Finnish municipal elections, 2012

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Finnish municipal election, 2012 was held in Finland on 28 October with advance voting between 17 and 23 October 2012. 9,674 municipal council seats were open for election in 304 municipalities. The number of councillors decreased by over 700 compared to the previous election due to the merging of several municipalities.[1] The term of the elected councillors will begin on 1 January 2013.

Funds[edit]

In Finland, candidates have to declare their campaign funding. 15% of the declarations did not arrive in time.[2]

Competing parties[edit]

Electoral method[edit]

The D'Hondt method is used in the election. The size of the municipal council or city council depends on the population of the municipality:[3]

Population Number of councilmen
under 2,000 13, 15 or 17
2,001–4,000 21
4,001–8,000 27
8,001–15,000 35
15,001–30,000 43
30,001–60,000 51
60,001–120,000 59
120,001–250,000 67
250,001–400,000 75
over 400,000 85

Helsinki is the only city in the last category and Espoo the only city in the second-to-last category.

National results[edit]

Party Votes[4] Council seats
Number % Swing
(2008)
Swing
(2011)
Number Net ±
National Coalition 545,889 21.9% -1.6% +1.5% 1,735 -286
Social Democratic 487,924 19.6% -1.7% +0.5% 1,729 -337
Centre 465,166 18.7% -1.4% +2.9% 3,077 -440
Finns 307,797 12.3% +7.0% -6.7% 1,195 +752
Green League 213,100 8.5% -0.4% +1.3% 323 -47
Left Alliance 199,615 8.0% -0.8% -0.1% 640 -193
Swedish People's 117,865 4.7% ±0.0% +0.4% 480 -30
Christian Democrat 93,257 3.7% -0.4% -0.3% 300 -51
Communist Party 11,174 0.4% -0.1% +0.1% 9 ±0
Pirate 5,986 0.2% new -0.3% 0 ±0
Independence Party 1,303 0.1% ±0.0% -0.1% 0 -2
Change 2011 1,258 0.1% new -0.2% 1 +1
Communist Workers' Party – For Peace and Socialism 704 <0.1% <0.1% <0.1% 0 ±0
For the Poor 572 <0.1% <0.1% <0.1% 0 ±0
Workers Party 538 <0.1% <0.1% <0.1% 0 ±0
Freedom Party 15 <0.1% new <0.1% 0 ±0
Others 41,358 1.7% -0.8% +1.3% 185 -102
Total 2,493,521 9,674 -738

Turnout was 58.3%,[5] lower than in the previous municipal election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.kuntavaalit.fi/media/faktat/Sivut/default.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.vaalirahoitus.fi/ section 4.1.2013
  3. ^ http://www.vaalit.fi/14167.htm
  4. ^ Ministry of Justice. "Party results". Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Ministry of Justice. "Party results". Retrieved 2 November 2012. 

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