The Association

About us

Membership 

All Finnish municipalities, in total 309 (2021), are members of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities — the AFLRA. We also provide services to and cooperate with Finnish hospital districts, regional councils and joint municipal authorities.

Administration 

The AFLRA has a chief executive officer and two deputy managing directors, who together with the unit directors and HR and strategy managers form the extended executive board.

  • Minna Karhunen, CEO
  • Timo Reina, Deputy Managing Director
  • Hanna Tainio, Deputy Managing Director

Decision-making

The AFLRA’s decision-making bodies are the Delegation and the Board. The Delegation elects the Board and approves the AFLRA's budget and financial statements. The Board manages the AFLRA's activities and has a steering committee for preparing the matters to be handled for the Board and taking care of any other matters assigned to it by the Board. The Delegation and the Board consist of representatives of local authorities and have 76 and 15 members, respectively. The Delegation is elected every four years by a vote by the members.

  • Chair of the Board: Joona Räsänen (Social Democratic Party)
  • 1st Deputy Chair: Sari Rautio (National Coalition Party)
  • 2nd Deputy Chair: Tapani Tölli (Centre Party)

We have an advisory committee to ensure that we take account of the special needs of small municipalities in our work, and another one to oversee that we provide services in Swedish to Finland’s Swedish-speaking and bilingual local authorities.

Subsidiaries 

The AFLRA's subsidiaries engaged in business activity:

  • FCG Finnish Consulting Group
  • Publishing company KL-Kustannus Oy
  • KL-Kuntahankinnat Oy, a joint purchasing body for local and regional government