Finland holds municipal elections


Some 9,672 council members in 304 municipalities will be elected today in elections across Finland. Voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time although more than 310,000 people have already voted in advance voting.

Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen’s party, the National Coalition Party (KOK) is hoping to do as well as in 2008 when they took 23.5% of the vote. Recent opinion polling suggests that they could meet that target with lowest polls putting them on 20.5% of the vote.

The party of Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen, the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP) is standing on around 18.5% whereas in 2008 they took 21.2% of the vote.

The Centre Party (KESK) took 20.1% of the vote in 2008 and stand on around 18.6% today, whilst the True Finns (PS) are on 13.6% of the vote today which suggests a good result for them.

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