Advance voting for county council election hits 8.5%

Ballot boxes for advance voting are open at many libraries and shopping centres across the country until Tuesday 18 January ahead of the main polling day on Sunday 23 January.

Friday is the third day of advance voting for the regional elections. Image: Antti Ullakko / Yle

Some 8.5 percent of Finland's 3.9 million eligible voters have already availed of the opportunity to submit their ballots in advance of next week's final day of regional election polling on Sunday 23 January.

This amounts to about 333,000 people.

Advance voting ballot boxes opened across the country on Wednesday, with polling stations reporting a busier first couple of days compared to last year's municipal elections.

However, the advance voting period for the municipal poll was extended to two weeks due to the coronavirus situation at the time, while the period for the regional election is only one week.

Check out our really simple guide to the county council election here. This article also explains the key topics in seven different languages, including English.

Ballot boxes for advance voting in this election are open at many libraries and shopping centres across the country until Tuesday 18 January, with a list of locations and opening times available from the Ministry of Justice's website (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

It is also possible to vote outdoors in some municipalities.

This week's episode of All Points North heard from voters and specialists on the main issues ahead of next week's poll. You can listen to the full podcast using the embedded player here, via Yle Areena, Spotify (siirryt toiseen palveluun), Apple Podcasts (siirryt toiseen palveluun) or on your usual podcast player using the RSS feed.

Yle's election compass, which helps voters find like-minded candidates in a variety of languages including English, can be accessed here (siirryt toiseen palveluun).