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Slight improvement as 16% in Finland vote early in EU elections

Advance voting in the EU parliamentary elections in Finland was a bit higher than it was in 2014.

File photo of advance voting ballot form. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

More than 143,000 people in Finland went to the polls on Monday, the sixth day of advance voting in the EU parliamentary elections, bringing overall early voter turnout to 16.2 percent - so far. Tuesday is the seventh and final day of advance voting in Finland for the EU parliamentary election, while election day is Sunday 26 May.

This election has already brought out slightly more voters than the MEP elections in 2014, when 12.6 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots early. Finland's overall turnout in 2014 stood at 40.9 percent, but only 10 percent of voters between the ages of 18-24 took part.

Monday was one of the busiest days at advance voting stations across Finland, according to election officials.

This year the busiest advance polling points were found in Helsinki, Pirkanmaa and Lapland, while early voter turnout in Finland was lowest in Vaasa and Oulu.

Finland will elect 13 MEPs but could gain another seat if and when Britain leaves the European Union. If the UK does eventually leave the EU, the candidate with the 14th-highest vote tally would then take Finland's new 14th seat in Brussels and Strasbourg.

Voters curious about the political leanings of Finland's MEP candidates can check out Yle's election compass. Yle News has also published a guide for voting in the EU elections.