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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

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

The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) has engaged in lobbying at EU level for a long time: the year 2022 marks 30 years since the opening of our Brussels Office. We led the way already before Finland joined the EU. Active lobbying in the EU is an increasingly important

Finland has 18 regions and the autonomous province of the Åland Islands. There are 309 municipalities and cities: 293 in continental Finland and 16 in the Åland Islands. Local authorities cooperate on a voluntary basis in various thematic areas that support regional development, for example in

Local government finances are an important part of Finland’s general government finances. Finnish cities and municipalities have a large degree of autonomy, for example the right to levy taxes and freedom to manage their own finances. The strategic objective of the municipalities’ policy on

The network started as a project in November 2021. It is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and coordinated by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities. The network consists of Finland’s six largest cities: Espoo, Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Vantaa. The

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 in 2025. Then Finnish citizens aged 18 or over can choose who they want to represent them in municipal decision-making bodies. Municipal

The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities has two office locations. Our headquarters are in Helsinki, Finland and we also have an office in Brussels, Belgium. Helsinki office (House of Municipalities) Toinen linja 14 00101 Helsinki, Finland Telephone: +358 9 7711 E-mail: info(at

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

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

Finland has 309 municipalities (2021). They tend to be small, more than half of them have fewer than 6,000 residents. These small municipalities account for about half of the land area, but only for 15 per cent of the population and for about 10 per cent of all jobs. The smallest municipalities have

Local authorities arrange statutory basic public services for their residents. As a rule, these services are financed from municipal tax revenue, central government transfers to local government and service fees and charges. Key basic public services are: education and culture, such as early

The next municipal elections will be in 2025. We will then have an opportunity to choose who will represent us in municipal decision-making bodies. Municipal elections are essentially about local democracy. There we elect the decision-makers who are closest to us and shape our daily lives. The

Local authorities lay the foundation for a good life for municipal residents. A municipality is made up of us all, we contribute to its workings every day by living our lives, participating and voicing our views. So let's put the unity into community. We at the Association of Finnish Local and

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

The AFLRA’s Brussels Office brings the views of Finland’s regional and local governments into EU debates and decision making. It seeks to raise the profile of Finnish local authorities and make known the Finnish welfare services and special features of the administrative system. Contact information

The 2021 municipal elections were held on 13 June 2021. Given the exceptional times under the Covid-19 pandemic, the voter turnout was historically low at 55.1 per cent. To ensure Covid-safe elections, the advance voting period was extended to two weeks. This boosted the proportion of advance voters