Presidential election 2018 in Finland


Press release 1/2017 9 January 2018

In Finland the President of the Republic is elected by a direct vote for a term of six years. If necessary, the presidential election may consist of two rounds. First Election Day is Sunday 28 January 2018. Possible second round of the election is on February 11, 2018.


Accreditation is necessary for all foreign media representatives wishing to cover the Finnish Presidential Election 2018 and to take part in the media events.

Please, apply for accreditation at
no later than Friday, January 19, 2018. 

This accreditation covers also the possible second round of the election.

Media Programme for Presidential Election organized by MFA

Event: Election Night
Date: Sunday 28 January 2018
Time: From 5 pm till midnight
Venue: House of the Estates, Snellmanninkatu 9–11, Helsinki

The Press Room will offer simultaneous interpretation into English of the televised Election night programme broadcasted by Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.

The Presidential Candidates will enter the House of Estates approx. at 8.20 pm. They will give short comments to the media during their entrance.

The unofficial results of the Election will be ready approx. at 10.00 pm. After that there will be a press conference by the (still unofficial) Winner or the two Candidates proceeding to the final round to be held on Feb 11, 2018. Simultaneous interpretation into English will be provided.

Event: Analysis of the Election result
Date: Monday 29 January 2018
Time: From 11.00 to 12.30
Venue: Communications Department of the MFA, Kanavakatu 3 C, Helsinki
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise a post-election analysis and discussion event led by senior political journalist, Mr. Marko Junkkari, representing Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest Newspaper in Finland.

For more information about the Media Programme please visit

Inquiries: Mr. Matti Karvanen, Content and Communications Specialist, tel. +358 50 361 1462.

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