Elections and voting

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for drafting the election legislation and developing the electoral system and the election information system.
In addition to the Ministry of Justice, Statistics Finland (official election statistics) and the Population Register Centre (e.g. number of eligible voters) are responsible for the production of election result and information services.
Finland participates in international election activities, such as election monitoring, and provides assistance in international election-related contexts.
The first elections by universal and equal suffrage held in Finland were the parliamentary elections of 1907.

The following general elections are conducted in Finland:

  • parliamentary elections every four years,
  • municipal elections every four years,
  • election of the President of the Republic (presidential election) every six years, and
  • elections to the European Parliament (European elections) every five years.

In addition to elections, national and municipal consultative referendums in which the right to vote is universal may also be conducted.

In the autonomous region of Åland, elections to the Åland Parliament and municipal elections are also held every four years, but not at the same time as in the rest of Finland.

Further information on elections and development projects related to elections is available at the elections website of the Ministry of Justice.