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Under the Constitution, Finland is divided into municipalities whose administration is based on self-government. Municipalities make decisions on many issues that concern their residents.

The highest decision-making body in a municipality is a council elected by the residents. The council members, or councillors, are elected for four years at a time in municipal elections. The following municipal elections will take place on Sunday 9 April 2017.

In municipal elections, Finnish citizens and, under certain conditions, citizens of other countries living in the municipality may vote and stand for election. Voting in Finland is voluntary.

In the Region of Åland, no municipal elections will take place in 2017.

More information on the municipal elections on Sunday 9 April 2017

 
Published 10.3.2017