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|Party||Candidates||Votes||%||Net percentage change in seats|
Scottish Lib Dems
|Candidates Tavish Scott||Votes 7,440||67.4%||Net percentage change in seats +19.9|
Scottish National Party
|Candidates Danus Skene||Votes 2,545||23.1%||Net percentage change in seats +11.0|
|Candidates Robina Barton||Votes 651||5.9%||Net percentage change in seats −0.7|
|Candidates Cameron Smith||Votes 405||3.7%||Net percentage change in seats +0.2|
Change compared with 2011
Up Helly Aa is an annual festival in Lerwick, Shetland, which celebrates the islands' Viking heritage.
BBC Scotland Political Editor
Tavish Scott, who returned as Lib Dem MSP for Shetland, says there is a need to rethink how an alternative government can be offered to challenge the SNP.
Hints of realignment? Perhaps - although Mr Scott declined to be drawn.
Tavish Scott of the Scottish Lib Dems who has retained his seat in Shetland says it is about time some in the SNP realise people don't like being taken for granted.
In a message to Nicola Sturgeon he said: "You don't need dodgy opinion polls to predict if you can win a second independence referendum, you just need to listen to people".
This is the most northerly seat in the UK. The Shetland Islands are nearer to Norway than England, and their Viking heritage is celebrated in the annual Up Helly Aa fire festival in January.
The main town of Lerwick is a centre for the oil industry and further to the north lies Sullom Voe oil terminal. Traditional industries also feature including fishing and knitwear. Salmon farming is also an important source of employment.
The Liberal Democrats and their forebears have held the Westminster seat of Orkney and Shetland since 1950. The single seat that covered both groups of islands was divided in two at the creation of the Scottish Parliament. Tavish Scott, one time leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, has been MSP for the constituency since the parliament's inception in 1999, and retained his seat in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections.