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Finland votes in municipal elections

 National Coalition party leader and Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen listens to the results of the preliminary votes at the party's reception in Helsink...
 Chairman Timo Soini of the Finns party arrives at a party reception in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday Oct. 28, 2012 after the Finns went to the polls in...
 Juha Sipil�, right, the leader of the opposition Centre Party, and Kimmo Tiilikainen, the party's parliamentary group leader, react after the first r...

Finland Elections

National Coalition party leader and Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen listens to the results of the preliminary votes at the party's reception in Helsink...

Finland Elections

Chairman Timo Soini of the Finns party arrives at a party reception in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday Oct. 28, 2012 after the Finns went to the polls in...

Finland Elections

Juha Sipil�, right, the leader of the opposition Centre Party, and Kimmo Tiilikainen, the party's parliamentary group leader, react after the first r...

Finns have voted in municipal elections across the country to choose from more than 37,000 candidates for around 10,000 seats on regional councils.
Voters were able to cast ballots during 11 hours after polling stations opened at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) Sunday. Results were expected early Monday.
More than 1 million voters, or some 24 percent of the electorate, went to the polls in a week of advance voting that ended Tuesday. In the previous municipal elections in 2008, 61 percent of eligible voters turned out.
The vote is not expected to influence the composition of the conservative-led coalition government or its main lines of policy. Election issues have been dominated by debates over health care, public services and reducing or merging municipalities.


Updated : 2021-03-05 00:12 GMT+08:00