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Voter support for MEPs in Finland – an interactive map

Voter support for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Finland is clearly determined by two sorts of selection criteria. Some candidates garner most of their votes from their home turf, while others, like Jussi Halla-aho and Heidi Hautala, are seen as figureheads for certain principles. Use Yle’s interactive map below to pinpoint where each recently-elected MEP received their votes throughout the country.

Electoral support for elected MEPs throughout Finland.

Click on the candidate to see the percentage of the vote they received in each of Finland's municipalities.

Select the candidate to see the percentage of the vote they received in each of Finland's municipalities.

Electoral support for elected MEPs throughout Finland. Mouse over the municipality to see its voting information.

Many MEPs pulled most of their votes from specific areas in Finland, often their place of residence, while others, like Finns Party MEP Jussi Halla-aho, gathered over 80,000 votes evenly throughout the country. Known for his anti-immigrant position, Halla-aho collected like-minded voters uniformly, irrespective of the region. Halla-aho received the most votes in the municipality of Lieksa in North Karelia, the only area in which voter support for him exceeded 10 percent of the total.

Support for Halla-aho’s party colleague Sampo Terho is similar. He received four percent of the total vote in only one region, Pirkanmaa, from where he was also ran as a candidate in the parliamentary elections.

Green MEP Heidi Hautala also enjoyed steady support across the country, despite the fact that it was low comparatively. The only city in which she received more than four percent of the vote was Helsinki.

Voting on the coast strongly favours SPP

The party enjoying clear regional support is the Swedish People’s Party (SPP). Their MEP, Nils Torvalds, received 30,000 votes, and almost all were from Finland’s Swedish-speaking coastal areas and the Åland Islands. Hardly any votes were cast for Torvalds from the country’s inner regions. The northern coast of Ostrobothnia is so strongly supportive of the SPP that hardly any votes are cast for anyone else, with exception of the Social Democratic Party candidate from Vaasa, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri.

The election’s clear winner in terms of overall voter support was National Coalition Party Alexander Stubb, who took in 148,000 votes. Although they came in from every corner of Finland, his clear core support area is the capital city region of Uusimaa. Nevertheless, Stubb enjoyed the largest percentage share of the total vote in almost every municipality.

The Centre Party’s Paavo Väyrynen carried on his traditional sweep of Lapland. Olli Rehn, the Centre party’s top candidate in terms of total votes, received the most support from his hometown of Mikkeli and its surrounding areas.

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