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Over the past four years, Finland has been governed by a three-party coalition. This has been made up of the Centre Party, Finns Party and the National Coalition. But the coalition was thrown into turmoil in March this year when Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, leader of the Centre Party, resigned after failing to get healthcare and welfare reforms through parliament. 

When do polls close?

The Finnish general election will take place on Sunday, April 14. 

Polls will open at 9am local time (7am BST) and then close at 8pm (6pm BST). 

The Finnish Election Committee will begin counting straight away. 

What time will we have a result?

Once the votes have been counted, the Electoral District Committee of Helsinki will combine them and release them. 

Results should be released on the same day though, with exit polls coming in shortly after voting finishes. 

The Social Democrats are currently the favourites to win, according to the latest polls.

Antti Ronkainen, a political economist at the University of Helsinki, said there may be five major parties after this election, rather than the usual three that have always dominated Finnish politics. 

He said: “The Social Democrats are probable winners because they lead in every poll by two to three percentage points. 

“However their support is below 20 percent, which means that if they don’t co-operate with the Finns Party they will likely need at least three other parties to form a majority government.

“I’m pretty sure the Centre Party will not be in the (next) government. They are being punished heavily for being the prime minister’s party now and failing to push their social and healthcare reforms through and unpopular policies like taking money away from education for example.

“What seems most likely is that the Social Democrats will be the largest and the prime ministerial party.

“Any winner wants to avoid working with the Finns Party, but we’ll see if that’s possible after the election.”

The winners of the election will need to have policies on global warming, as it has become a major issue in the country since a report was released last autumn that claimed the world only has 12 ears left to prevent a “climate change catastrophe”. 

Janne Tukiainen, a visiting professor of political science at the London School of Economics, said to Euronews: “So it’s really a huge environmental election, basically.

“It’s not based on people’s own experiences [the concern about global warming], maybe a little bit of that, but I think it was just people are on average quite educated and quite concerned and the latest IPCC report was a real wake-up call.”

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