Greens do well in shadow elections among schoolchildren
If underage schoolchildren would choose the next Parliament, the body would have 12 parties, with the National Coalition Party and the Green League as the largest.
The Youth Election, conducted at Finnish secondary, upper secondary, and vocational schools, put the Centre Party in third place, past the True Finns and the SDP. More than 28.000 pupils from nearly 300 schools nationwide took part in the youth election, which was held for the eighth time.
The 200-seat parliament would have only 58 women, and the average age of those elected would be 38.6.
The trends in the youth poll differ from those taken among the voting-age population. A Parliament elected by those voting in the youth election would contain several small parties that are not now in Parliament, as well as a number of immigrants. For instance, the Pirate Party would get as many seats in Parliament as the Left Alliance.
Political researcher Lauri Rapeli of the University of Turku does not expect to see many MPs with an immigrant background in the real Parliament after Sunday’s elections.
Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi (Centre) would not have won a seat in Parliament if the youth election would have determined the result. True Finns leader Timo Soini got the largest number of personal votes.
Helsingin Sanomat itnereviewed members of a group of pupils from the Helsinki Senior High School of Visual Arts during their field trip to the National Museum. One pupil was enthusiastic about Timo Soini, while another said that she would move out of Finland if Soini became the Prime Minister.