Regional Councils in Finland
Finnish regional councils are joint regional authorities and their members are the municipalities in the corresponding geographical regions. Together, the 18 regional councils cover the entire country. They are mandated in Finnish law, and each council receives its funding from its member municipalities. The regional councils also receive funds for regional development from the Government and the European Union.
The councils operate according to the principles of local self-government. The tasks of the councils include regional and land-use planning and the promotion of local and regional interests in general. The councils articulate common regional needs, long term development goals and conditions for sustainable development.
Development plans elaborate policy objectives in the areas of
housing, logistics, infrastructure and the environment
employment opportunities, education and innovation
public services and welfare.
To support their strategic planning, the regional councils also assemble statistics about their regions, either by contracting out studies or by performing their own. The councils, as well as providing funding for local projects, are also actively involved in the promotion of cross-border cooperation among European regions.