Country Profile: Republic of Finland

 NATIONAL

GOVERNEMENT

Government : www.valtioneuvosto.fi
ADMINISTRATION Ministry of Finance, Department of personnel and governance : www.vm.fi/vm/en/02_ministry/02_organisation_and_functions/05_personnel_department/index.jsp

PARLIAMENT

Unicameral : http://web.eduskunta.fi

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

Spain is a unitary state composed of municipalities (kunta) and regions (maakunnan liitto).
ADMINISTRATIVE
DIVISIONS
LEVEL 1

18 regions (Maakunnan Liito) and the autonomous province of Aland
The Regional Council is a joint statutory local authority.It is composed of members elected by the municipalities in the same region and is based on an administrative team.

Regional Councils:

During the 2010 Administrative reform, six Regional State Administrative Agencies started operating. The agencies’ tasks consist of those of the former state provincial offices, occupational health and safety districts, environmental permit agencies and regional environmental centres. The agencies work in close collaboration with local authorities.

The agencies foster regional parity by executing all legislative implementation, steering and supervision functions in the regions. The agencies strengthen implementation of basic rights and legal protection, access to basic public services, environmental protection, environmental sustainability, public safety and a safe and healthy living and working environment in the regions. www.avi.fi/fi/Sivut/inenglish.aspx

Administrative agencies of Finland Formed by regions of

  • South Finland: Uusimaa, Tavastia Proper, Päijänne Tavastia, Kymenlaakso, South Karelia
  • Southwest Finland: Finland Proper, Satakunta
  • West and Central Finland: Pirkanmaa, Central Finland, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Ostrobothnia
  • East Finland: Southern Savonia, Northern Savonia, North Karelia
  • North Finland:Northern Ostrobothnia, Kainuu
  • Lapland
  • Aland is a 7th autonomous Region.

ADMINISTRATIVE
DIVISIONS
LEVEL 2
Not applicable. No intermediary divisions. 

ADMINISTRATIVE
DIVISIONS
LEVEL 3

336 municipalities.

The municipal council is elected by proportional representation. This legislative body elects the executive committee and the mayor. The Executive Committee is composed of members appointed by the municipal council. It is responsible for the financial and administrative management of the municipality. It is assisted by sectoral committees. The mayor is appointed by the council. This officer directs the administration and prepares the decisions of the Executive Committee.

ASSOCIATIONS OF
TERRITORIAL
COMMUNITIES

Association of the Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
Contact : info@kuntaliitto.fi ; Web: www.localfinland.fi/en/Pages/default.aspx

UNIVERSITIES AND SCHOOLS OF ADMINISTRATION

  • Finnish Institute of Public Management Ltd: www.haus.fi
  • University of Tampere, Department of Local Government Studies ; Department of Regional Studies: www.uta.fi ; Contact : kirjaamo@uta.fi

RESEARCH CENTRES

ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES JOURNALS

Hallinnon tutkimus (Management Reserach) : http://hallinnontutkimus.fi; Editor Contact : Turo Virtanen: turo.virtanen@helsinki.fi

ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES
ASSOCIATIONS

Hallinnon tutkimus / Finnish Association for Administrative Studies : http://hallinnontutkimus.fi

CONTACT MEMBER STATE

National Institute of PublicAdministration – INAP (Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública): www.ifsa.fr

CONTACT SECTION
NATIONALE

CONTACT IASIA

  • HAUS Finnish Institute of Public Management Ltd: www.haus.fi
  • University of Tampere, Department of Local Government Studies ; Department of Regional Studies: www.uta.fi ; Contact : kirjaamo@uta.fi
CONTACT EGPA