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Vihreät - De Gröna (Green Party Finland)

The Greens in Finland

The Greens work for a fair change, and today the worldwide green movement is needed more than ever!

 

The Greens work for a fair change, and today the worldwide green movement is needed more than ever. Climate change is threatening the future of our environment and of our way of life. People's well-being is threatened by changes in working life caused by the global economy.

The green movement is offering a fair and safe solution. We want the world to be in a better state for the future generations. You can read more about our values and principles from the Greens' Statement of principles.

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.

Background

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.

Local Councillors

Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto
  
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Mari Holopainen
  
Otso Kivekäs
  
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Tuuli Kousa
  
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Osmo Soininvaara
  

MPs

Antero Vartia Kansanedustaja (MP)
Emma Kari Kansanedustaja (MP)
Hanna Halmeenpää Kansanedustaja (MP)
Heidi Hautala Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
Heli Järvinen Kansanedustaja (MP)
Jani Toivola Kansanedustaja (MP)
Johanna Karimäki Kansanedustaja (MP)
Jyrki Kasvi Kansanedustaja (MP)
Krista Mikkonen Kansanedustaja (MP) & Chair of the Parliamentary Group
Olli-Poika Parviainen Kansanedustaja (MP) & Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Group
Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto Kansanedustaja (MP)
Ozan Yanar Kansanedustaja (MP)
Pekka Haavisto Kansanedustaja (MP)
Satu Hassi Kansanedustaja (MP)
Touko Aalto Party President, MP
Ville Niinistö Kansanedustaja (MP)

International Secretary

”Vi behöver en gemensam nordisk krisberedskap”

Green parties in Sweden, Norway & Finland call for a risk and ability assessment to collaboratively confront our shared climate change challenges. "We, leaders of three Nordic Green Parties, believe that in a situation where climate change is expected to give our countries a much warmer climate that makes our extensive pine forests more vulnerable to fires of the kind now raging, the Nordic... more


Keep it below 2°C

Green party presidents worldwide,
Two days before the Climate Summit in Paris, 40 presidents of Green parties from all continents launch a powerful call for action.


Fennovoima nuclear power plant in Finland – what's it all about?

Nuclear, no thanks!, Hanna Halmeenpää, Finnish Green parliamentarian, who opposes actively to nuclear energy
The Finnish nuclear power company Fennovoima's plans to build a nuclear power plant at Hankikivi has caused extensive debate in Finland. The reason is not only that nuclear energy is not a solution for the future. There are other reasons to oppose the project, too. One of the main reasons for criticism is that Fennovoima is building the plant together with the Russian energy company Rosatom,... more


Victory for the Finnish Greens in the Parliamentary Election

Party leader Ville Niinistö
The Finnish parliamentary election took place on Sunday 17th of April, 2015. The Finnish Greens got an outstanding result: 8,5 % and 15 seats. This is an increase of 5 seats from the previous election. More than 250 000 Finnish people voted for the Greens in Finland.- We won, says Ville Niinistö, chair of the Finnish Greens.- Our result was better than ever before. We gained seats in new areas,... more


The 1999 European Elections - another breakthrough for the Greens

By Thomas Dietz Twenty years ago, in June 1979, the first elections to the European parliament were held. The results for the few, at that time only loosely organised green lists contesting the elections were already considerable, but not good enough to send any representatives to the European Parliament. Ten years later the greens could achieve an almost sensational breakthrough. In 1999, they... more


Year Date % of vote Number of votes Reps Elected
2015 20 Apr 8.5%  252872 15
2011 18 Apr 7.3%  213172 10
2007 18 Mar 8.5%  15

Vihreät De Gröna, Congress

16 June, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10 to Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 15


Regional European Ideas Lab - Copenhagen

3 May, 2018
Following the success of the second European Ideas Lab in Brussels, the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and the European Green Party, together with the Socialistisk Folkeparti, are proud to invite you to the next European Ideas Lab – taking place in Copenhagen from May 4th, 14.00 until May 5th at 18.00.


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News about Vihreät - De Gröna (Green Party Finland)

”Vi behöver en gemensam nordisk krisberedskap”

Green parties in Sweden, Norway & Finland call for a risk and ability assessment to collaboratively confront our shared climate change challenges. "We, leaders of three Nordic Green Parties, believe that in a situation where climate change is expected to give our countries a much warmer climate that makes our extensive pine forests more vulnerable to fires of the kind now raging, the Nordic... more


Keep it below 2°C

Green party presidents worldwide,
Two days before the Climate Summit in Paris, 40 presidents of Green parties from all continents launch a powerful call for action.


Fennovoima nuclear power plant in Finland – what's it all about?

Nuclear, no thanks!, Hanna Halmeenpää, Finnish Green parliamentarian, who opposes actively to nuclear energy
The Finnish nuclear power company Fennovoima's plans to build a nuclear power plant at Hankikivi has caused extensive debate in Finland. The reason is not only that nuclear energy is not a solution for the future. There are other reasons to oppose the project, too. One of the main reasons for criticism is that Fennovoima is building the plant together with the Russian energy company Rosatom,... more


Victory for the Finnish Greens in the Parliamentary Election

Party leader Ville Niinistö
The Finnish parliamentary election took place on Sunday 17th of April, 2015. The Finnish Greens got an outstanding result: 8,5 % and 15 seats. This is an increase of 5 seats from the previous election. More than 250 000 Finnish people voted for the Greens in Finland.- We won, says Ville Niinistö, chair of the Finnish Greens.- Our result was better than ever before. We gained seats in new areas,... more


The 1999 European Elections - another breakthrough for the Greens

By Thomas Dietz Twenty years ago, in June 1979, the first elections to the European parliament were held. The results for the few, at that time only loosely organised green lists contesting the elections were already considerable, but not good enough to send any representatives to the European Parliament. Ten years later the greens could achieve an almost sensational breakthrough. In 1999, they... more


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