Petteri Orpo of the National Coalition (left) and Antti Rinne of the Social Democrats may be the public favourites to lead the next government, but only few would like to see them in the same government. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

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THE NATIONAL COALITION and Social Democrats are the public favourites to lead the next government of Finland, indicates a survey conducted earlier this year by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA).

Only a small share of the 2,059 respondents, however, expressed their support for a ruling coalition including both the National Coalition and Social Democrats.

The respondents were asked to nominate their favourite party to lead the next government and choose any number of coalition partners for it.

EVA on Tuesday revealed that there appear to be two especially popular options for the composition of the next government: a coalition between left-wing and green parties, and one between right-wing parties.

Supporters of the Social Democrats, it said, would prefer to form a ruling coalition with the Left Alliance (68%) and the Green League (64%). The Centre (56%) and the Swedish People’s Party (50%), meanwhile, were the most popular coalition partners among supporters of the National Coalition. The Social Democratic Party was chosen as a coalition partner by no more than 16 per cent of supporters of the National Coalition, which – in turn – was chosen by no more than 20 per cent of supporters of the Social Democrats.

Supporters of the Green League and Left Alliance, meanwhile, would prefer to form a coalition with the Social Democrats.

“The results show Finns would prefer to assemble a more ideologically cohesive ruling bloc – either a right-wing or red-green government – rather than a traditional coalition government,” analysed Sami Metelinen, the managing editor at EVA.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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