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Advance voting abroad was brisk– Voting in the parliamentary elections rose by more than a quarter, to over 35,000

Press release 130/2011
15 April 2011

A total of 35,049 voters cast their ballots for the parliamentary elections at Finnish diplomatic missions abroad. The number of voters increased on the figure for the parliamentary elections of 2007 by 27.9 per cent. In the previous elections, the number of voters had totalled 27,399.

In all, the number of people entitled to vote and living abroad permanently came this year to nearly 228,000.

Advance voting for the parliamentary elections was organised this year in 91 countries, where there was a total of 241 polling stations. This year there were seven more polling stations than in the parliamentary elections of 2007.

The possibility to vote was also organised for the crew of some Finnish ships. A little over 400 votes were obtained from ship crew members.

As before, the most advance votes, in all 9,442, were cast in Sweden, where the number of advance voters was 2,864 more than in 2007. The second highest number of advance votes, in total 5,101, was cast in Spain, followed by Germany with 2,431 votes, the United States with 1,847 votes, the United Kingdom with 1,707 votes and Belgium with 1,219 votes.

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