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Yearbook 2017

Finland. According to Countryaah.com, Prime Minister Juha Sipilš was indicted at the beginning of the year for a conflict of interest since he led a business delegation during an official visit to India, including a company owned by his children. In addition, it was reported that the company in question was rescued from bankruptcy when the state-owned Fortum's energy company invested over EUR 6 million in the company when Sipilš was responsible for the state companies.

2017 FinlandPublic service company Yle's editor-in-chief was forced to resign in the spring accused of remission of political pressure from the prime minister. Sipilš was reported in several e-mails to the editor-in-chief to have tried to stop Yle's review of the steel company Katera Steel, owned by Sipilš's relatives. Among other things, the deal had led journalists at Yle to stop protesting.

In the municipal elections in April, the Assembly Party was the largest, followed by the Social Democrats and the Center Party. The Greens progressed strongly and became the fourth largest party in the country, thus passing on the True Finns, who lost the most mandate of all parties in the municipalities.

The true Finns, who had sharply declining opinion figures, changed party leaders in June. Foreign Minister Timo Soini resigned after two decades at the post of party leader and was succeeded by the disputed EU parliamentarian Jussi Halla-aho. This man was previously convicted of hatred against the ethnic group after blaming Islam on the internet. His political goal was to strengthen the immigration-critical and EU-skeptical profile of the true Finns.

2017 Finland

The prime minister and center leader Juha Sipilš highlighted the distance to the new Finns' new leaders. Both the Center and the Collective Party declared that they could not continue to rule with the True Finns if Halla-aho was leader. The Social Democrats in opposition demanded new elections.

Prime Minister Sipilš was about to resign and dissolve the government when Timo Soini's Falang in the South Finns broke with the new party leader and formed a new group in the parliament, New Alternative. It comprised 20 of the 37 Finnish members of the true Finns. Thus, Prime Minister Sipilš was able to present a new government with the Center, the Socialist Party and New Alternative instead of the True Finns. New Alternative was later transformed into a party under the name Blue Future.

In August, Finland was struck by what the police described as a terrorist act when a knife-armed young man attacked several people at the Market Square in Turku. Two women were killed and six women and two men injured. According to police, the perpetrator had deliberately attacked women, while the injured men tried to protect and help the victims.

The suspected perpetrator was shot by police who could arrest him. He later admitted in police interrogation that he performed the deed but denied it was a terrorist act.

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