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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

The Association's Brussels office is a centre for lobbying towards the European Union for the Finnish local and regional authorities. Located close to the EU Institutions, in the ‘House of Cities, Municipalities and Regions', the office works in close co-operation with other European local

The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities oversees the interests of municipalities and regions in the European Union and in international cooperation. We want to influence EU policy-making and capitalize on the opportunities offered by international collaboration to ensure better

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

There are 18 regions on mainland Finland. A regional council is the region's statutory joint municipal authority; every local authority must be a member of a regional council. The autonomous province of Åland Islands off the southwest coast of Finland is also a region, but its administration is

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

The Association's Brussels office is a centre for lobbying towards the European Union for the Finnish local and regional authorities. Located close to the EU Institutions, in the ‘House of Cities, Municipalities and Regions', the office works in close co-operation with other European local

The goal for the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities' immigration policy is to ensure that 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 responsibilities

The ARTTU2 Research Programme examines the impact on municipalities and municipal residents of the changes brought about by past and future municipal reforms. The research programme, coordinated by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, began in late 2014 and is set to continue

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

Finnish municipalities have a strong social impact and, on a European scale, an exceptionally wide range of functions. Local authorities arrange basic public services for their residents, including social welfare, health care, education and culture, and technical services. Local authorities are

Finland has 311 municipalities (2017). 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 no more than a hundred residents (2015), whereas the number of residents in Finland’s capital

Local residents have a right to a good living environment. Municipalities are creating better local environments for everyone through their housing policy, public construction, maintenance of traffic routes, public transport, waste management, parks and outdoor areas. Land use and building control

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

Finland has 18 regions and the autonomous province of Åland Islands. Mainland Finland is divided into 68, and the Åland Islands into three sub-regional units. Sub-regional units are made up of one or more municipalities. Regional development in line with the Finnish and EU regional policy requires

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