A featured letter to the editor (“Vieraskynä”) by the FACE researchers Johanna Peltoniemi and Hanna Wass was published in Helsingin Sanomat 22.3.2019. The text highlights the number of the Finnish electorate living abroad, their current patterns of participation and some issues relevant to these voters. It also reminds of the need to consider the electorate abroad when revising electoral legislation in future.
We are thrilled to announce that the research project Facilitating Electoral Participation from Abroad (FACE) is starting 1 April 2019. Funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, FACE examines Finnish expatriates’ political participation, especially voting. A survey conducted with a sample of 10.000 Finnish citizens permanently living abroad constitutes the main part of the project. The survey is currently being prepared and the invitations to participate will be mailed to the prospective participants at the end of April.