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

First leftist PM in 20 years may find it hard to build consensus, amid splits over welfare system

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.

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Source: The Guardian
Finland's SDP tries to build coalition after narrow election win