Not only is this year important for Americans, it’s election time in Finland too. Municipal elections to be precise. Last year’s general elections brought forward the big surprise of True Finn- party rising to the ranks of big political parties and now the bets are on they’re going to win big time again. I voted a True Finn- candidate last year because I felt betrayed by the Green Party who failed to prevent the new nuclear power plant and Social Democrats, who, well, basically are republicans hiding in communist’s clothes.
So how am I preparing for the election? Various media outlets have questionnaires for finding suitable candidates, like YLE, MTV3 and Helsingin Sanomat and naturally I tried all of them. How did it work out for me? Not well. Not a single candidate in the top 10 was the same in all three. So instead of narrowing things down, I’ve gotten 30 choices. Woot. Not only that, most of the candidates suggested, are from the Green Party. The party I swore I wouldn’t ever vote again because the Nuclear Power Fiasco.
So what is a girl to do? True Finn’s had only 1 candidate in the TOP 30, Green Party and Social Democrats are a definite no-no. National Coalition Party? Don’t make me laugh/want to punch you in the face. Christian Democrats? Since I’m all for LGBT- rights then hell to the no. Swedish People’s Party of Finland? Um. No. That’s another political hot potato that can make me rant for hours. Centre Party? They have strong support in the rural areas, Lapland included but as a child of the big recession of 90s, I and many others of my generation, still pay for the decisions made then so they are a forever no-no too. What are my options? There’s only one woman that showed up on two lists and that’s Susanna Kaukinen from the Left Alliance. Is she my candidate? She agrees on many points with me, she’s an engineer so there’s the bonus point for the geek factor and she’s not too old, about 40. To be sure, I’m going to re-do the questionnaires tomorrow to see if I get the same results. If I do, there’s still the final phase of cyber stalking the candidate before I make my informed decision.
How about you? Do you vote? Where do you vote? When are you voting? Why do you vote and do you stalk your candidate? If you are interested, here’s a link to a list of Finnish Political Parties on Wikipedia.
Thrifty Finn calls it a night and goes to sleep feeling a like a good citizen.