Movement Now[2] (Finnish: Liike Nyt [ˈliːke nyt], abbr. Liik; Swedish: Rörelse nu) is an economically liberal political party in Finland.[3]

Movement Now
Liike Nyt
Rörelse nu
Swedish nameRörelse nu[1]
AbbreviationLiik
ChairpersonHarry Harkimo
SecretaryJuhani Klemetti
General SecretaryIina Ilmarinen
Parliamentary group leaderHarry Harkimo
Deputy chairKaroliina Kähönen
FoundersHarry Harkimo
Mikael Jungner
Alex Nieminen [fi]
Helene Auramo
Karoliina Kähönen
Sarian Antila
Tuomas Enbuske
Founded18 April 2018 (2018-04-18)
Split fromNational Coalition Party
HeadquartersAbrahaminkatu, Helsinki
Youth wingLiike Nyt Nuoret [fi]
Women's wingLiikkeen Naiset [fi]
Membership (2018)8,000
IdeologyEconomic liberalism
Political positionCentre-right
Colors  Fuchsia
Parliament of Finland
1 / 200
European Parliament
0 / 14
Municipalities
49 / 8,859
County seats
20 / 1,379
Website
liikenyt.fi Edit this at Wikidata

It was founded by then-National Coalition Party (NCP) member of parliament (MP) Harry "Hjallis" Harkimo and seven other people as a political movement. The movement was registered as a party on 14 November 2019.[4] It is positioned on the centre-right on the political spectrum.[5] Among young people this party is 20 times more popular than among the general population.[6]

History edit

On 19 April 2018, member of parliament (MP) Harry Harkimo announced that he would resign from his party, the NCP. On 21 April, he announced that he had founded a political movement of his own called Movement Now.[7] The movement had been founded by him and seven others and registered with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office [fi] one day before Harkimo's resignation from the NCP.[8] The seven founding members are Harkimo, former SDP party secretary Mikael Jungner, Alex Nieminen [fi], Helene Auramo, Karoliina Kähönen, Sarian Antila, and Tuomas Enbuske.[9]

Harkimo subsequently formed a one-man parliamentary group,[10] the Movement Now parliamentary group [fi], in the Parliament of Finland.[11] On 21 January 2019, an MP of the Blue Reform and former Speaker of the Parliament of Finland Maria Lohela announced that she would leave the Blue Reform in order to join Liike Nyt's parliamentary group.[12] In addition to the Parliament, the movement has gained members in municipalities. The group Parempi Heinola in the city assembly of Heinola joined Liike Nyt. With its eight members out of a total of 43, the movement is the largest in Heinola.[13][14] A similar association with the Uusi Jämsä group of Jämsä was agreed upon in August 2018. Uusi Jämsä was the third largest group in the city council when joining the movement with its six members.[15]

In the 2019 Finnish parliamentary election, Harkimo was elected to the parliament as the sole representative from Movement Now.[16] A hundred and fifteen candidates stood for election, short of the movement's target of 150.[17] Besides Harkimo, candidates included another founder of the party Auramo, and the former's parliamentary assistant [fi] Mirita Saxberg.[18] Because the movement was not a registered party, each of its candidates had to gather signatures of at least 100 voters to form a constituency association [fi].[17] The party used controversial microtargeting in its campaign advertising.[19]

In June 2019, Harkimo announced that the Movement Now would start collecting signed support cards in order to become a registered political party.[20] The Ministry of Justice announced on 14 November 2019 that Movement Now had been registered as a political party.[21]

Political stances edit

 
Hjallis Harkimo is the founder and chairman of the party

Thirty core principles were agreed upon by members. Besides these, candidates are not aligned ideologically with the group and are allowed to take independent stances on local issues. Election themes include Baltic Sea clean up and social security for entrepreneurs.[22]

The party defends generally liberal policies. In economics, it supports reducing the corporate tax and what they see as unnecessary regulations on businesses, and in social policy, the party defends legalizing the sale of alcohol in grocery stores.

In international policy, although the party believes that the European Union has been beneficial for Finland in many respects, the Euro currency has not, and that the debt and migration crises, along with Brexit, has forced the EU to reconsider in which areas Brussels is needed and where it is not. The party opposes a European superstate.

It also supports achieving carbon neutrality by 2045, instead of the Marin government's target of 2035, believing the latter to be unrealistic. The party also supports nuclear power.

The party believes in expanding private health care as a way of reducing queues in public health facilities.

It also believes that Finland should adopt a national D visa entitling skilled migrants to work while at the same time keeping out migrants who would be a burden on society. The party also advocates reforming the asylum system and mandating that immigrants should be integrated so that they become part of Finnish society, and that employment plans should be drawn up for all immigrants over the age of 18. It also believes that all incoming immigrants should prove that they will be active members in Finnish society, and that those who provide false information or committed serious crimes such as terrorism should be deported.

