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Published: 6 November 2008

Confirmed result. Coalition Party the largest political party, True Finns the biggest winners in Municipal elections 2008

Correction to the statistical release dated 6 November 2008 at 9.00. The corrections made 6 November 2008 at 10.30 and indicated in red, previously 1,7 and 1,5.

These were the first Municipal elections in which the Coalition Party rose to the position of the largest party in Finland. In the four preceding Municipal elections the Coalition Party has been in third place. The Coalition Party took 23.5 per cent of the votes cast and increased its share of votes cast by 1.6 percentage points. The total number of votes for the Coalition Party was 599,148, which is good 77,700 votes more than in the preceding Municipal elections in 2004.

The Social Democratic Party took the second most votes and lost the position of the largest party which it had assumed in the previous elections. It took 21.2 per cent of all votes cast and lost 2.9 percentage points of support. The total number of votes cast for the Social Democratic Party fell by some 33,700 from the preceding elections.

The Centre Party fell back from its second position and is now the third largest party in Finland. Support for the Centre Party was 20.1 per cent and it lost 2.7 percentage points of support when compared to the preceding elections. The Centre Party took a total of some 513,200 votes, which was 30,658 votes less than in 2004.

Of all the parties the True Finns increased their support the most. Support for the True Finns now stood at 5.4 per cent, which was 4.5 percentage points more than in the preceding Municipal elections. The 137,758 votes taken by the True Finns indicated an increase of as much as 116,341 votes from 2004.

The Green League was also among the winners of the elections as it rose to the fourth largest party in Finland. It took 8.9 per cent of the votes cast and increased its share of votes cast by 1.6 percentage points.

Voting turnout was higher in these elections than four years previously. The voting percentage stood at 61.3 per cent, having been 58.6 in 2004. The number of advance votes cast also increased in these elections, by 82,209 votes. A total of 39.8 per cent of all voters cast their vote in advance.

Proportion of votes cast for the parties in the Municipal elections in 2008 and 2004, (%)

Other parties 2008; SKP, IP, KTP, STP, SSP, KA,
Other parties 2004; LIB, EKA, SKP, YVP, KA, SKS, VSL, SI, VEV, KTP

Source: Election Statistics, Municipal elections 2008. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 6.11.2008

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Kunnallisvaalit [e-publication].
ISSN=2323-1092. 2008. Helsinki: Tilastokeskus [referred: 25.5.2022].
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