Finland has five elections: county elections, parliamentary election, European Parliament election, municipal election at four-year intervals, as well as presidential election. The Central Election Committee, aided by the City of Vantaa election commission, is responsible for arranging elections in Vantaa.
Next in line in Finland is the county elections. Advance voting takes place on January 12-18, 2022, while the actual election day is January 23, 2022. Sixty-nine members of the Vantaa and Kerava wellbeing services county will be chosen for the county council. In the county elections, all municipal citizens entitled to vote can vote for any candidate in their electoral districts.
The right to vote is based on the municipality of residence. You are entitled to vote in the county elections if you have lived in Vantaa since December 3, 2021, and if you are 18 years old at the latest on the election day. If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and have continuously lived in Finland for at least two years, you are entitled to vote in the county elections.
The wellbeing services county is an autonomous body, and its highest decision-making power lies with the county council. The City of Vantaa previously decided on arranging Vantaa’s social and health services (e.g., services for the elderly and the disabled, hospital and health center services) as well as search and rescue services, but as of 2023, this task will be transferred to the wellbeing services county’s council, selected in this election.
You will find your polling place on the map, based on your home address, online at: www.aanestyspaikat.fi (the service is available only around election time). The service will also offer the early voting place closest to you.
If you are unsure about your polling place or right to vote, do not hesitate to contact the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (tel. 0295 535 530, the service is available only around election time).
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More information on elections is available on the Ministry of Justice's website at: vaalit.fi.