Pirate Party of Finland

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Pirate Party of Finland
Chairperson Jonna Purojärvi
Vice-chairperson Petrus Pennanen
Tapani Karvinen
Arto Lampila
Founded 24 May 2008
Newspaper Purje
Youth wing Pirate Youth
Membership 4 065
Ideology Pirate politics,
Freedom of information,
International affiliation Pirate Parties International
Colours Black, White, Purple
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European Parliament
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The Pirate Party of Finland (Finnish: Piraattipuolue, Swedish: Piratpartiet) is a registered political party in Finland. The group currently has around 4 065 members.[1] The chairman of the party is Jonna Purojärvi.[2] The party is a member of Pirate Parties International.


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] In the Finnish parliamentary election in 2015 the party got 25,105 or 0,8% of total votes, and was left without seats in the parliament.[9] Consequently, Ministry of Justice decided to take off Pirate Party and 5 others from its list of political parties due to lack of confidence in parliamentary voting for two elections.[10] The party collected again the needed 5,000 supporter cards and was registered on 6 June 2016.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13] Membership of Piraattinuoret is free of charge.

Electoral performance[edit]

Election campaign stations for the Pirate Party and Independence Party, Narinkka, Helsinki.

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Year Elected Votes Share
2011 0 15,103 0.51%
2015 0 25,105 0.85%

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]

Former party chairman Harri Kivistö
  • Carl E. Wahlman (2008)
  • Pasi Palmulehto (2008–2012)
  • Harri Kivistö (2012–2014)
  • Tapani Karvinen (2014–2016)
  • Jonna Purojärvi (2016–)


  1. ^ "Piraattipuolueen jäsenmäärän kehitys" (PDF). 20 February 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Piraattipuolueen puheenjohtajaksi jyväskyläläinen Jonna Purojärvi". Piraattipuolue. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 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. ^ "Koko maa - puolueiden kannatus". Yle uutiset. Yleisradio. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Kuusi puoluetta putosi puoluerekisteristä". Yle uutiset. Yleisradio. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Piraattipuolue palasi puolueeksi". Suomenmaa. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Puolueohjelma" (in Finnish). Piraattipuolue. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Yhdistystietoa" (in Finnish). Piraattinuoret. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 

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