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Finland's SDP tries to build coalition after narrow election win | World news

Finland’s Social Democrats will try to form a coalition government after a narrow win in parliamentary elections that saw left-leaning parties make sweeping gains, despite a stronger than expected showing from the far right.The centre-left SDP, led by Antti Rinne, a 56-year-old former trade union leader, will have 40 MPs in a fragmented 200-seat Eduskunta (parliament) after winning 17.7% of the vote following a campaign attacking the austerity policies of the outgoing centre-right coalition.Finland election: voters may pick first leftist prime minister in two decades Read more The far-right, anti-immigration and increasingly radical Finns party won 17.5% of the vote and 39 seats – almost exactly the same as its total in elections in 2011 and 2015, but significantly more than they might have hoped for earlier this year.On a good night generally for the left, the SDP finished with six more MPs than in the previous parliament, while the Greens gained five and the Radical Left four. Voters chose between 2,500 candidates, from 19 political parties and movements.The biggest loser was the Centre Party of the outgoing prime minister Juha Sipilä, who blamed the slump in its support, to 13.8% of the vote and fourth place, on the “difficult economic decisions” his government had had to make to rebalance the economy after a protracted slowdown.“For the first time since 1999 we are the largest party in Finland,” a triumphant Rinne told supporters in Helsinki. “SDP is the prime minister’s party.”The result was further evidence of a modest social democratic comeback in Nordic countries, with left-leaning prime ministers now in power in Sweden and Iceland and the Social Democrats leading in the polls in Denmark, where elections are due this summer.Some are more equal than others in Finland | Letters Read more However, with no single party winning more than 20% of the national vote for the first time in 100 years, and deep divisions within the mainstream parties over the future of Finland’s widely-admired welfare system, which the left want to preserve by increasing taxes and the right to streamline because of rising costs, the SDP leader may find it hard to to build a sustainable coalition.Political analysts said Rinne would probably try to form a broad-based majority government including the Greens and Left Party, but could also turn – despite strong disagreements...

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