Centre Party (Finland)

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The Centre Party of Finland (Suomen Keskusta, Kesk; Centern i Finland) is a centrist, liberal, and agrarian political party in Finland.wikipedia
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Kyösti Kallio

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In the 1920s, the party emerged as the main rival to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the party's first Prime Minister, Kyösti Kallio, held the office four times between 1922 and 1937. The Party formed many centrist minority governments with National Progressive Party and got its first Prime Ministers Kyösti Kallio 1922 and Juho Sunila 1927.
He was a prominent leader of the Agrarian League, and served as Prime Minister four times and Speaker of the Parliament six times.

List of political parties in Finland

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The Centre Party of Finland (Suomen Keskusta, Kesk; Centern i Finland) is a centrist, liberal, and agrarian political party in Finland.

Matti Vanhanen

The very same man who never runs out of tarts and baked potatoes.Vanhanen
The Centre Party was the largest party in Parliament from 2003 to 2011, during which time Matti Vanhanen was Prime Minister for seven years.
He was also Chairman of the Centre Party, and in the second half of 2006 he was President of the European Council.

2011 Finnish parliamentary election

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Following the 2011 election, the party was reduced in parliamentary representation from the largest party to the fourth largest, but in 2015 it reclaimed its status as the largest party.
Small differences in the opinion polls for the traditional three big parties (the National Coalition Party, the Centre Party and the Social Democratic Party) and the surprising rise in support for the True Finns also electrified the atmosphere ahead of the election.

Finnish Centre Youth

Helsinki Centre Youth
The Finnish Centre Party is the mother organisation of Finnish Centre Youth, Finnish Centre Students, and Finnish Centre Women.
It is the youth wing of the Centre Party.

National Coalition Party

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It is one of the four largest political parties in the country, along with the National Coalition Party, SDP and Finns Party. In the parliamentary election 1933 the main campaign issues were the differing attitudes towards democracy and the rule of law between the Patriotic Electoral Alliance (National Coalition Party and Patriotic People's Movement) and the Legality Front (Social Democrats, Agrarian League, Swedish People's Party and Progressives).
Founded in 1918, the National Coalition Party is one of the three largest parties in Finland, along with the Social Democratic Party and the Centre Party.

Finnish Centre Students

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The Finnish Centre Party is the mother organisation of Finnish Centre Youth, Finnish Centre Students, and Finnish Centre Women.
Finnish Centre Students Keskustan Opiskelijaliitto (KOL) / Keskustaopiskelijat is one of the oldest political student organizations in Finland and the student wing of the Centre Party.

Juha Sipilä

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The Centre Party chairman is Juha Sipilä, who was elected in June 2012 to follow Mari Kiviniemi, the former Prime Minister of Finland.
He has been the leader of the Centre Party since 9 June 2012.

Urho Kekkonen

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Urho Kekkonen served as President of Finland from 1956 to 1982: by far the longest period of any President.
Matti Kekkonen served as a Centre Party member of Parliament from 1958 to 1969, and Taneli Kekkonen worked as an ambassador in Belgrade, Athens, Rome, Malta, Warsaw and Tel Aviv.

Social Democratic Party of Finland

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In the 1920s, the party emerged as the main rival to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the party's first Prime Minister, Kyösti Kallio, held the office four times between 1922 and 1937. In the parliamentary election 1933 the main campaign issues were the differing attitudes towards democracy and the rule of law between the Patriotic Electoral Alliance (National Coalition Party and Patriotic People's Movement) and the Legality Front (Social Democrats, Agrarian League, Swedish People's Party and Progressives).
During this time, the political field was divided roughly equally between the Social Democrats, Communists and the Agrarian League, each party commanding some 25% of the vote.

List of Presidents of Finland

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12 of the Prime Ministers of Finland, three of the Presidents and a former European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs have been from the party.

Nordic agrarian parties

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As a Nordic agrarian party, the Centre Party's political influence is greatest in small and rural municipalities, where it often holds a majority of the seats in the municipal councils.
At this time three of them renamed themselves to Centre Party, with the Finnish Centre Party being the last to do so, in 1965.

