The Finns Party rose from receiving 4% of the vote in the 2007 parliamentary election to receiving almost 18% in 2015. In 2015, the party joined Finland's governing three-party coalition, remaining in the government until 2017.
In June 2017, the Finns Party elected Jussi Halla-aho, a strong Eurosceptic and opponent of immigration, as its leader, jeopardizing the governing coalition with the two moderate parties. The crisis ended when the liberal faction of the party, which held the party's positions in Finland's government, split and formed a new party.
Despite this, the party performed very well in the 2019 parliamentary elections, regaining all its lost seats and even gaining a seat from its 2015 performance.
The Finns Party is described as nationalist, populist, and Euroskeptic. It is a member of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe. It has supported referendums on European Union and Euro membership, and it supports giving EU member states the ability to leave the Euro without leaving the EU. To the displeasure of the Left, establishment, and media, the Finns Party stands against climate alarmism.
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