Municipal elections are where you can influence everyday life
Municipal elections will be held on Sunday 18 April 2021.
The city council is an important decision-making body: the decisions that have the greatest impacts on the everyday life of Finns are made in municipalities. Municipalities will decide in the following years how to solve issues such as climate change, protecting nature, improving healthcare, early childhood education, services for the elderly, basic education, and exercise and cultural services. From the citizen’s point of view, municipal elections are the most important elections.
All Finnish citizens aged 18 and over and those citizens of EU countries, Norway and Iceland whose home municipality has been in Finland for 51 days before the elections are eligible to vote in municipal elections. More about eligibility to vote can be found on vaalit.fi/tietoa-kuntavaaleista-eri-kielilla1. In municipal elections, you can only vote for a candidate from the municipality in which you live. This means a Helsinki resident can vote for anyone who is a candidate in Helsinki.
A total of 85 councillors are elected to the Helsinki City Council in municipal elections. The candidates chosen now will be councillors for the next four years, i.e. for one council term. During the current council term, 2017–2021, the Greens’ council group, with 21 councillors, is influential and the second biggest political group in the council. In the next municipal elections, our goal is to be the biggest council group in Helsinki!
Become a candidate in municipal elections
Are you interested in being a candidate for the Greens? Tell us about yourself here!
In the Helsinki municipal elections, the Greens’ candidate list will have 127 candidates. The search for eligible candidates will run until the beginning of March, and the candidate list is meant to comprehensively represent all of Helsinki’s citizens and green values: we need decision makers who are experts in everyday life and who come from different backgrounds.
For more information on becoming a candidate, contact the Helsinki Greens’ campaign manager Emma Mikkilä: firstname.lastname@example.org, 045 125 2541
Join the campaign team of a municipal elections candidate
You can register to join a support group for your chosen candidate from Helsinki in municipal elections here.
Greens candidates need a lot of supporters to help with their own campaigning. The people in support groups are a great resource for candidates. Depending on the group and the candidate, the candidate may be able to use the group to debate political issues and election compass answers, plan their communications, organise events and distribute brochures. A diversity of knowledge is needed!
What do the Greens do?
The Greens work for a fair change, and today the worldwide green movement is needed more than ever. At the local level, Greens are an important factor in the largest cities of Finland. In Helsinki the Greens are the 2nd largest party with 21 city councilors and with 24.1% of the vote in the local elections of 2017.
The Green League is one of the five parties forming the Finnish Government since June 2019. In the parliamentary elections 2019 the Greens had the biggest support with 23.5% of the vote in Helsinki. We have six Helsinki based members of parliament, and the Green ministers are Pekka Haavisto (Foreign Affairs) and Maria Ohisalo (Interior) from Helsinki and Krista Mikkonen (Environment and Climate).
As of the 2019 elections, three of the Finnish representatives in the European Parliament are Green: Alviina Alametsä, Heidi Hautala and Ville Niinistö. The Greens got 27.8% of the vote in Helsinki and 16.0% nationwide.
Want to join?
Membership of the Greens is a way to take a stand about the world affairs. As a member you take part in changing the world and defending humanity, the environment and those who are too weak to defend themselves. Work for the environment, equality, education and greener future is done between elections. With your membership fee you support our work for a better world.
We are not just a political party: we are a movement, and we are just as strong as our members are. You are most welcome to join us in action!
In Helsinki we have 13 member associations, from which you can join whatever you like. At least The Green Society (Vihreä Seura) offers services in English.
Membership fee for 2021: 35 €
Reduced fee (for students, unemployed, etc.): 15 €
Fee is valid for the current calendar year.
The Helsinki Greens
Fredrikinkatu 33 A, 2nd floor
Tel. +35845 125 2541
– General administration, finance and communications
– Coordination of the elections
Tel. +35840 754 3313
– Matters related to the Green Group in the city council
– Matters related to positions of responsibility
– Communications and political planning
Tel. +35840 185 2212
– Coordination of member associations’ activities
– Volunteer support
– Organising events and courses
Tel. +35840 185 2212
– Municipal elections