County elections

The first county elections will be conducted in Finland in January 2022 to elect a county council for each wellbeing services county. Until now, municipalities have been responsible for organising health, social and rescue services, but in future, this responsibility will be assumed by the wellbeing services counties. The wellbeing services counties are autonomous, and the highest decision-making power in each county will be exercised by a county council.

Wellbeing services counties constitute electoral districts for county elections 

Your place of residence determines the wellbeing services county in which you are entitled to vote. Each wellbeing services county has its own candidates, and you can only vote for the candidates standing for election in your wellbeing services county. There are 21 wellbeing services counties. The residents of Helsinki will not vote in the county elections, because the City of Helsinki will continue to be responsible for social, health and rescue services in Helsinki. Another exception is Åland, which is not affected by the health and social services reform.

Why is it important to vote in the county elections? 

By voting in the county elections, you can have a say on who will decide on important matters that concern everyone’s daily life. The councillors to be elected in the county elections will decide on the organisation of local services in the wellbeing services counties as of the beginning of 2023.

What should I do now? 

Information on the candidates for the 2022 county elections will be published in the Information and Result Service on 23 December 2021. You can also follow the election campaign advertising by political parties and candidates.

If you are entitled to vote, you will receive a notice of right to vote in December. The notice will be sent in electronic format if you have activated the Suomi.fi Messages service and given your consent for all official notifications to be sent to you electronically.

During the advance voting period, you can vote at any polling station of your choice. On election day, 23 January 2022, you may only vote at the polling station mentioned in the notice of right to vote sent to you.

Remember to vote in the county elections!

The advance voting period is from 12 to 18 January 2022 in Finland and from 12 to 15 January 2022 abroad.

Election day is 23 January 2022.