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Mikachu Yukitatsu
30th December 2005, 05:34 AM
Finland's Next President

I do not know who to vote for so I ask for your opinion. Here is a list of the candidates:

2. Bjarne Kallis (Christian Democratic Party)

This Master of Political Science started politics in RKP, Swedish People's Party, before a religious revival. Kallis has worked hard to improve Christian Democratic Party as a chairman. At first he took up a negative attitude towards candidature, but after lots of appeal he agreed. His themes include Christian set of values, safety and responsibility both nationally and internationally. Bjarne Kallis thinks a membership of NATO is not yet of present interest. He fefutes gay marriages but allows ordination of women. Bjarne Kallis is against companies maximizing profits by help of notices to quit.

3. Sauli Niinistö (the Coalition Party)

This survivor of Tsunami has worked as Master of Laws, Senior Secretary Court of Appeal, Minister of Justice, seven years as Minister of Finance and even as a vice president of Europe's Investment Bank. In Niinistö's opinion Finland is at a "dangerous state of rest" and our government should not be content with the present but accept challenges. He finds the current security politics bouncing: Finland should keep the NATO card open and neutral. Sauli Niinistö proclaims himself 'a president of workpeople'. One of his slogans is 'The time of antithesis is over.': employees, employers, unemployed, students as well as pensioners are all Finnish working people.

4. Timo Soini (Basic Finns)

A populist converted to Catholicisim. He feels the voice of people is a voice of God. Timo Soini says EU is 'a dying mammoth' and Finland should leave it. In his opinion Norway and Switzerland, who are not in the EU, are more like Finland's company on the international level. Soini underlines Finland's own defensive forces and does not see NATO necessary. He thinks president should be strong, not a mascot nor a Master of Ceremonies.

5. Heidi Hautala (the Greens)

This Master of Agriculture and Forestry Science has a career as a member of the European parliament. She demands political sincerity with people able to influence straight and to control the wage of power. All documents should be public. Heidi hautala wants to challenge the others to think about controlling the Globalization. Rather than NATO, Hautala depends on EU and UN when it comes to international security. Hautala criticizes Security Police, the state governed by law and the relationship with Russia. A quote from her webpage: 'After the terrorist attacks of 11th of September 2001, however, security has more and more often become for a state an excuse to limit people's rights and offend human rights.'.

6. Henrik Lax (Swedish People's Party)

A lawyer whose biggest achievement has been the language law, which provides minorities with rights to have services in their own languages. Also Lax has gained experience as a member of the European Parliament. At the personal level he is a liberal, but when it comes to economics he sides with enterprises. Henrik Lax allows the registration of gay marriages and openly supports Finland's membership in NATO. He defends employer's rights. Lax declares Finland's neighbours Norway, Sweden, Russia and Estonia more important than places such as Silicon Valley, brussels and Shanghai.

7. Matti Vanhanen (the Centre Party)

An opponent of nuclear power and concrete development. Was an opponent of EU, too, but now is known as an EU specialist. Vanhanen believes compilsory planning as a cure for the lack of sites. He andvanced from a Minister of Defence to the Prime Minister after Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Finland's first and only female Preme Minister, had to quit. Matti Vanhanen does not see NATO as topical and prefers a referendum. He takes a task to reform our country for the sake of a changing global wolrd. As far as ethics are concerned, he is a liberal.

8. Arto Lahti (politically independet)

Arto Lahti collected a list of 20000 names to become a candidate. This Doctor of Economic Sciences is well versed in industrial life and enterpreneurship. He proclaims individual and entrerprisers' rights and principles of classic Liberalism. Lahti is worried about the present economic situation and sees signs of threatening depression. He wants Russia to return Karjala to Finland, an area my country lost in World War II. Lahti counts it would bring 200000 new vacancies for Finland and a lift of profile for Russia. NATO lahti does doubt and so he supports a referendum.

9. Tarja Halonen (Social Democratic Party/Left-Wind Party)

The present president of Finland. This Master of Sciences of Justice is directed towards equality questions and minorities' rights. She has been a Minister of Health and Security, a Minister of Justice and a Foreign Minister. As a president she has interfered in questions about human rights, problems and oppoturnities of the Globalization. Both Halonen's presidency and campaign have dealt with UN. She does not completely deny NATO but finds it untopical.

31st December 2005, 01:15 AM
Who's candidate #1?

31st December 2005, 05:50 AM
Vote for whoever hates the EU the most. The EU is a criminal organisation run by the inferior Germans and French, who I consider to be subspecies and nothing more than subhuman scum who should be wiped off the face of the Earth. Their blood is diseased and they all ought to be gassed.

