Finland’s leftist Social Democrats and the nationalist Finns Party emerged nearly tied to win Sunday’s general election, reflecting a mounting sense of insecurity in the Nordic nation over immigration, welfare and climate change. With a fragmented parliament and deep divisions within the mainstream parties over how to tackle rising costs of expensive public services, coalition talks following the election could be protracted. With the European Parliament election less than two months away, the Finnish ballot is being watched in Brussels.
Finland, ranked for the second time the world’s happiest country, is launching an unusual tourism campaign that it promises will share its secret. The country’s tourism board is holding a contest in which eight people will win a free trip to Finland and will be paired with Finnish hosts. Denmark and Norway rank second and third, respectively. The U.S. took 19th place this year, dropping from 18th place last year. South Sudan is last on the list.
Finland’s president Sauli Niinisto was re-elected, Sunday, winning his second six-year term by a landslide. Niinisto received 62.7% of the vote, while his closest competitor, Pekka Haavisto, received just 12.4%. Niinisto has held great popularity since taking office in 2012. ‘It’s the most stable country in the world,’ Niinisto said of Finland, Sunday.
On Tuesday, Finnish President, Sauli Niinisto, denied Finland would be purchasing fighter jets from the U.S. after comments made by President Trump. During a news conference, where Niinisto was stood beside Trump as he made his comment, saying, “One of the things that is happening is you’re purchasing large amounts of our great F-18 aircraft from Boeing and it’s one of the great planes, the great fighter jets,” he was taken aback. The Finnish president took to twitter to deny the deal taking place saying Trump must have made a misunderstanding.