Published: 24 June 2021

Altogether 43.9 per cent of councillors elected in Municipal elections 2021 are new municipal councillors

A total of 8,859 councillors were elected to municipal and town councils in the Municipal elections 2021. Of the elected representatives, 43.9 per cent were new councillors. Of the elected councillors, 40.2 per cent were women, which is 1.2 percentage points more than in the previous elections.

Men and women as percentage of elected councillors in Municipal elections 1953-2021, %

Men and women as percentage of elected councillors in Municipal elections 1953-2021, %

Of the parliamentary parties, the Green League has the most female councillors elected in the Municipal elections, 74.1 per cent, and the Finns Party has the least, 21.1 per cent. The average age of elected councillors in the 2021 elections was 50.8 years, that of elected women 48.2 years and that of men 52.6 years. The average age of new councillors was lowest for the Green League (42.9 years) and highest for the Christian Democrats (54.9 years).

Share of men and women among the elected by party and age in Municipal elections 2021, %

Share of men and women among the elected by party and age in Municipal elections 2021, %

Current councillors made up 56.1 per cent of all elected councillors. The proportion of Finnish speakers and Sami speakers among new councillors was 92.8 per cent, that of Swedish speakers 6.3 per cent and that of persons not speaking national languages 0.8 per cent. Of the elected councillors 78.6 per cent were employed and 18.5 per cent were in the inactive population. The median for the disposable monetary income of all elected councillors was EUR 33,700.

Table 1. Background analysis of elected councillors by party in the Municipal elections 2021

Memb. of
Parl. (%)
Counc. in
municipal
councils
(%)
Average
age
Finn. or Sami
speakers
(%)
Swedish
speakers
(%)
Other lang.
speakers
(%)
Employed (%) Unemployed (%) In inactive
pop. (%)
Avg.
income
Total 2.0 56.1 50.8 92.8 6.3 0.8 78.6 2.9 18.5 33,700
SDP 2.5 66.9 53.4 95.5 3.0 1.5 73.7 3.4 22.9 32,400
PS 2.6 37.6 49.0 98.8 0.4 0.8 76.8 5.8 17.3 30,200
KOK 2.1 55.3 50.2 98.2 1.2 0.6 81.0 1.5 17.5 41,100
KESK 1.0 59.3 51.3 99.8 0.1 0.1 81.3 2.1 16.6 33,800
VIHR 3.7 51.5 42.9 96.1 1.4 2.5 82.4 4.2 13.4 34,800
VAS 2.8 66.5 52.3 96.9 1.2 2.0 69.9 4.7 25.4 29,300
RKP 1.9 59.2 50.0 5.8 93.1 1.1 83.2 0.4 16.4 35,400
KD 1.6 56.3 54.9 88.1 11.6 0.3 74.9 1.0 24.1 33,100
LIIKE 2.0 26.5 49.2 91.8 8.2 - 83.7 2.0 14.3 39,900
Others - 54.4 51.0 95.9 3.0 1.0 80.7 2.7 16.6 32,600

More detailed data on the candidates and elected councillors of the Municipal elections can be found in the review: Background analysis of candidates and elected councillors in Municipal elections 2021.


Source: Municipal Elections 2021, background analysis of candidates and elected councillors, Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Municipal elections [e-publication].
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