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News, 4/6/2011

Parliamentary Elections 2011

Picture by Verna KuuttiPlenty of candidates to choose from - David Turkki looking at the voting list. Picture by Verna Kuutti

David Turkki dropped by at the Finnish Consulate in Toronto to cast his vote in the advance polls for the Finnish parliamentary elections giving him the number one spot at least in Toronto. The advance polls are held in various locations around Canada until Saturday, April 9th. The voting days and opening hours vary, and are outlined below.

According to the Finnish Constitution sovereign power in Finland belongs to the people, represented by Parliament convened in session. The Finnish Parliament is unicameral and comprises 200 representatives.

Members of Parliament are elected every fourth year. Election Day is the third Sunday of April. Every Finnish citizen who has reached the age of 18 not later than on the day of the election is entitled to vote in parliamentary elections. The first parliamentary elections in Finland were held on 15 and 16 March 1907. The parliamentary elections 2011 are the 36th parliamentary elections held in Finland.

The advance voting period abroad starts on Wednesday April 6th and ends Saturday April 9th, 2011. More information about voting by the expatriate Finns can be found in the PDF-file below.

pdfVoting by the expatriate Finns (PDF, 41KB)

Advance polling station locations and times in Canada:

Embassy of Finland, Ottawa (ON): 6.-7 April 9 am – 6 pm and 8 April 9 am – 1 pm
55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 850, Ottawa
Telephone: (613) 288 2233

Consulate of Finland, Edmonton (AB): 6.-7 April 9 am – 4 pm
1400 Canadian Western Bank Place, 10303 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
Telephone: (780) 421 1818

Consulate of Finland, Montreal (QC): 6 April 9 am – 4 pm
Kenniff and Racine inc. Place Sherbrooke, 1010 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 602, Montreal (QC)
Telephone: (514) 282 9798

Consulate of Finland, Sudbury (ON): 6 April 9 am – 7 pm
176 McNaughton Street, Sudbury
Telephone: (705) 675 0067

Consulate of Finland, Thunder Bay (ON): 6 April 9 am – 4 pm
76 North Algoma Street, Thunder Bay
Telephone: (807) 344 9191

Consulate of Finland, Toronto (ON): 6.-8 April 9 am – 4 pm and 9 April 10 am – 2 pm
1200 Bay Street, Suite 604, Toronto
Telephone: (416) 964 0066

Consulate of Finland, Vancouver (BC): 6.-8 April 9 am – 5 pm
1188 West Georgia Street, Suite 1480, Vancouver
Telephone: (604) 688 4483

You must have your valid photo ID with you at the advance polling station. If you received the “notice of the right to vote” (voter’s card) in the mail, please bring it with you. However, if you do not have it, you can still vote.

Further information about the elections: www.vaalit.fi

More information: Tanja Neuvonen-Del Bosco, Head of Consular Affairs, tel. (613) 288 2240, email: tanja.neuvonen@formin.fi and www.vaalit.fi

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Updated 4/6/2011


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