Election events and campaign advertisements

You will need permission from the City to hold an election event on a street, at a marketplace or in a park, if the event restricts public use of the location.

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You must seek the City's permission to organise an election event if it restricts the public use of the location. For example, you will need permission if you intend to hold your event on the street, at a marketplace or in a park and you want to have marquees, tables, chairs, stages, fences or other structures at the venue. A right to use a public area for an election event will be granted for free.

Apply for a right to use a public area for an election event

Fill in the application form and send it via email to the land use inspector of the Urban Environment Division at ulkoilma@hel.fi.

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Election events without an application requirement 15 March – 2 April 2023

You can hold a short election event in the centre without applying for a permit. The locations include Narinkkatori, Kolmen sepän aukio, Asema-aukio’s section B and Keskuskatu’s seasonal sales locations.

You can hold a short election event outside of the centre in areas managed by the Urban Environment Division’s Land Use unit without applying for permission. See a map of the centre (PDF).

Conditions

  • You may not use lawns or other soft surfaces.
  • An election information event may last for up to four hours per area.
  • You may use light structures of approximately 10 m² in size or a vehicle that serves as an information desk at your event. You may not leave anything in the area after your event has finished.
  • You must comply with the rules of using a public area for election campaigning and the general rules for outdoor events (pdf in Finnish).

Fixed election information points

Narinkkatori has been reserved for election events and any fixed information points for the period of 15 March – 2 April 2023. Fixed information points will be built on 14 March and dismantled on 3 April 2023. 

You can apply for permission to have an election information point with the application form (PDF in Finnish). Send your completed application to ulkoilma@hel.fi(Link opens default mail program) by 10 March 2023 for a leasing decision. Please remember to state the size of your information point in your application. 

The exact locations of the election information points in Narinkkatori will be negotiated at the location with the participants on 13 March 2023 at 15.00.

Good to know about election events

  • Campaign speeches in public areas must take place between 6.00 and 21.00.
  • Pre-recorded speech programmes may only be played if the speaker is present. A speech programme may last for up to two hours per location.
  • Amplify sound only as much as is necessary based on the size of the audience, so that the sounds do not carry too far.
  • Leave the location clean after use and take all the rubbish with you.
  • You can hand out fliers and balloons at a campaign speech event, and you may also use a TV/video screen without sound effects or commercial adverts.
  • A campaign speech event organiser may use a roll-up banner stand or an A frame, or other similar equipment. The event organiser must be present in person and the area must be cleared immediately after the event has ended.
  • Parking vehicles in a park, on a lawn or in any other area with a soft surface is forbidden.
  • Election campaign advertising is not allowed on the Senate Square.
  • Products unrelated to the election may not be marketed or sold.
  • Election campaign speeches may not take place in a location where they can be seen or heard from a polling station, or near a polling station where they may influence the voters’ freedom of vote.
  • If another event is taking place in the same area, a campaign speech may not disrupt or interfere with it.
  • If the number of applicants exceeds the available space at a location, the spaces are allocated by drawing lots, unless the applicants can reach an agreement.
  • Accessibility in the area surrounding an election information event must be ensured. Car and bike lanes may not be used, and traffic may not be disrupted.
  • In addition, you must comply with the general rules for outdoor events (pdf in Finnish).