1931 Finnish prohibition referendum

29–30 December 1931

Results
Choice
Votes %
Complete abolition of prohibition 546,293 70.54%
Total prohibition 217,169 28.04%
Weak alcoholic drinks allowed 10,947 1.41%
Valid votes 774,409 99.55%
Invalid or blank votes 3,476 0.45%
Total votes 777,885 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 1,752,315 44.39%

A referendum on prohibition was held in Finland on 29 and 30 December 1931.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of the continuation of the prohibition law passed in 1919. Of the three options presented, the complete abolition of prohibition was backed by 70.5% of voters with a turnout of only 44.4%.[2]

Support for prohibition was stronger among women than men, and stronger in rural areas than in cities. Turnout for men (53%) was significantly higher than for women (37%), while turnout in cities (54%) was higher than in rural areas (42%). The ballots used by men and women were different colours.[3]

Results

Choice Votes %
Complete abolition of prohibition 546,293 70.5
Total prohibition 217,169 28.0
Weak alcoholic drinks allowed 10,947 1.4
Invalid/blank votes 3,476
Total 777,885 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,752,315 44.40
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, Direct Democracy

References

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p606 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p613
  3. ^ Kieltolakiäänestys vuonna 1931. Suomen virallinen tilasto XXIX C 1. (Valtioneuvoston kirjapaino, Helsinki 1932.)