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Regional Councils

  • At the start of 2011 there were 18 regions in mainland Finland, and the Åland Islands.
  • A regional council is the region's statutory joint municipal authority; every local authority must be a member of a regional council.
  • The councils have two main functions laid down by law: 1) regional development and 2) regional land use planning.
  • The councils are the regions' key international actors and they are largely responsible for the EU's Structural Fund programmes and their implementation.
  • Regional councils have the key role in promoting the region's interests.
  • The regional council protects the region's culture and traditions in many ways by networking with the actors in the region and in the same field to promote mental and economic well-being.
  • Each regional council is governed by a regional assembly and a regional board assisted by the council's office run by the director of the council. The total number of staff of all offices is about 650 persons, and the budgets about 50 million euros, or slightly less than 10 euros / resident.