This article gives an overview of liberalism and centrism in Finland. It is limited to liberal and centrist parties with substantial support, mainly proved by having had a representation in parliament. The sign ⇒ means a reference to another party in that scheme. For inclusion in this scheme it is not necessary so that parties labeled themselves as a liberal party.

Liberalism was a major force in Finland since 1894. After independence the current gradually decreased. A major other force, agrarianism, choose in 1965 to develop itself into a more centrist current. The liberal character of the Finnish Center (Suomen Keskusta), member of LI and ELDR, is based on liberal ideas like decentralization, peasant-like freedom and progressivism.[1] The Swedish minority party Swedish People's Party (Svenska Folkpartiet i Finland) is also a member of LI, ELDR. The original liberal current is now organized in the Liberals (Liberaalit), a very small extra-parliamentary party. At the autonomous island of Åland the Liberals for Åland (Liberalerna på Åland) are a dominant force.

The timeline

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Liberal Club / Liberal Party

From Young Finnish Party to Liberals

Swedish People's Party

People's Party

Free-minded League

Centre Party / Finnish Centre



Liberals for Åland

Centre Party

Liberal and centrist leaders

Liberal thinkers

In the Contributions to liberal theory the following Finnish thinker is included:

See also


  1. ^ "Mylly, Juhani. Maalaisliitto-Keskustan historia II".
  2. ^ "Pohtiva - Liberaalisen puolueen ohjelma".
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