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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 05:22 PM

The Latest: Center-left Finnish party hails narrow win

Source: Associated Press

The Latest: Center-left Finnish party hails narrow win
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HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on Finland’s parliamentary election (all times local):

11:45 p.m.

The leader of Finland’s center-left Social Democratic Party vowed to focus on climate and social policies after election results indicated his party won the most seats in parliament.

Antti Rinne, a former union leader and former finance minister, celebrated with supporters at an election party in central Helsinki.

He called on them to “take the Finnish society toward a sustainable climate, social and economic policies.”

With 99 percent of the votes counted, the Social Democrats appeared to have won 40 seats, just edging out the populist euroskeptic Finns party, which got 39.

Read more: https://apnews.com/5d0c2d290dc14ce7a6519a184c1b12d3

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Judi Lynn Apr 2019 OP
BigmanPigman Apr 2019 #1
Fred Sandman Apr 2019 #2
Buzz cook Apr 2019 #3
moondust Apr 2019 #4
TomVilmer Apr 2019 #5
moondust Apr 2019 #8
TomVilmer Apr 2019 #9
Maxheader Apr 2019 #6
The Liberal Lion Apr 2019 #7

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 05:29 PM

1. Wow! That was close! Hope this is a new trend

but after Israel's recent election I doubt it. They can get away with calling a party Social Democratic when this country throws a fit over the word "socialist". Maybe we should go with "Center -Left"....not as scary.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 05:47 PM

2. Congrats to the Finnish women's nation ice hockey team, an ever bigger story!

 

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Response to Fred Sandman (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 06:32 PM

3. Beating Canada was huge.

They play the USA team for the gold. Way to go Suomi

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:46 PM

4. Immigrants and welfare

apparently played a big role in propelling the Finns party into a very close 2nd place. I suppose some see their generous welfare programs as part of a social contract that they pay into their whole lives and benefit from when needed, while they may view immigrants as not having contributed much to the contribution side of the contract while still enjoying the benefits.

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Response to moondust (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 03:51 AM

5. Finland is opening very slowly to the world

It is very difficult for newcomers to get in, what ever country they are from - except from fellow Nordic countries. There is still less than seven percent new foreigners, including any country of origin - most are from Europe. But this is very new to Finland through the last fifteen years - after the end of being a too close neighbor to Soviet.

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Response to TomVilmer (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:58 AM

8. Thanks.

I think I, too, would try to be very careful about whom I allowed to immigrate. Overall quality of life can too easily be eroded by trashy moneygrubbers (like Trump) and others who haven't developed much appreciation for equality, justice, and civility.

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Response to moondust (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 03:27 PM

9. Sweden has open doors - and the best economy

Neighbor country Sweden has very open doors, which has made it the strongest economy among the Nordics. My own country Denmark are closing the border more and more - Trump would love it. We even got our own border wall.




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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:15 AM

6. Nice to see...considering the proximity of the brexit circus...



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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:39 AM

7. Thanks goodness

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