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Public administration in Finland is divided into State administration and local self-government. They both comprise several levels of government, and they are directed differently.


Regional administration in Finland encompasses State regional administration and regional administration within local self-government.

Finnish State administration consists of central, regional and local government, which are answerable to the Parliament. The state central administration comprises of the Government, including 12 ministries and 60 other central government units. State regional administration includes 6 State Provincial Offices, 15 Employment and Economic Development Centres and 13 Regional Environment Centres. In addition, the ministries and other central government authorities have several regional units in their administrative sectors. The state regional authorities perform tasks at regional level allotted to them by the central government and direct the activities of the State local administration.

There is strong local self-government in Finland. Finnish municipalities are directed by local councils, whose members are elected through direct elections. The number of municipalities is 313 at the beginning of 2016. They are responsible for organising the majority of public services provided to citizens. They are by law entitled to decide on matters under their jurisdiction.


All Finnish regions are part of the BSSSC network.

Uusimaa Regional Council

Contact person

Mr Janne Tamminen

Regional Council of Häme

Contact person

Ms Reetta Sorjonen

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