After the first round of voting, the leading vote receiver by far was Sauli Niinistö of the National Coalition Party and the runner-up was Pekka Haavisto of the Green Party. What I have heard is that the National Coalition Party would be like the "Republican" party of Finland, but supposedly the Republican party in Finland is much more moderate than the Republican party in the USA. They probably would closer align to the United States Democratic party. Also, Niinistö is known as being a moderate candidate even in the National Coalition Party of Finland. I find it interesting that he has even been described as being Bohemian by some people. That is definitely not a description you would typically apply to a Republican. :) Right now, Niinistö is the most popular choice and seems to be heading towards becoming the next president of Finland unless something short of a miracle happens to Pekka Haavisto. Haavisto, from the Green party is a very interesting runner-up who received more votes than the 6 other candidates. Many were surprised (probably not just in Finland) that a Green party candidate received as many votes as he did and that he even has a slim chance to become the next president of Finland. I read something on the internet that a Green party candidate has never become a leader of a nation. I guess in a nation like Finland this would be a huge achievement. I honestly don't know enough about the candidates and Finnish politics to take a side on this, but I do like the values of the Green Party and would find it interesting should the "Green" candidate claim victory. May the best man win!
|Haavisto (left) Niinistö (right)|