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Right to influence society

When you turn 18, you will get the right to vote and stand for election. Different elections have slightly different conditions for the right to vote and stand for election. 

Young persons aged 18 or over can also make citizens' initiatives or support initiatives made by other people. You can propose a new law or changes to an existing one with a citizens' initiative.

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Youth and civic activity

Young people can influence matters in their own school, leisure activities, and their home town. Persons over the age of 18 are entitled to vote.

Voting in municipal elections

You have the right to vote in municipal elections if you are a resident of the municipality and reach the age of 18 by the election day.

Voting in parliamentary elections

You have the right to vote in the parliamentary elections if you are a Finnish citizen and have reached the age of 18 by the election day.

Voting in the presidential election

You have the right to vote in the presidential election if you are a Finnish citizen and have reached the age of 18 by the election day.

Voting in the European Parliamentary elections

Finnish citizens and citizens of other EU countries have the right to vote in European Parliamentary elections in Finland if they live in Finland.

Submitting initiatives

Citizens can influence national legislation and decision-making in their home municipalities by submitting or supporting initiatives.