Electric election night
On an electric election night that saw the top three parties finish within 0.7 percentage points of each other – and no party win more than 20% of the vote – the Social Democrats have scraped a one seat victory. SDP came first with 40 seats (17.7% of the votes); next comes the populist Finns Party with 39 seats (17.5%); and the centre right National Coalition Party with 38 seats (17%). Social Democrat party leader Antti Rinne will now have the chance to form the country’s next coalition government. The most obvious and likely coalition partner would be the Green Alliance, who got 20 MPs in the new parliament – that’s double the number they had at the 2011 general election. Read our wrap of election day results with winners and losers at our original story here; and check the videos, interviews and pictures of the action as it unfolded at our Election Day: LIVE page.
Silver for Finns at World Championships
The Finnish women’s national ice hockey team ended an incredible World Championship run in Espoo with a silver medal, losing out to the USA team in a dramatic game that thrilled spectators. It was a 1-1 draw in regulation play, but in a 4-on-4 sudden death extra time, Finland’s Petra Nieminen scored what looked like the decisive winning goal only for it to be overturned by referees after a long video review. The game went to penalty shoot-out where the USA out-scored the Finns, despite a stellar performance from veteran goalie Noora Räty. Read a full report of the game at our story here.
Monday morning weather
It’s a bright and sunny start everywhere in the country this morning, and for the first time this year the whole of Finland should see temperatures above freezing at the beginning of the week! The best of the temperatures are in Lapland and the south west at +4C. The coolest spot this morning just hovering at zero in Jyväskylä and Central Finland.