The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council is a joint regional authority. The Council represents the interests of 26 member
with a population of 1,6 million people, which is more than a quarter of
total population. The surface area of the region is 9 440 km2.
The tasks of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region Council include regional and land-use planning and the promotion of local and regional interests in general. The Council creates conditions for wellbeing, economic development and a safe and attractive physical environment for its citizens. It receives its funding from the member municipalities.
The officials in the Council are politicians elected by the member
municipalities for a mandate of four years. They represent the political
will of the region according to results of the local elections.
In Finland, there are 18 Regional Councils formed
by municipalities. The municipal division is decided by the Finnish Government and the current municipal division came into force in 2009.