Parties taking part in the elections

All political parties may nominate candidates in the elections to the European Parliament . A party may nominate a maximum of 20 candidates. Small parties often form electoral alliances to make it easier for their candidates to get elected to Parliament.

The candidates of the parties share a common ideologue or goal. Before making any decisions and voting, the party members discuss issues with one another. They seek to vote together so that the goals of the party are achieved in decision making.

There are many political parties in Finland. They are divided into left-wing, centre and right-wing parties and seated accordingly in Parliament. Left-wing parties support socialist ideals. Right-wing parties support a liberal market economy. In the centre are the parties whose ideas fall between these two extremes.