The main six principles of the party are:[23]

  1. Everybody should be taken care of
  2. A free market is a good way to develop society, if its rules are fair
  3. Climate change is real and decisions must be taken in an environmentally sustainable manner
  4. Entrepreneurship is the most effective way to do things if given space
  5. Valuing the individual
  6. Pro-Europeanism

Election results edit

Parliament of Finland edit

Election Votes % Seats +/- Government
2019 69,427 2.25
1 / 200
New Opposition
2023 74,962 2.42
1 / 200
  0 Opposition

Municipal elections edit

Election Councillors Votes %
2021 49 38,943 1.6

Presidential elections edit

Election Candidate 1st round 2nd round Result
Votes % Votes %
2024 Hjallis Harkimo 17,013 0.5 (#9) Lost

Organization edit

The party's headquarters are on Abrahaminkatu in Helsinki.[24] The party has about 8,000 members,[25] and employs four people full-time.[24] The chairperson of the party is Harry Harkimo.[9]

Notes edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Här är listan på alla som är med i Harkimos nya rörelse". Hufvudstadsbladet (in Swedish). 23 April 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Extra-parliamentary parties band together ahead of April elections". Yle News. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. ^ Karkkola, Minna (7 May 2018). "Tutkija löysi paradoksin Hjallis Harkimon liikkeestä: 'Saadaanko tavoitteella tismalleen päinvastainen lopputulos?'". Uusi Suomi (in Finnish). Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Liike NYT merkittiin puoluerekisteriin". 14 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Finland - Parties". Europe Elects. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  6. ^ Merikukka, Salla (16 January 2024). "Nuorten vaaleissa annettiin ennätykselliset 94 456 ääntä – nuorten suosikki presidentiksi on Alexander Stubb". Allianssi (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  7. ^ "NCP defector Harkimo co-founds new political movement – 'Not a party'". Yle Uutiset. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  8. ^ Honkamaa, Antti; Nykänen, Riika (19 April 2018). "Harkimo on perustamassa uutta yhdistystä: Liike Nyt ry:n tiedoista paljastuu kiinnostava nimi". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  9. ^ a b Räsänen, Jukka-Pekka (21 April 2018). "Nimet julki: he ovat Liike Nytin taustalla". Savon Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  10. ^ Ijäs, Johannes (27 April 2018). "Harkimo (liik) siirretään perussuomalaisten ja keskustan väliin takariviin". Demokraatti (in Finnish). Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Members of Parliament". Parliament of Finland. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Kansanedustaja Maria Lohela loikkaa sinisistä Harkimon Liike Nytiin – sote-uudistus vaarassa kaatua". Yle. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  13. ^ Nieminen, Janne (14 June 2018). "Parempi Heinola -yhdistys mukaan Liike Nytiin – Harkimon mukaan kiinnostusta on muuallakin, kuten Kärkölässä". Etelä-Suomen Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Valtuusto" (in Finnish). City of Heinola. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Harkimo kaappasi jo toisen valtuustoryhmän maakunnasta – Uusi Jämsä liittyy Liike Nytiin" (in Finnish). Yle. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Pienryhmistä ei eduskuntaan mennä, poikkeuksena vain Hjallis Harkimo". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). 15 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Liike Nyt jäi tavoitteestaan – ei saanut kasaan 150 ehdokasta eduskuntavaaleihin". Uusi Suomi (in Finnish). 6 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  18. ^ Vartiainen, Niko; Nalbantoglu, Minna (7 January 2019). "Liike Nyt asetti ensimmäiset ehdokkaansa eduskuntavaaleihin". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  19. ^ Mansikka, Ossi (14 March 2019). "Trumpin valinnan ja brexitin ratkaisi osin somessa tehtävä mikrotargetointi – Suomessa kaksi puoluetta tekee samaa". Nyt (in Finnish). Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Harkimon Liike Nyt aikoo rekisteröityä puolueeksi – "Jouduin nöyrtymään"" (in Finnish). Yle. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Liike Nyt merkittiin puoluerekisteriin" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Movement Now announces parliamentary election bid". Yle Uutiset. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Liikkeen kuusi perusperiaatetta". Liike Nyt (in Finnish). Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  24. ^ a b Lohilahti, Oona (7 July 2018). "Liike Nyt on hankkinut toimiston ja työntekijöitä, ensi viikolla julkaistaan toisen nettiäänestyksen tulokset – siinä saattaa myös ratketa Harry Harkimon sote-kanta". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  25. ^ Välimaa, Mikko (25 April 2018). "Harkimon ja Jungnerin Liike Nyt houkutellut liki 7 700 ihmistä – 'Haemme nyt aktiiveja Helsingin ulkopuolelle'". Helsingin Uutiset (in Finnish). Retrieved 29 June 2018.

Further reading edit

  • Harkimo, Hjallis (2018). Suoraan sanottuna (in Finnish). Helsinki: WSOY. ISBN 9789510436479.

External links edit