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Survey suggests middling interest in European elections or potential regional elections

A new poll indicates that just over half of Finns show an interest in elections for representatives to the European Parliament, with even fewer people interested in choosing regional leaders.

Vuoden 2015 eduskuntavaalien mainoksia.
Party posters from the 2015 parliamentary elections Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

A survey commissioned by the Municipal Development Foundation of Finland, an advocate for municipal government, has found that 78 percent of its respondents are interested in Finland's parliamentary elections.

In contrast, just 52 percent of the poll's respondents said they were interested in elections in which Finns select their representatives to the European Parliament. An even lower percentage, 47 percent, were interested in the prospect of additional regional government elections.

When examined by age, the results suggest that older voters show the most interest in potential regional-level elections, while people between 18 and 40 are primarily interested in Finland's parliamentary elections. People living in rural areas tended to be more interested in the idea of electing regional administrators, and city dwellers showed more interest in the European elections.

The pollster Kantar TNS interviewed over 1,000 residents of Finland in early February, yielding results that contain a margin of error of three percentage points in either direction.

If the government's slated regional administration shakeup passes a vote in the Finnish Parliament, Finland would stage its first-ever elections for administrators of larger regional government areas already in October.

Finland's next parliamentary elections will take place in April of 2019, with the election of MEPs to the European Parliament scheduled for one month later, in May 2019.

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