Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

The House of Municipalities

A powerful advocate for all Finnish municipalities, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities promotes local self-government and the modernisation of municipal services.  

The Association’s core tasks are to advance the interests and development of municipalities and their partner organisations and to provide services for them. The Association brings the voice of municipalities and the entire local government sector to social debate and decision-making. Our strength lies in multidisciplinary competence and a broad understanding of all aspects of local government work.

The Association employs a staff of about 230 people, who are mostly in expert positions. Our main office, the House of Municipalities, is located in Helsinki. The Association provides services in Finland’s two national languages – Finnish and Swedish.

Membership 

All Finnish municipalities, in total 311 (2017), are members of the Association. We also provide services to and cooperate with Finnish hospital districts, regional councils and joint municipal authorities.

Administration 

The Association has a director general and two deputy managing directors, who together with the unit directors and HR and strategy managers form the extended executive board.

  • Jari Koskinen, Director General
  • Timo Reina, Deputy Managing Director
  • Hanna Tainio, Deputy Managing Director

Decision-making 

The Association has the following political organs:

  • Electoral district’s General Assembly
  • The Delegation
  • The Board
  • Delegation of KT Local Government Employers
  • Advisory Committees

The Delegation and the Board consist of representatives of local authorities and have 76 and 15 members, respectively.

KT Local Government Employers is part of the Association and deals with labour market matters and issues relating to working life improvement.

The Association has two advisory committees. The Advisory Committee for small municipalities ensures that the Association takes account of the special needs of small municipalities in its work. The Advisory Committee for Swedish-speaking municipalities oversees that the Association provides services in Swedish to Finland’s Swedish-speaking and bilingual municipalities.

Financing 

The Association’s operating expenses and that of KT Local Government Employers total around -EUR34 million. The expenses are financed through membership fees, service charges, payment contributions, proceeds from product and service sales, project finance revenue, rental income, investment income and dividends from subsidiaries.

Subsidiaries 

The Association's subsidiaries engaged in business activity:

  • FCG Finnish Consulting Group: http://www.fcg.fi/eng/
  • Publishing company KL-Kustannus Oy
  • Service company Kuntaliitto Palvelut Oy
  • KL-Kuntahankinnat Oy, a joint purchasing body for local and regional government: http://kuntahankinnat.fi/en
  • Kuntatalo Oy, the House of Municipalities:

Strategy 

A SUCCESSFUL FINLAND MEANS LOCAL ACTION

Strategy of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities for council term 2017-2021.

Our mission 

We are working together with municipalities and counties to build a sustainable future.

  • Building a sustainable future means one of our key tasks is to look for socially, economically and ecologically sustainable solutions that cater to the varied needs of different municipalities and counties.
  • Our definition of sustainability also embraces social justice, gender equality and non-discrimination spanning across generations.
  • “Together with municipalities and counties” means we form strong partnerships and networks with them.  

Our vision 

A successful Finland means local action.

  • The best sustainable solutions to promote welfare and vitality emerge according to the principle of subsidiarity from bottom up action in local communities, municipalities, towns and cities, urban regions and counties — based on their own circumstances. Municipalities and counties must have sufficient financial resources and operating frameworks, and a freedom to deliver their functions. In our vision for a successful Finland, the State’s macro-level steering allows for consideration, development and innovation based on local circumstances.
  • Giving local residents opportunities for participation and influencing decisions that affect them is the cornerstone of Finland’s success. Each one of us has the keys for Finland’s future success: local acts, both great and small, matter.
  • A successful Finland is a locally global, networked and smart technology-based welfare society that constantly renews itself. Smart technology and information networks improve the synergies between the local and the global.

Our priorities 

  1. Staying one step ahead
  2. Cooperation across borders
  3. Culture of renewal