Vihreät - De Gröna - Finnish Greens
State of play: success in local, national and European elections
- In 2017, the best result ever for the Greens in local elections (12,5 %)
- April 2019: the best result ever for the Greens in parliamentary elections (11,5 %)
- May 2019: the best result ever for the Greens in European elections (16,0%), becoming the second biggest European party in Finland
- June 2019: the Greens become part of a green-left government coalition headed by Social Democrats, with three ministers (foreign, interior, environment & climate)
- Around 15 % in the polls at the moment, one of the new ”big five” parties replacing the traditional ”big three”
The Greens of Finland exist to safeguard the future. We want to save the environment: biodiversity, the beauty of nature, the cleanness of air and water.
We want to save people: to put an end to misery, to achieve equality, to give everyone the freedom to lead a life in which they are true to themselves.
We want to save politics: to let people make decisions themselves, to end corruption, to enable a wide variety of opinions to be heard.
Read more in Vihreät’s Statement of Principles: Responsibility, Freedom, Caring
The roots of Vihreät are in the social and environmental movements of the of the 1970s and 1980s. Vihreät brought together several movements, including environmentalists, feminists and disability and hlbtq-activists. These were, after a long series of discussions, unified as the Finnish Green Party in 1987.
The party was formed on February 28th in 1987 and registered as a political party the year after. Nevertheless, the political movement had begun already in the early 1980s when environmental activists, feminists and other active groups started campaigning on green issues in Finland. The party was founded on a citizen movement. Still today, the party stresses openness and democratic decision-making.
In 1995, the Greens in Finland was the first European Green party to be part of a state-level Cabinet.
The first two parliamentary representatives were elected even before the party was registered, in the elections of 1983. These were the first independent representatives at the Parliament of Finland. In 1987 the number of seats rose to four, and in 1991 to ten. Now, the Greens have 15 members at the parliament.
At the local level, Greens have an important position especially in the largest cities of Finland. In the local election of 2017, the Greens had 12,5% of the vote and became the largest party in Jyväskylä and Nokia. In the capital Helsinki, the Greens maintained its position as the 2nd largest party with 24.1% of the vote.