Municipal elections

Municipal elections are held to elect the local councilors for the Finnish municipalities (cities, towns, communes). Municipal elections are held every four years. The next municipal elections will be held on June 13, 2021 and advance voting in local post offices begins on 26th of May.

“Keeping Our Nation Together”

Many of the decisions that affect our daily lives, for example, in healthcare, education, and transport – are made at the local level.

We Christian Democrats want to build communities where we look after one another, where there is help and high-quality care, where children can go to school safely and reach their full potential, and where culture and businesses thrive.

These elections are important. Your vote is valuable. Join the Christian Democrats today and become a candidate! See more below on voting eligibility and candidate application.

Sari Essayah
Party leader, Christian Democrats

Municipal Elections 2021

Priorities of the Christian Democrats in the 2021 Municipal Elections:

Children and families come first

  • Parents should have the right to choose the type of care they want for their children. No cuts to child home care allowance.
  • Services and support for families with children should be more easily accessible including affordable home help services.
  • Small group sizes in schools.
  • A hobby for every child. We promote low-cost and free activities.

A thriving local economy

  • A good environment for companies is the foundation of a thriving local economy. Welfare cannot be built on debt. Let’s keep work profitable and taxation reasonable.
  • Services for entrepreneurs should be easily available. Starting a business should be easy.
  • Green growth and new jobs with better infrastructure and better public transport.

Let’s keep every child involved

  • Invest in education. Small teaching groups best ensure good learning and teachers’ well-being.
  • Stop bullying and school violence. It must be safe and fun to go to school.
  • Education starts with values. Our Christian cultural heritage should not be hidden.
  • Student welfare services must be maintained. Learning support must also be available at the upper secondary level.
  • Local education opportunities should also take in consideration the needs of the region’s business community.

Better local healthcare

  • Local healthcare and social services should be available in the whole country.
  • A wise municipality saves by investing in health promotion and well-being.
  • Mental health services and rehabilitation must be easily accessible.
  • Services for the elderly and disabled should be adjusted to their needs.

All generations in the same boat

  • Take care of the elderly! Good quality home help services for the elderly at reasonable cost.
  • Family members and other caregivers must not be left alone. Guarantee all necessary support and holidays for caregivers. The grant payed to the caregiver should be tax-free.
  • More choices for elderly care: e.g. community housing and family care. A place for the elderly should be found near relatives.

Sports and culture create well-being

  • Good facilities for sport and exercise that suit all generations, both for rehabilitation and for professional athletes. Let’s put local sports facilities in better shape!
  • More opportunities for hobbies and leisure. Defend our free and high-quality library services and support community colleges, art institutions and museums.

Sustainable and green cities

  • Everyone has the right to enjoy nature within walking distance. City planning must take care of preserving green areas and landscapes. This is the country of forests!
  • Public transport services and affordable prices must be secured throughout the country.
  • Good air quality in all public buildings is non-negotiable.
  • Develop circular economy, use of renewable energy and reducing waste.
  • Emphasize climate-friendliness and security of supply in local energy solutions.

Safety is a fundamental right

  • Let’s keep our roads and walkways safe in all seasons.
  • Tackle marginalization in its all forms! Invest in youth work and integration.
  • Address drug problems and crime.
  • Be prepared for crises. Keep contingency plans up to date.

Everyone has a role to play

  • Immigrants are a positive resource.
  • Every newcomer needs language training and vocational education.
  • Previous education and professional experience should be better recognized. Faster routes to complementary vocational training.
  • Employment is the best way to become a member of the society.
  • Civil society plays a big role in helping immigrants. Everyone should have a chance to understand Finnish culture, religion, and society.

Download our brochure for the 2021 municipal elections (pdf)

Electoral rights of foreign nationals in municipal elections of Finland

In municipal elections of Finland, entitled to vote are Finnish citizens who reach the age of 18 years on election day at the latest and reside in Finland. In addition, entitled to vote are:

  • citizens of other EU Member States, Iceland and Norway residing in Finland, under the same conditions as Finnish citizens; and
  • citizens of other states if they have resided continuously in Finland for at least two (2) years on the 51st day before election day, when the voting register for municipal elections is established.

No one needs to separately register to be entered in the voting register for municipal elections. Instead, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency compiles the register by virtue of office, based on the information entered in the Finnish Population Information System for each individual.

Find your candidate and vote!

Find all our candidates here.

Voting in advance 26.5.-8.6.2021, in post offices and several other locations anywhere in the country.

Voting on election day, Sunday 13.6.2021. On election day the polling stations are open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. On the election day, you can give your votes only at the polling station stated in the voting register and on the card sent to you before the elections.

Who is eligible to stand as a candidate?

Eligible to stand as a candidate in municipal elections is a person:

  • whose municipality of residence the municipality in question is,
  • who is entitled to vote in municipal elections in some municipality, and
  • who is not without legal capacity.

Provisions on the restrictions on candidate eligibility are laid down in section 72 of the Local Government Act.

If you wish to become a candidate, please fill out the electronic candidate application. See below for more instructions.

Instructions for the candidate

  • Once you have completed the electronic candidate application, it will be forwarded to the local department of the Christian Democratic Party in your municipality or district. The local department will contact you then. It is the local department that nominates municipal candidates.
  • After submitting your candidate application, a message will be sent to your email with the information (password etc) for you to update and complete your candidate information. Save that email until the election day. Use your official candidate photo in the application (can be added later on).
  • In addition to the candidate application, each municipal candidate must fill in a consent form, which must be signed by the candidate: Kuntavaalit2021_ehdokassuostumuslomake

Read more on voting and elections in Finland: vaalit.fi/en