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Finnish President cautious on EU changes - Video CNN.com

President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto talks about possible changes to the EU construction and developing single markets. Davos on CNN.com
 

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MYROYALS: STATE VİSİT FROM FİNLAND TO SWEDEN -DAY 1 ...

MYROYALS: STATE VİSİT FROM FİNLAND TO SWEDEN -DAY 1 ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Swedish Royal Family give dinner for Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukio. ROYAL NEWS, SWEDEN ...
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Policy Network - Opinion & Essays

Policy Network - Opinion & Essays | Finland | Scoop.it
As in Sweden, the Finnish left succumb to a social-liberal, centre-right catch-all party that has successfully claimed the middle-ground.

 

On Sunday 5 February, Finland got its 12th President. The conservative National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) candidate, Sauli Niinistö, was elected by a landslide of 62.4% against his Green Party opponent Pekka Haavisto in the second round of the presidential elections.

This election was a disaster for the social democratic candidate, former prime minister Paavo Lipponen, who got only 6.7% of the total vote in the first round run-off. Even the total combined support of the Finnish traditional left, the Social Democrats and the successor party of the once-strong Communists, the Left Alliance, would not have carried a candidate to the second round...

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Finland's new president urged to come clean on NATO, Russia

Finland's new president urged to come clean on NATO, Russia | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki (AFP) Feb 6, 2012 - Finland's president-elect Sauli Niinistoe must come clean on key foreign policy issues such as NATO membership and relations with Russia, political observers said Monday, a day after his crushing election triumph.
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Conservative wins Finland presidential vote

Conservative wins Finland presidential vote | Finland | Scoop.it
A former finance minister won Finland's presidential election Sunday and will become the country's first conservative head of state in five decades.
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Sauli Niinistö is Finland's 12th president

Sauli Niinistö is Finland's 12th president | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish voters have elected Sauli Niinistö from the moderate conservative National Coalition Party as the nation's 12th president in a decisive second round on Sunday. 

 

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ИТАР-ТАСС : Finland to boost relations with Russia – Finnish president elect

ИТАР-ТАСС : Finland to boost relations with Russia – Finnish president elect | Finland | Scoop.it

During his term of presidency Finnish President Elect Sauli Niinisto will develop relations with Russia “at the absolutely concrete level” and “for the interests of the peoples of both countries.” He has made a statement to Itar-Tass at his first press conference in the capacity of the Finnish president elect on Sunday.
“Russia is our important neighbour,” Niinisto noted. “Russian-Finnish relations are perfect recently,” and the countries should develop them at all levels, including economy and human contacts, he pointed out.

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Former finance minister wins Finland’s presidential election; first conservative in 5 decades

Former finance minister wins Finland’s presidential election; first conservative in 5 decades | Finland | Scoop.it

The 63-year-old Niinisto will be the first president from the conservative National Coalition Party since 1956, and the first in 30 years from a party other than the center-left Social Democrats. He will replace Tarja Halonen, Finland’s only female head of state and one of its most popular leaders, who has served the maximum two six-year terms.

Sauli Niinisto took 63 percent of the votes, compared to 37 percent for his rival, Greens candidate Pekka Haavisto, official results showed with 100 percent of ballots counted.

 

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Conservative Wins Finland Election, Runoff Needed - ABC News

Conservative Wins Finland Election, Runoff Needed - ABC News | Finland | Scoop.it

The conservative favorite easily won the first round of Finland's presidential election Sunday, setting up a runoff against an environmentalist leader who is the first openly gay candidate to run for head of state in the Nordic country.

 

"Pro-Europe policies and supporting the euro have received strong support from the people," Niinisto said.

The president has a largely ceremonial role and is not involved in daily politics, but is considered an important shaper of public opinion in the small Nordic country.

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Niinistö pledges no change in second round

Niinistö pledges no change in second round | Finland | Scoop.it

National Coalition candidate Sauli Niinistö said Sunday evening that the candidates' opinions have been aired and their styles of campaigning have been seen, and for his part, he intends to continue the same during the decisive second round.
According to Niinistö, around 45% of voters will now have to rethink a favourite candidate.
He said that what speaks on behalf of his candidacy is that he has been known to the voting public for a long time, and it is known what he thinks and how he acts.

