Elections to the European Parliament 2024

The next elections to the European Parliament, or European elections, will be held in Finland in June 2024. By voting in the elections, you can have a say on who will represent Finland in the European Parliament for the next five years.

The European elections will be held simultaneously in all EU Member States. 

A total of 720 Members of the European Parliament, or MEPs, representing the citizens of the European Union will be elected to the European Parliament. Fifteen MEPs will be elected in Finland. Once elected, the MEPs usually join a European political group.

The European Parliament is a parliamentary representative body of the European Union that enacts legislation and adopts the EU budget together with the Council of the European Union. Furthermore, the European Parliament oversees the work of the Commission and EU agencies.

The Finnish candidates stand for election in the entire country, so you may vote for any of the candidates. Information on the candidates is available online in the Information and Result Service.

Read more about European elections and voting on frequently asked questions.

Timetable for the 2024 European elections

Election day: Sunday 9 June 
Advance voting period in Finland: from 29 May to 4 June 2024 
Advance voting period abroad: from 29 May to 1 June 2024

You can vote either in advance or on election day

Information about all advance polling stations is available in the Information and Result Service.

Your election day polling station will be mentioned on your polling card. You may also search for your polling station in the Polling Station Service of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

Read more about voting in advance and voting on election day.

If you have any questions about voting, you may contact the Elections Helpline free of charge (0800 9 4700 in Finnish and English or 0800 9 4771 in Swedish and English) or the WhatsApp message service (050 438 8730).

Who can vote?

Eligible voters in the 2024 European elections are both Finnish citizens and citizens of other EU Member States who reside in Finland and have registered to vote here who reach the age of 18 years on 9 June 2024 at the latest.

Each eligible voter may only vote in one EU Member State: either in their country of origin or in their country of residence.

Read more about the right to vote in Finland.

Polling card (notice of right to vote)

If you have the right to vote, a polling card will be sent to you. The polling card will be sent either by post or electronically via Suomi.fi Web Service according to your choice. For more information about the service, please see suomi.fi/viestit.

Read more about the European elections on the website of the European Parliament 
Read more about the political groups in the European Parliament

The European Parliament

The European Parliament is one of the legislative bodies of the European Union. The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are directly elected by citizens of the EU Member States every five years. The next European elections will be held in 2024. 

Each Member State conducts the elections in accordance with its national legislation.

The maximum number of Members of the European Parliament is 751. A maximum of 96 and a minimum of six MEPs are elected in each Member State.

The European Council decides on the number of MEPs to be elected and on the division of seats between the Member States upon proposal of the European Parliament. According to the decision for the 2024–2029 parliamentary term (22 September 2023), the total number of MEPs to be elected in the upcoming European elections is 720 and the number of MEPs to be elected in Finland is 15. In the previous European elections, MEPs were elected in Finland as follows: 16 MEPs in 1996 and 1999, 14 MEPs in 2004 and 2019, and 13 MEPs in 2009 and 2014.

The Members of the European Parliament sit in political groups. These are organised by political affiliation and not by nationality. A political group needs a minimum of 23 MEPs who represent at least seven Member States.

Read more about European political groups here.