The petition was organized by Finnish MEP Paavo Vayrynen, a veteran politician and former presidential candidate from the Center Party, who has also served as a Finland's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
It requests parliament to order a national referendum on the Eurozone, of which Finland is a founder member. In 1998 Finnish parliamentarians decided to join the single currency, and the following year the euro replaced the markka, Finland's currency since 1860.
"The euro area has not developed as was presented to the parliament in 1998. Affiliation with it has caused financial loss to Finland, unemployment and bad government deficit," the European Citizen's Initiative reads.
Hyvä Paavo! Nostan hattuani korkealle, olettaen että sellainen minulla olisi. Jotenkin sellainen tuntu, että sekä… https://t.co/5PRMgSGRHl— Tuomo Hirvi (@TuomoHirvi) 15 ноября 2015
Vayrynen is continuing to collect signatures for the petition, which Finns were able to sign both on paper and electronically.
"The collection will continue. Some of the signatures may be discarded because some people could have signed the initiative twice," said the MEP, who began collecting signatures for the petition four months ago, and had collected 42,000 signatures after two months.
The signatures are currently being verified by Finland's Population Register Center, which will then forward the initiative to parliament.