Pirate Party of Finland

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Pirate Party of Finland
Piraattipuolue
Piratpartiet
Chairperson Tapani Karvinen
Vice-chairperson Pasi Palmulehto
Vice-chairperson Janne Paalijärvi
Founded 24 May 2008
Newspaper Purje
Youth wing Pirate Youth
Membership 3,800
Ideology Pirate politics,
Freedom of information,
Privacy
International affiliation Pirate Parties International
Colours Black, White, Purple
Website
www.piraattipuolue.fi
Politics of Finland
Political parties
Elections

The Pirate Party of Finland (Finnish: Piraattipuolue, Swedish: Piratpartiet) is a registered political party in Finland. The group currently has around 3,800 members.[1] The chairman of the party is Tapani Karvinen.[2] The party is a member of Pirate Parties International.

History[edit]

In January 2008, Matti Hiltunen registered the domain piraattipuolue.fi and set up a BBS on the site. In May 2008, about 50 founding members of the party held the founding assembly in Tampere.[3] In September 2008 the party started to collect the 5,000 supporter cards needed to officially register the party. The party's goal was to take part in the 2009 European Parliamentary election. The supporter cards were collected by 1 June 2009,[4] too late for the elections. The party was officially registered on 13 August 2009.[5]

In October 2009 The Pirate Party took part in the special municipal election of Loviisa with 1 candidate, but did not win a seat. The party's first major election was the Finnish parliamentary election in 2011 with 127 candidates in 11 constituencies,[6] gathering 0.5% of votes and becoming the largest party with no Parliament seats.[7] In the 2014 European Parliament election it gathered 12,378 votes (0.7 %).[8]

Political goals[edit]

The party aims in its political agenda to develop democracy, safeguard civil rights and increased transparency in politics. It wants to free information and culture from prohibitive restrictions and review the utility of the patent system, all while increasing privacy and freedom of speech. The party supports a basic income and wants to abolish daylight saving time.[9]

Youth wing[edit]

The party has a youth organisation, the Pirate Youth (Finnish: Piraattinuoret). It was founded on 5 February 2009 in Helsinki. It has an upper age-limit of 28 years.[10] Membership of Piraattinuoret is free of charge.

Electoral Performance[edit]

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Year Elected Votes Share
2011 0 15,103 0.51%

European Parliamentary elections[edit]

Year Elected Votes Share
2014 0 12,355 0.7%

Municipal elections[edit]

Year Elected Votes Share
2012 0 5,986 0.2%

Party chairs[edit]

Previous party chairman Harri Kivistö
  • Carl E. Wahlman (2008)
  • Pasi Palmulehto (2008–2012)
  • Harri Kivistö (2012–2014)
  • Tapani Karvinen (2014–)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Piraattipuolueen jäsenmäärän kehitys". 20 February 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Piraattipuolueen hallitus". Piraattipuolue. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Historia ja tilastoja". Piraattipuolue. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Finnish Pirate Party files for party registration". Helsingin Sanomat. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Pirate Party of Finland enters party register". 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Number of candidates by party and constituency in Parliamentary elections 2011". 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Results - Whole country". 13 May 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tulos puolueittain". Finnish Ministry of Justice. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Puolueohjelma" (in Finnish). Piraattipuolue. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Yhdistystietoa" (in Finnish). Piraattinuoret. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 

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