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Newly elected county councillor Anita Westerholm believes voters now pay more attention to gender diversity in decision-making. Image: Christoffer Westerlund / Yle
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Women majority happened because Finnish elections started from a clean slate, says researcher
Finland's county council elections were the first regional or municipality elections in the history of the country in which women won the majority of seats. In total, female candidates snapped up 53 percent of county councillor spots in the...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Who is Sanna Marin, Finland’s 34-year-old Prime Minister?
When Sanna Marin, 34, was sworn into office on Tuesday, she became the world’s youngest prime minister, a fact that drew international attention this week when her party elected her as Finland’s next leader. But while the world is just becoming...
Monday, April 24, 2017
Women have been voting more than men for three decades in Finland
This article was originally published by Yle on 9 April 2017 here. If voter turnout is any indication, women care more about the future of their municipalities than men. Women under 35 years of age in particular are far more likely to vote than men...