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Upend Politics: Coalition Government and Finnish Politics

upend politics: The result of Sunday's vote has the potential to upend politics in Finland, a European Union member of 5.5 million people that shares a long border with Russia and has one-third of its land above the Arctic Circle, according to CTV. It also highlighted the struggle by Europe's traditional political parties to retain supporters. One newspaper headline read An all-time election thriller. For decades, the centrist Center Party, the conservative National Coalition Party and the left-leaning Social Democrats have dominated Finnish politics. With all votes counted Monday, the top three parties in election were separated by only two seats in the country's 200-seat Eduskunta legislature, which could make negotiations over forming Finland's next coalition government difficult. This time, they jointly received mere 49% support among voters, a historically low figure. ( As reported in the news.