Did you know? About Scandinavia

The definition of Scandinavia varies. What countries belong to Scandinavia can be defined by history, culture and language. Scandinavia consists of Denmark, Norway and Sweden and, depending on whom you ask, also Finland and Iceland. Our definition of Scandinavia includes all these Nordic countries.

Under the tag #didyouknowaboutscandinavia we will share interesting facts about these countries with you. First out is Finland, whose citizens today go to the polls for the parliamentary elections. Finland was the country in Europe to make way for women’s right to vote in 1906.

Finnish women were the first in Europe who had the right to vote
The first European country to introduce women’s suffrage was Finland, at the time a grand duchy of Russia. Finland had been a Grand Duchy of the Russian empire since 1809. After Russia’s defeat in the war against Japan, internal political opposition against the imperial Tsarist regime increased. This unrest spread to Finland, where a general strike began at the end of October 1905. As a result of the unrest the Tsar issued a manifesto, which decreed that a Parliament based on universal suffrage would be established in Finland. The administrative reforms following the 1905 uprising granted Finnish women the right both to vote (universal and equal suffrage) and to stand for election in 1906.

From the book “Did you know? About Scandinavia” by Hans Akerblom and Scandinavian Leadership.

Did you know? About Scandinavia