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Check Yle’s search engine for the best place to vote early. Also check out tips to make early voting easier for the European elections.

Early voting for the European elections begins on Wednesday 29 May.

Ari Hagahuhda

Stina Tuminen

Henry Force

Nanna Sarka

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Early voting for the European elections begins today and ends next week on Tuesday, June 4. The first polling stations open their doors at 8 a.m., but most don’t open until 9 or 10 a.m.

All of Finland is one constituency in European elections. So vote for any candidate.

Check Yle’s search engine for early voting location opening times. Some polling stations are only open for a few hours a day.

Polling stations will close at 8pm. If you are in the voting queue before then, you can vote after 8 pm.

Early voting locations are often located at municipal halls, libraries or shopping centers. There are 931 early voting places in these elections, twenty more than the previous EU elections in 2019.

  • Are you still looking for your own candidate? Check out the election machine here!

513 Italians plan to vote in Finland

Citizens of other EU countries living in Finland who have reached the age of 18 can vote in European elections if they are also registered in the voting rights register. 7,687 citizens of other EU countries plan to vote in Finland.

For example, 513 Italians plan to vote in Finland’s European elections. 1,558 Estonians living in Finland vote in Finland’s European elections. 1,493 Germans, 972 Swedes and 549 French share the same opinion. In addition, nearly ten citizens of Malta, Cyprus and Luxembourg from each country plan to vote in Finland’s European elections.

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Similarly, a Finnish citizen living in another EU country can vote in their country of residence. More than 11,000 Finns plan to vote in another EU country, not in Finland.

You can only vote in one EU country.

12,000 Finns vote in other EU countries

Around 12,000 Finnish citizens have announced that they will vote in an EU country other than Finland. Most of them, about 7,200, plan to vote in Sweden.

About 1,400 Finns plan to vote in Germany, about 850 in Spain, about 240 in Luxembourg, and fewer than ten Finnish citizens plan to exercise their right to vote in Cyprus and Ireland.

There are about 22,000 new young voters

In European elections, around 22,000 young people will be able to vote for the first time on behalf of their age group. 4.56 million eligible voters in the European elections in Finland.

Early voting has grown in popularity in recent elections. Five years ago, 21 percent of Finnish citizens living in Finland voted in the evening of the last early voting day in European elections. This figure was later refined to 21.2 percent.

Yle follows the vibe of early voting every day. You can use the graphic above to compare how enthusiastic early voting was compared to the 2019 European elections.

Among national elections, European elections have been the most interesting for Finnish voters in recent years.

  • General European election stories can be found here

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