Decentralization

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Founded in 1906 as the Agrarian League, the party represented rural communities and supported decentralisation of political power from Helsinki.
In Finland, the Centre Party explicitly supports decentralization.

Santeri Alkio

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Santeri Alkio was the most important ideological father of the party.
He is also considered to be the ideological father of Finnish Centre Party.

Prime Minister of Finland

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The Centre Party chairman is Juha Sipilä, who was elected in June 2012 to follow Mari Kiviniemi, the former Prime Minister of Finland.
Finland's incumbent prime minister is Juha Sipilä of the Centre Party.

Finnish Rural Party

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As a result, Vennamo immediately started building his own organisation and founded a new party, the Finnish Rural Party (Suomen maaseudun puolue, SMP) in 1959.
Starting as a breakaway faction of the Agrarian League in 1959, the party was identified with the person of Veikko Vennamo, a former Agrarian League Member of Parliament known for his opposition to the politics of President Urho Kekkonen.

Juho Sunila

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The Party formed many centrist minority governments with National Progressive Party and got its first Prime Ministers Kyösti Kallio 1922 and Juho Sunila 1927.
Johan (Juho) Emil Sunila (August 16, 1875 in Liminka – October 2, 1936 in Helsinki) was a Finnish politician from the Agrarian League, the managing director of the agrarian finance board, and Prime Minister of Finland in two cabinets.

Finnish Civil War

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Because around 40 Social Democratic members of the Parliament had escaped to Russia after the Finnish Civil War and about 50 others had been arrested, the Agrarian League members of the Parliament became the only republicans in Parliament in 1918.
the social reformist, centrist Agrarian League, which drew its support mainly from peasants with small or middle-sized farms; and

Paavo Väyrynen

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The party has a more conservative wing, and prominent conservatives within the party, such as Paavo Väyrynen, have criticised overt economic and social liberalism.
Paavo Matti Väyrynen (born 2 September 1946) is a Finnish veteran politician and a member of the Finnish Parliament, representing the Seven Star Movement and formerly the Citizen's Party and Centre Party.

Finns Party

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It is one of the four largest political parties in the country, along with the National Coalition Party, SDP and Finns Party.
Vennamo was a populist and became a critic of President Urho Kekkonen and of political corruption within the "old parties", particularly the Centre Party (the renamed Agrarian League).

2015 Finnish parliamentary election

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Following the 2011 election, the party was reduced in parliamentary representation from the largest party to the fourth largest, but in 2015 it reclaimed its status as the largest party.

Anneli Jäätteenmäki

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Anneli Jäätteenmäki preceded Vanhanen and she was the first woman as a Prime Minister of Finland.
She was elected as chairwoman of the Centre Party of Finland from 18 June 2000 to 5 October 2003, although the first year was as acting leader during Esko Aho's sabbatical leave to lecture at Harvard University.

Veikko Vennamo

Veikko Vennamo, a vocal Agrarian politician, ran into serious disagreement particularly with Arvo Korsimo, then Party Secretary of the Agrarian Union, and was excluded from the parliamentary group.
He had originally been the leader of a faction of the Agrarian League.

Esko Aho

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In June 1994 the party congress decided to support EU membership (by 1607 votes to 834), but only after the Prime Minister and party chairman Esko Aho threatened to resign if the party were to oppose the membership.
He became Chairman of the Centre Party in 1990, a position that he held until 2002.

Swedish People's Party of Finland

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In the parliamentary election 1933 the main campaign issues were the differing attitudes towards democracy and the rule of law between the Patriotic Electoral Alliance (National Coalition Party and Patriotic People's Movement) and the Legality Front (Social Democrats, Agrarian League, Swedish People's Party and Progressives).
It has been part of all coalitions with the significant exception of Paasio's first cabinet (1966–68), which included only socialists (Social Democratic Party (SDP), the split SDP faction Social Democratic Union of Workers and Smallholders and Finnish People's Democratic League) and the Centre Party.