It has been clear before that people with low incomes are more likely to abstain from voting,” says Sami FredrikssonStatistics Finland’s leading actuary.
Education also showed a clear correlation with voting activity, as highly educated persons voted more often than the average population in parliamentary elections.
“The voting percentage of those with a higher university degree or further education was almost 36 percentage points higher than that of those with only basic education,” explains Fredriksson.
Women voted more actively than men in almost all age groups, except for those over 70, where men exceeded women in voting percentage. However, the biggest difference in voting activity between the sexes was observed in the younger age groups.
“Young men are less active voters than women. The voting activity of young women was about 10 percentage points higher than that of men of the same age.”
In the parliamentary elections, working people voted most actively, and those outside the labor force had the lowest turnout.
The voting percentage of voters with a foreign language background was significantly lower than for those who spoke domestic languages. Less than 40% of eligible voters with a foreign language background voted, while more than 71% of Finnish or Sami speakers and as many as 76.5% of Swedish speakers participated in the elections.
The analysis was based on voters who participated in the 2023 parliamentary elections, the Ministry of Justice’s voter register data and voting activity data. It should be noted that the data on voting activity may in practice differ slightly from the total voting data on ballots at the national level.
Source: The Nordic Page