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Published: 10 April 2015

A total of 2,146 candidates in Parliamentary elections 2015

Corrected on 10 April 2015 at 12:30 am. The corrections are indicated in red.

Altogether 2,146 candidates were nominated for the 2015 Parliamentary elections, which is 169 fewer than in the previous Parliamentary elections. Fifteen registered political parties take part in the Parliamentary elections. Of the registered parties, Sinivalkoinen Rintama - Blue and White Front r.p. did not nominate a candidate for the elections. Two fewer parties participate in the elections than in the previous Parliamentary elections. The data are based on Statistics Finland's statistics on the nomination of candidates for the Parliamentary elections 2015.

Men and women as percentage of candidates in Parliamentary elections 1970 to 2015, %

Men and women as percentage of candidates in Parliamentary elections 1970 to 2015, %

Of all candidates, 73.7 per cent have been nominated by the parties elected to the present Parliament (National Coalition Party, Finnish Social Democratic Party, The Finns Party, Centre Party of Finland, The Left Alliance, Swedish People's Party in Finland, Green League, Christian Democrats in Finland). Of the parties with no MPs in the present Parliament, the Independence Party ( 151  candidates) nominated most candidates and For the Poor (5 candidates) the least. A total of 31 candidates outside any party were nominated in the entire country.

A majority of the candidates in the Parliamentary elections have always been men. In the Parliamentary elections 2015, altogether 1,301 of the candidates are men and 845 women. Women's proportion of candidates is thus 39.4 per cent, which is 0.4 percentage  points higher than in the 2011 Parliamentary elections. When comparing with the previous Parliamentary elections, the proportion of women candidates among the candidates for the party decreased for three parliamentary parties. The proportion of women candidates fell most in the Centre Party of Finland, by 1.4 percentage points. The proportion of women candidates grew most in the Green League, by 4.5 percentage points. The proportion of women candidates is smallest for the Finns Party (35.3 per cent of candidates) and highest for the Green League (56.3 per cent of candidates).

The average age of all candidates is 45.8 years, that of male candidates is 46.1 and that of female ones 45.2. Of all candidates, 1,353 are aged 40 or over. Of the candidates, 18 are aged 75 or over and 111 are aged 25 or younger. The age of the candidate is the age on the election day.

The national register of candidates is published on the Internet pages of the Ministry of Justice ( More detailed data on the candidates can be found in the review: Background analysis of candidates in the Parliamentary elections 2015.

Number of candidates by sex and party in Parliamentary elections 2015

Party Total Men Women
Total 2,146 1,301 845
  National Coalition
214 115 99
  The Finnish Social
  Democratic Party
216 114 102
  The Finns
215 139 76
  Centre Party
  of Finland
216 130 86
  The Left
216 123 93
208 91 117
  Swedish People’’s
  Party in Finland
104 58 46
  Christian Democrats
  in Finland
193 105 88
  Workers Party
  of Finland
33 28 5
151 116 35
  For the Poor
5 - 5
  Pirate Party
  of Finland
123 107 16
  Change 2011 72 56 16
  The Communist
  Party of Finland
112 68 44
  Workers Party
30 26 4
31 22 9
  Others 7 3 4

Source: Parliamentary Elections 2015, nomination of candidates, background analysis of persons entitled to vote and candidates, Statistics Finland

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Updated 10.4.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Parliamentary elections [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6279. nomination of candidates 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.12.2023].
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