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Right to vote

In municipal elections, a person is eligible to vote if they have reached the age of 18 not later than on the day of the election and

a ) are a citizen of Finland or another Member State of the European Union as well as of Iceland and Norway and whose municipality of residence, as defined by law, is the municipality in question on 26 February 2021; or

b) are a foreigner whose municipality of residence, as defined by law, is the municipality in question on 26 February 2021 and who at that time has had a municipality of residence in Finland for an uninterrupted period of two years, calculated from 51 days before the election; or

c) are employed by the European Union or an international organisation based in Finland and who are habitually resident in the municipality in question on 26 February 2021, provided that their personal information has, at their request, been entered into the Population Information System and that they have submitted a written notification to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, no later than 25 February 2021, stating that they wish to exercise their right to vote in the municipal elections.

The right to vote in municipal elections is tied to living in the municipality in question. The voter’s voting municipality is determined based on their municipality of residence in the Population Information System on 26 February 2021. This means that Finns living abroad permanently are not eligible to vote in municipal elections even though they are Finnish citizens.

Please see the vaalit.fi website provided by the Ministry of Justice for further information on voting 



05.03.2021 07:24