Regional Development

Uusimaa-pks. Kuva Anni Levonen

Finland has 18 Regional Councils formed by municipalities. These councils have two main functions laid down by law: Regional Development and Regional Land Use Planning. In their planning, the regional councils take account the national targets set by the Government and Ministries.

All regional councils produce:

The plans and programmes of regional councils have mandatory legal consequences. In their own actions, local and national government authorities need to take account of the plans and programmes given by the councils.

Regional Development is intersectoral in nature. The better the cooperation between different administrative sectors is, the more effective are the measures in use.

International Cooperation is a way to strengthen the Regional Strategic Plan and its implementation. In Europe, the Regional Council works for a more effective use of EU programmes to achieve cohesion and economic growth.

For historical and geographical reasons, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council has a special interest in promoting cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region, promoting the Northern Dimension, and cooperating with some Russian regions, e.g. St Petersburg and Moscow.

Government and Public Sector in Finland

Summary of Main Institutions