Finns living in Greece head to the polls on Jan. 17-20 to elect president

About 900 Finnish citizens living in Greece will participate in their country’s presidential election as of Wednesday and until January 20, in four poll centers set up at the Finnish Embassy in Athens and Consulates around the country.

Finnish tourists who will be in Greece during the election period are also eligible to vote.

In Athens, Finns registered in electoral registers abroad will be able to vote at the Embassy from January 17-19, from 9:00 to 19:00 and on January 20 from 10:00 to 14:00. In Thessaloniki, polls will be set up at the Finnish Consulate on January 19-20 from 16:00-20:00 and from 10:00-14:00 respectively. At the Consulate in Chania, Crete, polls will be open on January 17 from 16:00 to 21:00 and on January 18 from 10:00 to 14:00. In Rhodes, the Finnish Consulate will be open on January 17 from 10:00-14:00.

The Presidential elections are scheduled in Finland on January 28, with a second round on February 11, if necessary. About 4.5 million Finns are expected to participate in the polls to select among eight candidates. The incumbent President Sauli Niinisto is eligible for re-election. The president’s term will be from March 1, 2018 to March 1, 2024.

About 230,000 Finns living abroad will participate in the elections.