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The role of local authorities as organisers of employment services will be strengthened in line with the Government Programme. In March 2021, local government pilots on employment will be launched in which local authorities will have responsibility for the service process for jobseekers and for the

A partner in development The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) partners with local authorities in development. We undertake research, development and innovation (RDI) activities to promote the modernisation of local authorities and the entire local government sector. We

The new research programme Finnish Local Government in Transition 2025 coordinated by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) explores the heterogeneity, dissimilarity and divergent development of Finnish cities and municipalities. The research programme’s objective is

Membership All Finnish municipalities, in total 310 (2020), 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

Established in 1992, the Brussels Office of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) oversees the interests of local government in EU decision-making. Located in the ‘House of Cities, Municipalities and Regions', the office works in close co-operation with other European

Town twinning is the cornerstone and the oldest form of international activities of municipalities and regions. In the Nordic countries, town twinning started already in the late 1930s, making it one of the world’s oldest municipal cooperation arrangements. Up north, the idea behind twinning was

Healthcare and social welfare are the most extensive local government functions and a central part of the Finnish system of welfare services. Everyone has a fundamental right to healthcare and social welfare services, and local authorities have the statutory responsibility to organise the healthcare

In Finland, as in the rest of Europe, the population is declining and its average age is increasing. Demographic changes have considerable impacts on macroeconomic indicators such as economic growth and investment. The change in the age ratio weakens public finances and poses challenges to the

The goal for the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities' immigration policy is to ensure that cities and municipalities can function locally, regionally and internationally. To this end, they need to fully harness the skills of immigrants and see to that Finland's humanitarian

Finnish local authorities spent EUR 47.2 billion in 2019 on arranging services and promoting the welfare of residents. Social and health care services account for almost a half of the total expenditure and education and culture almost one third. Local authorities finance their services with taxes

Municipalities’ service arranging responsibility and service provision are two different matters. The first means that, by special legislation, municipalities are required to ensure the availability of and the financing for the services. Municipalities have the financial responsibility for the

The Finnish Local Government Act requires that municipalities advance the well-being of their residents and promote sustainable development in their areas. Gender equality, non-discrimination and the observance of human rights are central to well-being and socially sustainable development. As the

A powerful advocate for all Finnish municipalities, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) promotes local self-government and the modernisation of municipal services. The AFLRA's core tasks are to advance the interests and development of municipalities and their partner

Finland has 310 municipalities (2020). They tend to be small, more than half of the municipalities have fewer than 6,000 residents. The smallest municipality, the Swedish-speaking town of Sottunga, has fewer than a hundred residents, whereas the number of residents in Finland’s capital Helsinki is

Municipal elections are held to elect councillors to municipal councils. The elections take place every four years, and the next municipal elections will be held on 13 June 2021. On that day, Finnish citizens aged 18 or over can choose who they want to represent them in municipal decision-making

The strategy of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities ‘An impactful partner for local government’ outlines the Association’s priorities and goals. It sets out the key measures we intend to take to advance the interests and development of local authorities and to reinvent

Established in 1994, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) participates in the EU’s legislative process by issuing opinions on affairs handled by the European Commission, Council and Parliament. The CoR brings the voice of local and regional authorities to EU decision-making. Its aim is to

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The key EU policy work priorities of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) are set out in its EU policy guidelines. Approved by the AFLRA’s board, the guidelines provide a strategic framework for lobbying efforts. The first EU policy guidelines were drawn up upon Finland