Agrarian League (Finland)

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Agrarian League (Finnish: Maalaisliitto) was a merger of the Young Finnish Agrarian League of the Southern Ostrobothnia to the League of the Rural People of Finland. Together they formed the Agrarian League to win 10 seats in the parliamentary elections in 1908. Otto Karhi was the first chairman of the Agrarian League. Under Johannes Virolainen's chairmanship the name of the party was changed the Center Party (Finnish: Keskustapuolue) in 1965 and then during Paavo Väyrynen's period Center Party of Finland (Finnish: Suomen Keskusta in 1988. The Väyrynen's proposal for the name was Keskusta - Centern. The official translation of Suomen Keskusta, literally Centre of Finland is Centre Party in Finland, which gives the idea of global centre movement, which did exist between the world wars in its Agrarian forms mainly only in the Nordic countries and Bulgaria. More: Centre Party (Finland)

Parliamentary elections 1908-1962[edit]

Parliamentary elections
Year MPs Votes
1908 10 51,756 6.39%
1909 13 56,943 6.73%
1910 17 60,157 7.60%
1911 16 62,885 7.84%
1913 18 56,977 7.87%
1916 19 71,608 9.00%
1917 26 122,900 12.38%
1919 42 189,297 19.70%
1922 45 175,401 20.27%
1924 44 177,982 20.25%
1927 52 205,313 22.56%
1929 60 248,762 26.15%
1930 59 308,280 27.28%
1933 53 249,758 22.54%
1936 53 262,917 22.41%
1939 56 296,529 22.86%
1945 49 362,662 21.35%
   
Year MPs Votes
1948 56 455,635 24.24%
1951 51 421,613 23.26%
1954 53 483,958 24.10%
1958 48 448,364 23.06%
1962 53 528,409 22.95%

Presidential elections[edit]

indirect elections
Year Candidate Electors Votes
1925 Lauri Kristian Relander, elected 69 123,932 19.9%
1931 Kyösti Kallio 69 167,574 20.0%
1937 Kyösti Kallio, elected 56 184,668 16.6%
1950 Urho Kekkonen 62 309,060 19.6%
1956 Urho Kekkonen, elected 88 510,783 26.9%
1962 Urho Kekkonen, elected 111 698,199 31.7%