Municipal elections 2021

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There were 33,618 candidates for the 2017 municipal elections, of whom 8,999 were elected for the council term 2017–2021. The candidate lists for the 2021 municipal elections will be confirmed in March next year.

Information on the councillors elected for the current council term 2017–2021

  • In the 2017 municipal elections, altogether 8,999 councillors were elected to the councils in mainland Finland, which represents a fall of seven per cent from the previous elections.
  • The councillors elected represent 13 different political parties and several different constituency associations and joint lists.
  • About 44 per cent of the elected councillors were new, and the remaining 56 per cent had previous experience of council work. The proportion of new councillors grew slightly from the previous elections. 
  • Women accounted for about 39 per cent of all elected councillors, which is more than ever before. Yet, women continue to account for a smaller proportion of the candidates and elected councillors than could be expected based on the proportion of female candidates and votes given to them. 
  • Women account for about 39 per cent of council chairpersons and for 31 per cent of first deputy chairpersons.
  • The average age of the council members elected in the 2017 municipal elections was 50 and that of chairpersons was 52.
  • The youngest person to be elected was 18 years old, and the oldest 84, on the day of the election. The 18- to 29-year-olds accounted for a clearly lower proportion of the elected councillors than their proportion of the candidates.
  • Less than one per cent of those elected in the 2017 municipal elections had a mother tongue other than Finnish, Swedish or Sámi. Foreign-language speakers accounted for a clearly lower proportion of the elected councillors than their proportion of the candidates and persons entitled to vote. 
  • The number of persons of foreign origin (i.e. whose parents were born abroad) elected was 66, up by nine persons from the previous elections.
  • Elected councillors are more highly educated than the candidates and persons entitled to vote. About 40 per cent of them have a higher education degree, whereas some nine percent have only completed basic education.
  • In all, 159 Members of the Finnish Parliament and four Members of the European Parliament were elected to municipal councils.