Municipal elections are held to elect the councillors of the municipalities. At the beginning of 2020 there were altogether 294 municipalities in continental Finland and 16 in the Province of Åland.
Municipal elections are held every four years on the third Sunday of April. If the third Sunday of April is Easter Day or the Sunday following Easter Day, the elections are held on the Sunday preceding Easter. The next municipal elections will be held in April 2021.
The number of councillors elected depends on the population of a municipality. According to Section 16 of the Local Government Act (410/2015) the number of councillors varies as follows:
|at most 5 000||13|
|20 001 - 50 000||27|
|50 001 - 100 000||51|
|100 001 - 250 000||59|
|250 001 - 500 000||67|
|over 500 000||79|