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FINLAND
 COUNTRY  Republic of Finland
 ELECTION TYPE   Presidential
 DATE  January 15, 2006
At stake in this election:
  • The office of President of Finland
Description of government structure:
  • Chief of State: President Tarja HALONEN
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Matti VANHANEN
  • Assembly: Finland has a unicameral Parliament (Eduskunta) with 200 seats.
Description of electoral structure:
  • The president is elected by popular vote to serve a six-year term.
  • In the Parliament (Eduskunta), 200 members are elected by popular vote on a proportional basis to serve four-year terms.
Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Presidential candidate: Tarja HALONEN
    Party: Social Democratic Party

  • Presidential candidate: Sauli NIINISTÍ
    Party: National Coalition Party

  • Presidential candidate: Matti VANHANEN
    Party: Centre Party

  • Presidential candidate: Heidi HAUTALA
    Party: Green League

  • Presidential candidate: Bjarne KALLIS
    Party: Christian Democrats

  • Presidential candidate: Timo SOINI
    Party: True Finns

  • Presidential candidate: Arto LAHTI
    Party: Independent candidate

  • Presidential candidate: Henrik LAX
    Party: Swedish People's Party

When was the last election?
  • The last presidential election was held on January 16, 2000 and February 6, 2000. Tarja HALONEN (SDP) was elected president with 51.6% of the vote against Esko AHO (Kesk) with 48.4%.
Population and number of registered voters:
  • Population: 5,223,442 (July 2005 est.)
  • Number of registered voters: 4,276,967
Of interest:
  • If none of the candidates receives a majority of the votes cast in the first round election, a run-off vote will be held on January 29 between the two candidates who received most votes in the first round.
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