Municipal elections? Who can vote?
The next municipal elections of Finland are in June 2021. Advance voting will take place from 26 May to 8 June 2021. The actual election day is Sunday, June 13, 2021.
If you do not know who is entitled to vote and what is decided in the municipalities in Finland, you can learn from here! It is extremely important that also international resident´s voices are heard and by voting can you make an impact!
Finland is divided into municipalities with self-government.
Municipalities decide on many important local issues and services. The municipal council is responsible for the municipality’s operations and finances, for instance collects taxes from residents to pay for services.
When you vote, you are involved in electing members to your local council. For instance, the Helsinki City Council has 85 members. The council is elected in municipal elections for four years at a time.
Municipal residents over the age of 18 are allowed to vote in municipal elections. Everyone votes in the municipal elections of their own municipal. The home municipality is usually the municipality where you live.
If you are a citizen of an EU country, Iceland or Norway and you have a home municipality in Finland OR you are a citizen of another country and you have had a home in Finland for at least two consecutive years, you may have voting rigths.
Read more about municipal elections in easy-to-read Finnish from Verneri:
Or in various different languages from Vaalit.fi: https://vaalit.fi/tietoa-kuntavaaleista-eri-kielilla1
I am a candidate for Helsinki city council and more than happy to answer any questions. Have a great day!