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Presidential Election - Sauli Niinistö and Pekka Haavisto go through to run-off in February

Presidential Election - Sauli Niinistö and Pekka Haavisto go through to run-off in February | Finland | Scoop.it

With all the votes counted in the first round of Presidential Elections on Sunday, no candidate achieved the 50% support required for automatic election, but advance favourite Sauli Niinistö (National Coalition Party, 37.0%) and recent campaign phenomenon Pekka Haavisto (Greens, 18.8%) will take part in a second round run-off next month to determine who succeeds Tarja Halonen in the post of President of the Republic. 

 

The result means an end to a sequence of Finnish Social Democrat presidents dating back to Mauno Koivisto in 1982.
Before Koivisto's election, the office had been held for a quarter of a century by Urho Kekkonen, originally of the Agrarian League, the precursor of today's Centre Party.

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/AhnGU6

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Finland’s Euro-Skeptics Gird for Voter Backlash

Less than a year after Timo Soini led his anti-euro “The Finns” party in a fourfold surge in Finland’s parliamentary election, voters are showing they won’t reward candidates running on a bailout-bashing agenda.

 

Polls show Soini may place fourth in the Jan. 22 presidential election, trailing Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen’s National Coalition candidate Sauli Niinistoe, a former banker and finance minister who led Finland into the euro in 1999.

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Interview: Presidential frontrunner won't push Finland into NATO

Interview: Presidential frontrunner won't push Finland into NATO | Finland | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Finland's leading presidential candidate Sauli Niinisto said Monday he will not push for the country to join NATO if he is elected, despite his party's enthusiasm for membership of the military alliance.

Many Finns fear that joining NATO could provoke neighboring Russia after decades of neutrality during and since the Cold War. However, leading politicians in Niinisto's right-leaning National Coalition party have spoken in favor of membership for Finland, which fought the Soviet Union during World War Two.

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Finland's State Visit to Sweden « Royalty in the News

Finland's State Visit to Sweden « Royalty in the News | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland's State Visit to Sweden. On Tuesday, Finland's President Sauli Niinistö and his wife, Jenni Haukio, made their state visit to neighboring Sweden. The purpose of their visit is to strengthen links between the two countries ...
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Niinistö to meet UN chief

Niinistö to meet UN chief | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö travelled to South Korea on Saturday to take part in the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.

Before the gathering, President Niinistö will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

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A win for the euro - Economist

A win for the euro - Economist | Finland | Scoop.it

THOSE who argued that Finland is fast becoming a Eurosceptic country that is against the country's membership of the European single currency, the euro, have been proved wrong by its presidential election. The run-off on February 5th was contested between the two most pro-European candidates. Timo Soini, leader of the anti-euro True Finns, which took a spectacular 18% of the vote in the general election last April, was humiliatingly pushed out in the first round. The winner, Sauli Niinisto, a former centre-right finance minister, took 63% of the vote to 37% for the loser, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens (who was also the first openly gay candidate for the post).

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This guy was elected President of Finland, first morning after elections (PIC)

This guy was elected President of Finland, first morning after elections (PIC) | Finland | Scoop.it

Says a lot about us Finns...

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Pro-EU Niinisto wins Finnish presidency

Pro-EU Niinisto wins Finnish presidency | Finland | Scoop.it

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Pro-Europe politician Sauli Niinisto won Finland's presidency on Sunday in an election that showed voters want to keep the country in the euro zone despite misgivings over European Union bailouts.

The former finance minister won with 63 percent support, defeating pro-euro Greens Party candidate Pekka Haavisto.

The two had beaten anti-euro candidates, Paavo Vayrynen of the Centre party and Timo Soini of the Finns Party, in an earlier round last month. 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/05/us-finland-idUSTRE8140N520120205

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Conservative set to win Finnish presidency

Conservative set to win Finnish presidency | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland's conservative pro-European Sauli Niinistoe has been elected Finnish president, with Green challenger Pekka Haavisto acknowledging Niinistoe's overwhelming triumph at the polls.

Niinistoe, a former finance minister, dominated the first round of the presidential election in January and had a strong lead in opinion polls over Haavisto, a 53-year-old liberal in a same-sex partnership with an Ecuadorian hairdresser.

Niinistoe's experience as finance minister has lent his candidacy credibility amid the European debt crisis, while Haavisto's pro-gay stance has lost him support among older and more traditional Finns, analysts have said. 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/02/201225192711235279.html

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Finland's former finance minister victorious in presidential election - CNN.com

Niinisto defeated the nation's first openly gay presidential candidate, Pekka Haavisto, with 62.6% of the vote compared to Haavisto's 37.4%.
Both were vying to succeed Tarja Halonen, Finland's first female president, who cannot run for re-election.
In the first round of voting on January 28, the conservative Niinisto took just under 37% of the vote.
Haavisto, a pro-European Green League candidate, got 18.8%, claiming the No. 2 spot and narrowly edging out euro-skeptic Paavo Vayrynen, who had 17.5%.
The winner of Sunday's vote between Niinisto and Haavisto will break a 30-year lock on the presidency by Halonen's Social Democrats.

