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The state and municipalities operate on the basis of a representative democracy. Citizens elect the President of the Republic of Finland and their representatives in Parliament, the European Parliament and municipal decision-making bodies in free elections.

The Ministry of Justice’s electoral website contains comprehensive information on the conduct of elections and the results of the elections.

The following general elections are conducted in Finland

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

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

Next elections

Municipal elections 2021

Information about the Municipal elections.