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Pictures: Election, Euros, and the Environment

Pictures: Election, Euros, and the Environment

Ballots are counted in Aberdeen after Scotland went to the polls.

Three major news events dominated headlines in 2021, apart from the pandemic.

The SNP won a fourth term as government in the Scottish Parliament election of May, but they were not close to the majority they wanted.

A month later, Scotland played twice in Glasgow as they returned to football’s biggest stage at the Euros, and in November, world leaders visited the city for the COP26 climate summit.

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Here are some images from the past.

Holyrood election

Ballots are counted in Aberdeen after Scotland went to the polls.Peter Summers via Getty Images
After Scotland went to the polls, the ballots were counted in Scotland.
Former first minister Alex Salmond's hopes of returning to parliament were dashed.STV News
Former first minister Alex Salmond’s hopes of returning to parliament were dashed.
Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross arrives for the count in Moray.STV News
Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, arrives in Moray to count.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon poses with her new cabinet outside Bute House.Jeff J Mitchell via Getty Images
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, poses outside Bute House with her new cabinet.

Euro 2020

Scotland fans arrive early for their first match against Czech Republic at Hampden.Euan Cherry via SNS Group
Fans from Scotland arrive early to watch their first match against Czech Republic at Hampden.
Only 12,000 fans were allowed inside Hampden, although it sounded like a lot more.Craig Williamson via SNS Group
Hampden was restricted to 12,000 fans, but it sounded like there were many more.
The highlight of Scotland's campaign was a 0-0 draw against England at Wembley.
The highlight of Scotland’s campaign was a 0-0 draw against England at Wembley.
Scotland didn't reach the knockouts stages, but that didn't stop the party in George Square.Euan Cherry via SNS Group
Scotland didn’t reach the knockouts stages, but that didn’t stop the party in George Square.
Andy Robertson contemplates what might have been after Scotland's group-stage exit.SNS Group via SNS Group
Andy Robertson contemplates what might have been after Scotland’s group-stage exit.

COP26 climate summit

Climate protesters march through Glasgow.Jeff J Mitchell via Getty Images
Glasgow is the scene of climate protesters.
Inside the 'blue zone' where negotiators tried to thrash out a deal.STV News
Inside the ‘blue zone’ where negotiators tried to thrash out a deal.
This demonstration saw hundreds of climate activists march through Glasgow.STV News
This demonstration saw hundreds marched through Glasgow by climate activists.
Former US president Barack Obama brought a touch of stardust to proceedings.Christopher Furlong via Getty Images
Barack Obama, former president of the United States, added a touch stardust to proceedings.
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