Assembly: Finland has a unicameral Parliament (Eduskunta) with 200 seats.
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.
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
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%.
number of registered voters:
Population: 5,223,442 (July 2005 est.)
Number of registered voters: 4,276,967
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.