come into effect sometime in 2020, instead of in early 2019 as originally planned.
The postponement means that the reform will not take effect before the end of the current parliamentary term, with elections due in 2019. Opposition parties have strongly condemned the government's "sote" proposals.
The all-important regional administrative elections will be postponed until autumn 2018, instead of January 2018.
In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said: "The 'sote' and provincial reform will be brought to fruition. The necessary corrections will be made and the reform will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, provincial elections in October 2018."
In a press conference on Wednesday Sipilä rejected opposition demands to redesign the law via a cross-party parliamentary committee.