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Pekka Haavisto, Finnish Gay Presidential Candidate, To Face Off With Former Finance Minister In Race

Pekka Haavisto, Finnish Gay Presidential Candidate, To Face Off With Former Finance Minister In Race | Finland | Scoop.it

The 53-year-old former environment minister has held several positions in EU and U.N. operations helping to solve crises in Sudan, Darfur and the Middle East.

"He's extremely cultured and civilized. We need a member of a new, educated generation who hasn't been corrupted by politics," said Laila Halme, a retired graphic artist, as she walked her dog through thick snow to vote in a Helsinki suburb.

Haavisto was overjoyed at making the second round, saying "the enthusiasm has been overwhelming and that will give us a good boost."

Political analyst Olavi Borg says Haavisto has little chance to beat Niinisto in a runoff. Large segments of Finnish voters will find it difficult to back a gay candidate, Borg said. Haavisto has been living in a registered partnership with another man for 10 years...

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Finns Pick Niinistoe in Presidential Vote

Finns Pick Niinistoe in Presidential Vote | Finland | Scoop.it
Sauli Niinistoe of the pro-Europe National Coalition Party won the first round of Finland’s presidential election, garnering 37 percent in a vote affirming Finns’ support for the bloc’s single currency.

 

Green League’s Pekka Haavisto came second with 18.8 percent of votes and the Center Party’s Paavo Vaeyrynen, who has campaigned against the euro, had 17.5 percent, as all ballots had been counted, according to the Justice Ministry’s election website. Turnout was 72.7 percent.
The outcome suggests Finns are turning their backs on politicians that have called for the country to sever ties with the euro region as it struggles to contain its debt crisis. The shift in sentiment comes less than a year after Timo Soini led his anti-euro “The Finns” party in a fourfold surge in the parliamentary election. Soini placed fourth in today’s vote with 9.4 percent. Niinistoe is a former banker and finance minister who took Finland into the euro in 1999.  http://bloom.bg/w26RFb

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Pro-euro candidate wins first round of Finnish vote

Pro-euro candidate wins first round of Finnish vote | Finland | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Pro-euro candidate Sauli Niinisto won the first round of Finland's presidential election on Sunday, signaling voters want to keep cooperating with the European Union despite their frustration over bailouts for debt-ridden member states.

 

The former finance minister got 37 percent of the vote. He faces a February 5 run-off with another pro-euro candidate, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens Party, who got about 19 percent.

Anti-euro candidates Paavo Vayrynen and Timo Soini dropped out of the race after the final tally.

While the president has little executive power beyond military and diplomatic affairs, it is a high-profile post and the strength of the pro-euro vote will ease pressure on the government to take a hard line against Brussels. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/22/us-finland-idUSTRE80L0W020120122

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Presidential elections: Niinistö, Haavisto headed for second round

Presidential elections: Niinistö, Haavisto headed for second round | Finland | Scoop.it

With 100% of the votes counted, the election has shaped up as a first-round victory for National Coalition Party candidate, former finance minister Sauli Niinistö, who will face off against internationally minded Green League candidate Pekka Haavisto in the second round on February 5th.

 

Results with 100% of the vote counted
Sauli Niinistö (NCP) 37.0%

Pekka Haavisto (GREEN) 18.8%

Paavo Väyrynen (CEN) 17.5%

Timo Soini (FINNS) 9.4%

Paavo Lipponen (SDP) 6.7%

Paavo Arhinmäki (LA) 5.5%

Eva Biaudet (SPP) 2.7%

Sari Essayah (CD) 2.5%

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First-round knockout by Niinistö?

First-round knockout by Niinistö? | Finland | Scoop.it
YLE election expert Sami Borg says it is entirely possible that Sauli Niinistö
could win the Finnish presidency in the first round of the election.

Borg argues that the front-runner's actual support is higher than that reported by opinion polls.
In the most recent YLE survey, the conservative National Coalition Party candidate was ranked first with 37 percent support. In the same poll, 29 percent of respondents did not say which candidate they would vote for.
"The fact is that if we calculate these most recent polls according to the traditional methods, then Niinistö's support is around the 50 percent level," Borg asserted on Wednesday as advance voting began.

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