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Survey: Only a third of Finns can name parliamentary speaker

Respondents could name the president, Sauli Niinistö, but only 31 percent knew the name of the second-highest in command.

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Speaker of the Parliament Matti Vanhanen Image: Mikko Koski / Yle

Two-thirds of Finnish residents don't know who is currently serving as speaker of parliament, suggests a new poll from Taloustutkimus. Commissioned by the Lännen Media news consortium, the poll found that only 31 percent of the 1,005 survey respondents were able to name Speaker of the Parliament Matti Vanhanen, despite the importance of the position. The speaker of the parliament formally ranks second in Finland's leadership protocol, after the president.

The survey found that most respondents were quite familiar with Finland's Prime Minister Antti Rinne and current issues in party politics. An exception is Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo, as only one-third of the survey respondents were able to correctly identify her as the Green Party chair. Only 39 percent of respondents who self-identified as Green Party supporters knew that she was the current party leader.

The margin of error in the poll was three percentage points in either direction.

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