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Record number of Finns vote in Estonia

The Finnish embassy in Tallinn.
The Finnish embassy in Tallinn. Source: (Siim Lõvi /ERR)

A total of 723 Finnish citizens living in Estonia cast their vote in the first round of voting of the Finnish presidential election. This is a new record, the Finnish embassy said on Monday.

"A record number of these yellow ballot envelopes are to be forwarded to Finland from Estonia this time," the Finnish embassy in Estonia said on social media, adding that the total number of votes cast was 723.

According to the embassy, 588 votes were cast in Estonia in the 2015 parliamentary election.

The first round of voting in this year's presidential election closed for the Finns living in Estonia on Saturday.

In Finland more than 110,000 people, or 24.2 percent of eligible voters, took part in the preliminary round of the presidential election on Sunday. The participation rate is considerably higher than six years ago in the last presidential election. Back then, the share of voters who voted by Sunday evening amounted to 20 percent.

The first round of the presidential election is to take place on Jan. 28. In case the president is not elected in that round, a second round will be held on Feb. 11.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS

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