Municipal elections

Producer: Statistics Finland
Homepage: http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/kvaa/index_en.html
Main topic: Elections
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): No

Description

Municipal elections are held in Finland every four years. Statistics Finland produces official statistics from the elections. The preliminary statistics are published on the Internet, in the StatFin online service and on the statistics pages on municipal elections as soon as possible starting from the election night. The second data, or the final data are supplied to Statistics Finland after the election result is confirmed. After the confirmation of the election result, the confirmed data corresponding to the preliminary statistics are released on the statistics pages on the Internet and the StatFin databases are updated.

Detailed data on municipal elections since 1992 can be found on Statistics Finland’s website on the specific page designated for them in the list of statistics by topic, and since 1976 in the StatFin online service.

Statistics Finland receives the basic data for the elections from the Ministry of Justice’s election in-formation system, the technical implementation of which it has assigned to Tieto Group. Statistics Finland’s election data system comprises four election data files: regional file, party file, candidate file and candidate register.

Data content

The main content includes election results by municipality: the numbers and proportions of votes cast for the parties separated into votes cast in advance voting and on the actual election day, council seats gained by the parties, numbers and proportions of votes cast for female candidates and numbers of elected female councillors by party, numbers of those entitled to vote and those who voted by sex, numbers of advance voters by sex. From 2004 onwards data are also available by voting district in Statistics Finland’s StatFin online service.

Classifications used

Constituency, municipality group, municipality, voting district, party (included in the Register of Associations), age of candidates and elected councillors, nationality and country of residence.

Data collection methods and data sources

The Ministry of Justice’s election information system, the technical implementation of which it has assigned to Tieto Group. Statistics Finland receives the basic data on the elections from that company. The data are transmitted as an electronic data transfer from the election information system for production of preliminary statistics. After confirmation of the election results, the confirmed results are supplied to Statistics Finland for compilation of the final election statistics.

Updating frequency

The election year of each Municipal election.

Time of completion or release

The preliminary statistics are published on the Internet, in the StatFin online service and on the statistics pages on municipal elections as soon as possible starting from the election night. The second data, or the final data are supplied to Statistics Finland after the election result is confirmed. After the confirmation of the election result, the confirmed data corresponding to the preliminary statistics are released on the statistics pages on the Internet and the StatFin databases are updated.

Time series

Statistics are available from 1921 onwards.

Keywords

candidates, councillors, elections, municipal elections, parties, right to vote, voting turnout, voting

Contact information

http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/kvaa/yht_en.html


Last updated 27.11.2014

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