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Sanna Marin suffers defeat in Finland election as SDP beaten into third place

By Jon Henley

03 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The Finnish PM lost her battle to stay in power. Amid economic concerns, voters opted for conservative and far-right alternatives, shaking up the nation's political landscape. The Guardian reports.

Finland’s prime minister, Sanna Marin, has lost her battle to stay in power after her centre-left Social Democratic party (SDP) was narrowly beaten into third place in a cliffhanger election by its conservative and far-right rivals.

With all of the votes counted on Sunday, the right-wing National Coalition party (NCP) won 20.8% of the vote, with the populist, nation-first Finns party scoring 20.1%. Marin’s SDP took 19.9% of the vote. Voter turnout was 71.9%.

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