‘General elections’ refer to elections in which the right to vote is universal. This means that all people who meet the statutory requirements are entitled to vote instead of the right to vote being restricted to cover only some specific group of people.
The following general elections are conducted in Finland:
- parliamentary elections every four years,
- municipal elections every four years,
- election of the President of the Republic (presidential election) every six years, and
- elections to the European Parliament every five years.
In addition to elections, national and municipal consultative referendums in which the right to vote is universal may also be conducted.
In the autonomous region of Åland, elections to the Åland Parliament and municipal elections are also held every four years, but not in the same time as in the rest of Finland (www.val.ax)