INFORMATION ON THE 2021 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

In accordance with its Constitution, Finland is divided into self-governing municipalities.
Each municipality is responsible for many of the decisions that concern its residents.
The highest decision-making municipal body is the municipal council, which is elected by
its residents. The members of the council, or councillors, are elected in municipal elections
for four-year terms. The next municipal elections will be held on Sunday, 13 June 2021.
In municipal elections, Finnish citizens and, under specific conditions, citizens of other
countries may vote and stand as candidates.


Voting in Finland is voluntary.
Read more:
https://vaalit.fi/en/information-about-the-municipal-elections-in-different-languages
Voting rights – who is entitled to vote
You may vote in municipal elections if you are a citizen of Finland, another European
Union member state, Iceland or Norway and you meet the following conditions:
– you have turned 18 by election day (13 June 2021)
– you have a municipality of residence in Finland by 23 April 2021
If you are a citizen of some other country, you may vote in the municipal elections if:
– you have turned 18 by election day (13 June 2021)
– you have had a municipality of residence in Finland continuously for at least two
years before 23 April 2021


Your municipality of residence is determined on the basis of the Municipality of Residence
Act. In principle, your municipality of residence is the municipality you live in.
In the municipal elections of 2021, your municipality of residence will be determined on the
basis of the municipality that has been recorded as your municipality of residence in the
Population Information System on 23 April 2021 at 12.00 midnight.
If necessary, you can check your municipality of residence from the Digital and Population
Data Services Agency.
In the municipal elections, you may only vote for a candidate standing for election in your
municipality of residence. Voting dates
You can vote either on election day on Sunday, 13 June 2021, or before election day
during the advance voting period. You may cast your vote only once. Voting twice is a
punishable offence under the Criminal Code.


Advance voting:
Advance voting begins in Finland on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 and ends on Tuesday, 8
June 2021. Advance voting begins abroad on Wednesday, 2 June 2021 and ends on Saturday, 5
June 2021. At some advance polling stations, the voting period is shorter. You can vote in advance at any polling station in Finland or abroad. The following may function as advance polling stations:

  • advance polling stations in Finland that have been designated by municipalities, e.g.
    municipal offices
  • several Finnish missions abroad
  • institutions, such as hospitals, social welfare units, and correctional institutions. Only
    those who are patients or serving a sentence at these institutions may vote there.
  • Finnish ships that are abroad during the advance voting period. Only the ship’s
    personnel may vote while at sea, passengers may not vote on ships.

Voting on election day:
On election day, voting will take place on Sunday, 13 June 2021, between 9 am and 8
pm. On election day, you may vote only at the polling station marked on the voting right
notification that has been sent to you.


How to vote
1) Prove your identity to the election official by showing your a passport, identity
card, driving licence or other similar document. The election official will give you a
ballot.
2) Go to the polling booth. Only one person may enter a polling booth at a time.
3) Mark the number of the candidate you are voting for on your ballot. You can
only vote for one candidate. Write the number of your candidate in the circle on the
ballot. Do not write or draw anything else on your ballot. Fold the ballot so that the
number you wrote remains inside and is not visible to anyone else.
4) Take your folded ballot to the election official. They will stamp the ballot.
5) A. If you are voting on election day, drop your stamped ballot in the ballot box.
B. If you are voting in advance, the election official will give you an election
envelope in which you will seal your stamped ballot.
If your ability to write a candidate’s number on the ballot is significantly impaired, you
may request a polling assistant of your choice or an election official to help you cast
your vote