Almost 900,000 advance votes cast in EU Parliament elections

The number is 21% of everyone who is entitled to vote at these elections.

File picture of woman voting in election with Finnish flag behind / Credit: Getty Images

Almost 900,000 people have already cast their ballots in advance of Sunday’s European Parliament elections.

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show that 897,162 people voted between 15th and 21st May – or 21% of people entitled to vote.

The numbers will certainly change once advance votes from abroad are counted and added to the total.

In the previous European Parliament elections in 2014, the corresponding figure at the end of advance voting was 17.% so this represents an increase.

Looking more closely at different parts of the country, the highest advance turnout was in Helsinki, with 26%. The lowest was in Ă…land with 12%.