Municipal Elections

Municipal elections are held every four years to elect the municipal council, which is the highest governing body of a municipality. The statutory functions of the municipal council are determined by the Finnish Local Government Act.

The council will decide on the amount of councillors elected. If the municipal council does not reach a decision on the amount of the councillors, their number will be determined according to the population of the municipality as stated in the Local Government Act.

Do the following

You can read more about The Finnish election system on the Association of Finnish Municipalities (Kuntaliitto) website, and on the Ministry of Justice website, respectively.

To whom and on what terms

The highest election authority in Finland is the Ministry of Justice, which has the overall responsibility for the elections.

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