Finland Municipal Elections: April 18, 2021

Campaign posters for the 2018 presidential election in Finland. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Arto Alanenpää (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Freedom House Rating

Government Type
Parliamentary Republic
5.6 million
Municipal Elections
April 18, 2021
Presidential Election
January 2024 (due)
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Finland is due to hold municipal elections on April 18, 2021. Voters will elect councils in all of Finland’s municipalities.

Political Context

Finland has a robust democracy. As a parliamentary system, the prime minister has most executive power while the president plays a largely ceremonial role, although the current president, Sauli Niinisto, has carved out a prominent diplomatic role for himself.

Following the 2019 parliamentary elections, a left-leaning coalition came into government.

Geopolitical Context


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Updated October 8, 2020

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