Find out about Finnish local democracy and governance

Shared #1 in Protection of Fundamental rights (Rule of Law Index 2016, WJP)

Finnish local governance is built around municipalities. Local authorities provide basic public services for their residents, the most important of which relate to social welfare and health care, education and culture, the environment and technical infrastructure. For these reasons, local democracy is a pivotal element in the Finnish welfare state.

Come and see how the Finns have established their local governance around municipalities. You may find out why local democracy was the key factor in turning the young civil war ravaged nation into one of the most successful countries in the world.

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University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+


The purpose of HY+ organization is to improve the future world and well-being of people through enhancing learning, knowledge sharing, and development.


UniVisits are targeted to professionals in diverse fields wishing to learn state-of-the-art know-how in their own area. Based on the expertise of the eleven faculties of the University of Helsinki, we design customised programmes to meet the needs of each visit group.

University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+

P.O. Box 53 (Fabianinkatu 32)

FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Switchboard: +358 294 1911