European Parliament elections

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European Parliament elections are held every five years in all Member States of the European Union. In Finland, the polling day is Sunday, 25 May. Statistics Finland produces official statistics from the elections; preliminary data are produced and made available on the Internet on the day following the actual polling day, final statistics are updated with the confirmed election result.

Detailed data on the European Parliament elections can be found on Statistics Finland’s website on the specific page designated for them in the list of statistics by topic, and since 1996 in the StatFin online service since (published in May 2004).

Statistics Finland receives the basic data for the elections from the Ministry of Justice’s election information system, the technical implementation of which it has assigned to Tieto Oyj. Statistics Finland’s election data system comprises four election data files: regional file, party file, candidate file and candidate register.

Data content

The main content includes: the numbers of personal votes cast for candidates and elected MEPs (+ comparative figures) on the level of the whole country and numbers of votes cast by constituency and municipality, numbers and proportions of votes cast for the parties by constituency and municipality separated into votes cast in advance voting and on the actual election day, numbers and proportions of votes cast for female candidates by party, numbers of those entitled to vote and those who voted by gender, numbers of advance voters by gender. From 2004 onwards data are also available by voting district in Statistics Finland’s StatFin online service.

Classifications used

Constituency, municipality group, municipality, voting district, party (included in the Register of Associations), political group in the European Parliament, nationality and country of residence.

Data collection methods and data sources

The Ministry of Justice’s election information system, the technical implementation of which it has assigned to TietoEnator Group. Statistics Finland receives the basic data on the elections from that company. The data are transmitted as an electronic data transfer from the election information system already on the election night for production of preliminary statistics. After confirmation of the election results, the confirmed results are supplied to Statistics Finland for compilation of the final election statistics. Information on advance voting is collected with forms from a few dozen municipalities not using the Ministry of Justice’s voting register.

Updating frequency

The election year of each European Parliament election.

Time of completion or release

Preliminary statistics are produced on the election night after the actual election day and they are also immediately available on the Internet. Final statistics (as a conventional paper publication) are produced in the year following the election year.

Time series

Statistics are available from 1996 onwards.


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Last updated 12.05.2014

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