Officials said the resignation was mainly due to the virtual failure of the coalition government's plan to reform the public healthcare system, which has been crucial to the ruling coalition's plan to balance public finances. "I take responsibility for the failure". "It has been a huge disappointment to me", Sipila said during a news conference, adding that the reform in the works "had been one of our most important projects".
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila has tendered the resignation of his government for failing to push through a social and health care reform.
Finland has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world and has been discussing reforms of its healthcare system for decades but passing any meaningful measures has proved politically all but impossible.
The planned health care reform was meant to tackle an aging population and reduce public spending by €3 billion by 2029.
Sipila, a former businessman who became a millionaire in the IT field, has been prime minister since May 2015.
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Observers said it will not make much difference as its term in office is almost over and the parliamentary election is due in April.
The Centre Party chair said that his coalition partners understood his reasons for proposing the government's resignation.
The latest polls give the Social Democrats about 21 per cent, Mr Sipila's Centre party 14 per cent, and the governing centre-right National Coalition party 17 per cent.
Last year, the latter broke up into two parties after internal divisions over tighter immigration policies.
Finland is assuming the European's Union rotating presidency on July 1.