ElectionGudie

Jan. 28, 2018 Confirmed

Finland

Republic of Finland

Election for President

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Finland: Presidential Election, January 28, 2018

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of Finland

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Sauli NIINISTO (since 1 March 2012)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Juha SIPILA (since 28 May 2015)
  • Assembly: Unicameral Parliament (Eduskunta) with 200 seats

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is directly elected by an absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds, if needed, for a 6-year term.

Last Election:

  • The last presidential election in Finland was held in 2012. President Sauli NIINISTO was elected in the second round. He is eligible to run for a second term.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Tuula HAATAINEN
    • Social Democrats (SDP) / Suomen sosialidemokraattinen puolue
  • Pekka HAAVISTO
    • The Green League / Vihreä liitto (VIHR)
  • Laura HUHTASAARI
    • The Finns Party / Perussuomalaiset
  • Merja KYLLONEN
    • The Left Alliance / Vasemmistoliitto
  • Sauli NIINISTO
    • Independent
  • Nils TORVALDS
    • Swedish People’s Party of Finland / Suomen ruotsalainen kansanpuolue (RKP)
  • Matti VANHANEN
    • The Centre Party / Suomen Keskusta
  • Paavo VAYRYNEN
    • Independent

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 5,518,371
  • Registered Voters: 4,463,333

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 2,801,204
  • Is Finland a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (10 December 1999)
  • Has Finland ratified CEDAW: Yes (29 December 2000)
  • Gender Quota: No
  • Female candidates in this election:  Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 84
  • Human Development Index Position: 23
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

  • Is Finland a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Finland ratified CRPD: Yes (11 May 2016)
  • Population with a disability: 821,538