Crystal Party
Kristallipuolue
ChairpersonJuho Lyytikäinen
First SecretaryOlivia Kauppinen
Founded2014[1]
Registered2021[1]
HeadquartersRiihimäki
IdeologySpirituality[1]
Vaccine hesitancy
Hard Euroscepticism[2]
Political positionSyncretic[1]
Website
www.kristallipuolue.fi Edit this at Wikidata

The Crystal Party (Finnish: Kristallipuolue, Swedish: Kristallpartiet) is a Finnish party that was registered in 2021. The founding meeting of the association that would become the Crystal Party was held on 6 December 2013 by five people.[3] The association was registered in April 2014.[4] The association started gathering signatures in order to register as a political party and reached the required 5000 signatures in March 2021.[1]

Ideology

The party opposes vaccine mandates and espouses COVID-19 conspiracy theories. Its chairperson, Juho Lyytikäinen, has called Bill Gates "world's most influential doctor" and claims that the pandemic is orchestrated by the World Health Organization. The party also believes that "Western" medicine is not enough to answer all the questions regarding modern health problems.[5] Instead, it supports "alternative medicine" like homeopathy and advocates for official recognition of such treatments.[2]

Electoral success

In 2020, a city councillor in Polvijärvi was expelled from the Social Democratic Party after denying the Holocaust.[6] She later founded a councillor group for the Crystal Party and thus became the party's first and so far only municipal councillor.[7]

The Crystal Party took part in its first elections during the 2021 municipal elections. The party won 6,285 votes (0.3% of overall share) at the national level. None of its candidates were elected.[8] One of the best-known candidates of the party was Maria Nordin, a controversial wellness coach.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Tällaisia arvoja puoluerekisteriin noussut Kristallipuolue kannattaa". www.iltalehti.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  2. ^ a b c "Kiistelty hyvinvointivalmentaja Maria Nordin ja "ideologisesti työtön" Ossi Nyman pyrkivät Helsingin päättäjiksi – Tällaista politiikkaa pienpuolueet ajavat". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 2021-06-01. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  3. ^ "Tarina" (in Finnish). Crystal Party. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  4. ^ "Kristallipuolue r.p., Kristall Parti r.p." Kauppalehti (in Finnish). Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  5. ^ "Kristallipuolue kannattaa vaihtoehtohoitoja ja kieltää koronan: "On etukäteen päätetty, että pandemia laitetaan pystyyn"". mtvuutiset.fi (in Finnish). 2021-06-12. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  6. ^ "Polvijärveläinen valtuutettu vähätteli holokaustia – kunta irtisanoutuu kirjoituksesta". Yle Uutiset (in Finnish). Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  7. ^ "UUSI VAIHE ALKAA!". Crystal Party. 2020. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  8. ^ "Yle - Result service - Whole country - Municipal Elections 2021 - Yle.fi". vaalit.yle.fi. Retrieved 2021-06-14.