Petteri Orpo, the leader of the conservative party in Finland, has been elected as the country’s prime minister by the parliament. Orpo will lead a coalition government comprising four parties, including the far-right Finns Party, which intends to implement strict measures on immigration. With 107 members in favour, 81 opposed, and 11 absent, the parliament expressed its support for Orpo, who emerged victorious in the April elections. His victory initiated negotiations for a coalition government, which have been ongoing since then.
President Sauli Niinisto is set to officially appoint Petteri Orpo as the new prime minister, replacing Sanna Marin, whose Social Democrats came in third place in the elections, behind Orpo’s National Coalition Party (NCP) and the Finns Party.
All About the Finland
- Finland is a Nordic country located in Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, Russia to the east, and the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455 square kilometers (130,678 square miles) and has a population of 5.5 million. The capital and largest city is Helsinki.
- The official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. Finnish is the native language of about 90% of the population, while Swedish is the native language of about 5%. The other 5% of the population speak other languages, such as Russian, Estonian, or Sami.
- Finland has a long and rich history. The first humans arrived in Finland about 10,000 years ago. The first permanent settlements were established in the 1st millennium AD. Finland was ruled by Sweden from the 13th century until 1809, when it became an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire. Finland gained its independence in 1917.
- Finland is a parliamentary democracy. The head of state is the president, who is elected for a six-year term. The prime minister is the head of government. The current president is Sauli Niinistö and the current prime minister is Sanna Marin.
- Finland is a member of the European Union, the United Nations, and the Nordic Council. It is also a founding member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
- Finland is a prosperous country with a high standard of living. The economy is based on manufacturing, forestry, and services. Finland is a leading exporter of paper, machinery, and electronics.
- Finland is a popular tourist destination. The country is known for its beautiful natural scenery, including forests, lakes, and mountains. Finland is also home to the Northern Lights, which can be seen in the winter.
Here are some other interesting facts about Finland:
- Finland is the world’s happiest country.
- Finland has the most saunas per capita in the world.
- Finland is the home of Santa Claus.
- Finland has a long history of education and literacy.
- Finland is a leader in environmental protection.