Finnish parliamentary election, 1991
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Parliamentary elections were held in Finland on 17 March 1991, the first time a Finnish parliamentary election had been held on a single day. For the first time since 1962 the Social Democratic Party was displaced as the largest party in the Eduskunta, with the Centre Party winning 55 seats and forming the first centre-right government since 1964, with Esko Aho as Prime Minister.
|Social Democratic Party||603,080||22.1||48||–8|
|National Coalition Party||526,487||19.3||40||–13|
|Swedish People's Party||149,476||5.5||11||–1|
|Finnish Rural Party||132,133||4.8||7||–2|
|Finnish Christian League||83,151||3.1||8||+3|
|Liberal People's Party||21,210||0.8||1||+1|
|Constitutional Right Party||7,599||0.3||0||0|
|Communist Workers' Party – For Peace and Socialism||6,201||0.2||0||New|
|Independent Non-aligned Pensioners||5,230||0.2||0||New|
|Joint Responsibility Party of Pensioners and the Greens||2,807||0.1||0||New|
The new government would not have an easy time governing the country. The fall of the Soviet Union caused a collapse in trade with the east, which together with a worldwide recession, caused major economic problems including high unemployment and ballooning budget deficits. In response, the government adopted strict austerity measures, such as cuts in public spending, the unpopularity of which led to the government's defeat in the 1995 elections.