31st December 2005, 12:43 PM
Vote for whoever hates the EU the most. The EU is a criminal organisation run by the inferior Germans and French, who I consider to be subspecies and nothing more than subhuman scum who should be wiped off the face of the Earth. Their blood is diseased and they all ought to be gassed.

Why you'd never!!

Is there an incumbent. The only thing I know about the president of finland is that she looks like Conan O'Brien.

I'd vote for Sauli Niinistö, he seems to be one of the few sane people.

Mikachu Yukitatsu
3rd January 2006, 09:13 AM
Who's candidate #1?

There is no candidate #1. It's a Finnish traditon that nobody gets that number.

Why you'd never!!

Is there an incumbent.

No, as far as I know.

The only thing I know about the president of finland is that she looks like Conan O'Brien.

Good to see you knew at least that. That's Finland's present President, Tarja Halonen, who is also one of the candidates. She is a female and I don't know how she can look like Conan though.


Austrian ViceMaster Alex
5th January 2006, 08:10 AM
There are a few candidates that sound somewhat sane and decent with their opinions to me, which are nos. 5, 6 and 9.

Ms. Hautula is very right with their views on making documents public and governments attempting to limit people's right for security's state. The latter is something I can understand for countries in danger of terrorist attacks but IMO Finland is one of the least endangered ones.

Mr. Lax is for the registration of gay marriages and seems to help minorities too, something I'd like to see of more politicians. On the other hand he sides with the enterprises? That's one of the guys who makes you work harder for less money. Booh.

Finally Ms. Halonen, electing the past president once again is never a bad idea if things don't look too bad in the country. She has experience and knows how to handle things. Besides, I always vote for the Social Democratic parties myself.

All others mentioned seem to have an opinion or two which I'm utterly against.

5th January 2006, 09:21 AM
I'll vote for candidate #2. I like his values and judgements.

Mikachu Yukitatsu
6th January 2006, 03:16 AM
I guess I should provide some information anyway. The president of Finland has no working times of annual vacation. He or she cannot give the precidency to anybody except for the supreme command of defence forces, which can be given to another Finnish citizen. If the president is somehow temporarily prevented, the prime minister or his of her deputy will replace him or her until he or she is no more prevented.

The president of Finland uses governmental power together with the goverment, which must enjoy the trust of the parliament. The president may adjudge new parliament election from a suggestion by the prime minister and after hearing the parliamentary groups.

His or her job also includes controlling the foreign politics together with the goverment, affirming the laws managed by the parliament, the supreme command of defence forces (dubbing the commissioned officers and deciding the mobilization of troops), and some less important tasks such as amnestying convicts after hearing the court of justice.

The president of Finland is elected for six years at a time.

And then about the election itself. the advance voting begins Jan 4th and ends Jan 10th. The election itself is on the 15th of January, but if I vote on that day, I would have to travel 30 kilometers or something to another town!

A recent gallup shows that Tarja Halonen has a support of 56.1%. However, if none of the candidates gets more than half of the votes, another election will be arranged. The advance voting of that one will or won't be from Jan 18th to Jan 24th and the second proper election on January 29th.

16th January 2006, 11:29 PM
tarja for the win (she flippin looks like conan, and conan has been inexplicably returning the favor of getting showtime in finland by making pro-tarja-mercials.)

Mikachu Yukitatsu
25th January 2006, 10:19 AM
I'm a little late, but anyway...

Round one is over.

Halonen got 46.3% of the votes,

Niinistö 24.1%,

Vanhanen 18.6%,

Hautala 3.5%,

Soini 3.4%,

Kallis 2.0%,

Lax 1.6% and

Lahti 0.4%.

So there is going to be another voting, chosing between Halonen and Niinistö.

I have an impression that Niinistö displays more openly the need to join NATO. Now I would like to ask NATO countries this: Do you think NATO would give a warm welcome to Finland?

25th January 2006, 03:54 PM
Maybe this is just me being cynical, but I think NATO would give a warm welcome to almost any country at this point (with a few obvious exceptions). NATO's gotten a decent amount of bad press in the last few years, so I'm sure they'd be happy to have anyone on their side who they could win over.

30th January 2006, 02:44 AM
NATO would welcome Finland. Prehaps seeing Finland join NATO could get the Swedeish to do the same. NATO is expanding rapidly. but however i see NATO dying out soon and being replaced by a European Rapid Reaction Force. Although I American i dont like to see countries be American lapdogs. countries should speak their mind. If Finland isnt a lapdog I would gladly like to see them join NATO.

Mikachu Yukitatsu
31st January 2006, 11:00 AM
Hey, many thanks for your opinions. Tarja Halonen won.

12th February 2006, 04:15 PM
COnan O Brian should be president of Finland! Or Tarja because she looks like him. LOL