Who can stand for election?

Representatives can influence what happens in their parish, including how parish funds are spent, what activities are offered and who are nominated as lay members to the General Synod.

Ideally, candidates are men and women who represent parishioners of all ages and backgrounds and bring their own perspectives on the parish's work.

Candidates must be confirmed members of the Church who

  • have turned 18 on 18 November 2018 at the latest.
  • became parish members on or before 15 August 2018.
  • have given their written consent to stand for election.
  • are known for their Christian conviction.

Candidate lists

Candidate lists with several candidates are put forward for the elections. Candidates can be nominated by an electoral association with at least ten parishioners who are entitled to vote. If a parish belongs to a parish union, employees of the parish union or any of the parishes in the union are not eligible to stand for election. Parish workers are not eligible to stand in the parish in which they work.

Who is elected?

Election results are affected both by the overall votes received by a candidate list and by the votes received by an individual candidate. Election results are determined according to each candidate’s comparative index, meaning that candidate groups gain seats in proportion to the total number of votes they receive. Parish elections thus follow the same proportional voting system as municipal and national elections in Finland.

If you would like to stand for election, contact your parish for more information.