Election Day: LIVE

News updates, photos, interviews, videos and analysis as it happens on election day 2019 from 09:00 - midnight.

Election Day: LIVE

01:30 – The Social Democrats appear to have carved out a slim lead in the election, but how did the other parties fair? Here’s our wrap-up of all the election night news.

Social Democrats inch ahead in election with mixed fortunes

23:45 – Eva Biaudet (SFP) got elected in Helsinki again. But she says her party won’t go into government with the Finns Party because of the big differences in values.

23:09 –  Vihreät party leader, Pekka Haavisto, highlights that the result of green party is best in the party’s history.

23:00 – Swedish People’s Party chair Anna-Maja Henriksson arrives at their election event in Helsinki to cheers from supporters. They’re on track to gain 1 MP in the new parliament. ❎🇫🇮

22:55 – Juhana Vartiainen of Kokoomus says, “It seems that we have done pretty well through past four years. We have conducted tough [economic] policy and we still held our positions. Whatever happens, we’ll be a major player in [the next] government’s political negotiations.”

22:46 – Paavo Arhimäki of the Left Alliance says, ”We are worked hard last ten years to modernize the party and this is the first victory for us in parliament elections in 24 years. It’s a result of the hard work.”

22:39 – “Obviously, it’s [an] amazing feeling, the whole campaign group, which was actually a couple of hundred of people from all over the country. In my personal campaign, they felt and I felt we shouldn’t change anything. We’re happy to be here and so happy to see the results,” Maria Ohisalo says after being one of the biggest vote gainers in the Green Party.


22:10 – Blue Reform chairman Sampo Terho says his party had hoped for 5 seats but it’s a big disappointment if they actually end up with zero. Tomorrow they’ll make decisions about European Parliament elections.

21:56 – Greens party candidate, Emma Kari, says that greens party result is not only victory for environmental issues but also for feminist issues.

21:51 Initial reaction from Vihreät’s crowd.

Green's Initial Reaction

21:51 – Green's reaction to initial voting results.

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21:42 – The Left Alliance’s crowd.

21:36 – Nearly half of the election results have been tallied and the current results are:

SDP – 18,7

KOK –  16,3

PS – 16,1

KESK – 15,7

VIHR – 10,3

VAS – 8,5

RKP – 4,7

KD – 4,3

SIN – 0,9

21:27 – Crowd at Vihreät in Helsinki.

21:20 – Outgoing Centre Party environment minister Kimmo Tiilikainen says their losses tonight were worse than expected – and predicts a lot of disappointed people in different parties as they have to compromise to form the next coalition government.

21:14 – “Once again, I thank everyone involved in the campaign trail but I want to emphasize that at this point we need to wait until the results are final,” Perus party leader Hallo-Aho exhorted, urging his party’s supporters to calm down until the final election result appears.

20:37 – It looks like Eveliina Heinäluoma got elected to parliament tonight for the Social Democrats. She tells us the Finnish people voted for change, and they want to see a government bringing more equality to the country.

20:16 – Perus reaction to early voting results.

Perus Early Voting Reaction

20:16 – Perus reaction to early voting results.

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20:10 – Good start for Kokoomus!

Kokoomus Early Voting Results Reaction

20:10 – Good start for Kokoomus!

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20:00 – First results come in from early and overseas voting. Current standings are:

SDP – 19,0

KOK –  17,2

PS – 15,1

KESK – 15,4

VIHR – 11,3

VAS – 8,8

RKP – 3,9

KD – 4,3

SIN – 1,0



19:45 – Perus (Finns Party) crowd in Helsinki.

19:40 – Kokoomus crowd at Capital in Helsinki.

18:00 – Blue Reform chairman Sampo Terho has voted this afternoon in Helsinki, he tells News Now Finland that “It’s always exciting and this is first elections for our new party so it will be exciting to see what the result is but I’m confident that we will have the parliamentary group. I don’t say how big yet [the group will be] but we’ll see in the evening.

Sampo Terho votes / Credit: News Now Finland

15:30 – One of our #ElectionDayLive team spotted another polling station dog. We love dog pics!

Polling station dog / Credit: News Now Finland


14:50 – We’re live in Mäntsälä this afternoon as Social Democrat Party leader Antti Rinne is scheduled to cast his vote at 15:00. His party has been leading in the polls for more than a year, and although the gap at the top has narrowed, he could well be Finland’s next prime minister.

14:50 – We're live in Mäntsälä as Social Democrat Sosialidemokraatit SDP leader – and possibly Finland's next Prime Minister Antti Rinne votes. He's expected at 15:00. 🗳🇫🇮 #vaalit2019 #ElectionDayLive

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12:45 – Green party leader Pekka Haavisto came to the polling station with his partner to vote this morning. Watch our video here.

Pekka Haavisto voting

12:40 WATCH: Green party Vihreät – De Gröna leader @Pekka Haavisto came to the polling station in east Helsinki with his partner this morning to cast a ballot. #vaalit2019 #ElectionDayLive

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12:30 – Jussi Halla-aho (Finns) was the first party leader to vote in the capital today. If you missed our video of him casting a ballot (presumably for a candidate in his own party?) watch it again here:

WATCH: Jussi Halla-aho arrives with his family to vote in Helsinki. 🇫🇮🗳 #vaalit2019 #ElectionDayLive

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12:00 – Green Alliance chairman Pekka Haavisto voted in east Helsinki during the last hour. He tells News Now Finland “I think we’re heading hopefully to the best result ever for the Greens in Finland. Of course we feel that is pretty much the same as the ‘wave’ we’ve seen in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and so forth, so it’s some kind of new rising of Greens and of course it’s very much linked to the climate change issues and global concern for environmental issues”.

Pekka Haavisto votes in east Helsinki / Credit: News Now Finland

11:10 – Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho arrives at a primary school in his local neighbourhood in Eira with his family to vote.

Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho arrives to vote in Eira, Helsinki / Credit: News Now Finland

10:45 – At a polling station in Eira, one of Helsinki’s most affluent suburbs waiting for populist Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho  to vote.

Eira pollng station

10:00 – Are polling station dogs a thing in Finland, like they are in the UK? Well, they should be. That’s all we’re saying. So meet Iiris. She was 12/10 excited to cast her ballot this morning!

Polling station dog Iiris in Helsinki / Credit: News Now Finland

09:45 – Party leaders are voting today, it’s the perfect photo and video opportunity. Pekka Haavisto (Green) and Jussi Halla-aho (Finns) are voting in Helsinki this morning. Sampo Terho (Blue) votes in Helsinki this afternoon. Juha Sipilä (Centre) votes in Kempele. Antti Rinne (SDP) votes this afternoon in Mäntsälä. Li Andersson (Left) and Petteri Orpo (NCP) vote in their local constituencies in the south west. Anna-Maja Henriksson (SFP) votes in Jakobstad this morning.

09:00 – Huomenta, god morgon, good morning Finland! This is the start of our coverage. we’re live at City Hall in Helsinki as voting begins. In case of any technical difficulties, catch the live video stream from Facebook at this link.

We're live at City Hall in Helsinki this morning as voting starts. More than 36% of voters cast their ballots in advance – were you one of them, or will you vote today? #ElectionDayLive #vaalit2019

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