Published: 5 May 2017

Majority of advance voters were pensioners


The voting percentage in the Municipal elections 2017 was 58.9 per cent. Of the persons entitled to vote, 1,169,319, or 26.6 per cent of all persons entitled to vote, voted in advance. Of pensioners entitled to vote, 42.0 per cent voted in advance, 21.5 per cent of employed persons and 18.9 per cent of unemployed persons. The share of pensioners in all advance voters was 46.7 per cent, employed persons 41.0 per cent and unemployed persons 6.0 per cent. The data are based on Statistics Finland's statistics on the Municipal elections 2017.

Share of advance voters among persons entitled to vote by main type of activity group in the Municipal elections 2017, %

Share of advance voters among persons entitled to vote by main type of activity group in the Municipal elections 2017, %

For the first time in connection with the Municipal elections 2017, Statistics Finland also publishes data on persons who voted on the election day. Data on voting on the election day were available from 116 municipalities, of which 59 had data from all voting districts. Data were available from a total of 509 voting districts. These voting districts covered 31.4 per cent of the persons entitled to vote in the Municipal elections 2017.

Of the population aged under 80, the most active advance voters in the whole country were persons aged 73 (49.8%), and those aged 18 and 19 voted the least in advance in relative terms (12.0%). In the voting areas for which data were available those aged 41 (40.6%) voted most actively on the election day, the voting percentage on the election day was lowest (18.6%) for those aged 22.

Advance voters in the whole country and advance voters and persons who voted on the election day in the areas by age in the Municipal elections 2017, %

Advance voters in the whole country and advance voters and persons who voted on the election day in the areas by age in the Municipal elections 2017, %

More detailed data on persons who voted in the Municipal elections can be found in the review: Persons who voted in Municipal elections 2017.

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Source: Municipal Elections 2017, Review of voting, Statistics Finland

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Updated 5.5.2017

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Municipal elections [e-publication].
ISSN=2323-1114. background analysis of candidates and elected persons 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.10.2017].
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