Independent groups win in local elections
In the municipal elections, various local groups of independent candidates are leading with all districts now counted in. Among the established political parties, Christian Democrats have won, followed by the Social Democrats and the Communist Party. The independent candidates gained over 40,000 posts on municipal councils, which is 3,000 more than in the previous elections. The Civic Democrats suffered a defeat, losing more than half of their seats on municipal councils. The turnout in the municipal elections was 44.46 percent, which is slightly lower than in the previous vote four years ago.