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Mon, 09 Feb, 2015 02:38:39 AM
Foreign-background voters grow 50% in 4 years
FTimes-STT Report, Feb 9
 
Parliament inside. File Photo Lehtikuva.
More voters of foreign background than ever before will be eligible for the forthcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for April, reported the Finnish language daily Keskisuomalainen.
 
According to the report, the number of voters of foreign background has increased by more than 50 per cent over last four years.
 
The current figure of eligible voters of foreign background is 75,000, while the figure during the previous elections was 49,000.
 
Foreign origin people in Finland.File Photo Lehtikuva.
The proportion of eligible voters of foreign voters is less than two per cent.
 
Nearly one-third of the eligible voters of foreign background speak Russian as their native language. The second largest group speak Arabic and the third largest speak Somali.
 
Election campaigning of last parliamentary polls. File Photo Lehtikuva.
According to the Keskisuomalainen, the survey report scheduled to be published in the spring will establish that the ration of casting votes by foreign origin voters is less than the native Finnish.
 
In particular, the gap is manifested in the middle aged voters.
 
 
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