Jyväskylä City Council

Local residents’ initiative

The residents of a municipality and the corporate entities and foundations operating in the municipality have the right to submit initiatives on matters concerning the municipality’s activities. In accordance with the administrative regulations section 115 of the City of Jyväskylä, the initiative will be examined by the authority who is authorised to make decisions in the matter referred to in the initiative.

Contact details have to be enclosed for the initiative to be processed. Email security is not ensured, thus you should not enter any sensitive information in the message, e.g. your ID code, bank account number or similar. You can call the City of Jyväskylä Registry and enquire about the progress of processing your initiative. The person who submitted the initiative will be informed about the procedures carried out on account of the initiative.

The initiative may be prepared in free form and submitted to the registry either by email or by post:

Email: kirjaamo[at]jyvaskyla.fi
Visiting address: City Hall, Vapaudenkatu 32
Mailing address: PL 193, 40101 Jyväskylän kaupunki
Phone: +358 14 266 0888

Or, the initiative may be prepared online on Kuntalaisaloite.fi service.

As of the beginning of 2019, all local resident initiatives and their responses are entered here (In Finnish).

In Finland local self-government is guaranteed by the constitution. The City Council is elected for four years in direct proportional elections by the residents of the city. The number of the councilors in the Jyväskylä City Council is 67 and they represent eight different parties. The council is the highest authority and responsible for the most important decisions in the city such as the decision for the city budget. The Council also decides on the municipal income tax as well as the real estate tax rates. A foreign citizen has the right to vote or to be put up as a candidate for the local elections after 2 years of living in Finland.

More information on the Finnish local government from the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

Chair of the Jyväskylä City Council

Chair of the Jyväskylä City Council is Ms Riitta Mäkinen, SDP (Social Democratic Party)
I Vice Chair of the City Council is Ms Tuulia Kuntsi, KESK (Centre Party)
II Vice Chair of the City Council is Ms Tuija Mäkinen, VIHR (Green League)

E-mails of the councillors: firstname.surname@jyvaskyla.fi

City Council meetings 2019

City Council meetings are open to public and are held once a month on Mondays in Jyväskylä City Hall (Vapaudenkatu 32).
The time of the meetings will be published on the City's website (in Finnish).
City Council meetings are broadcasted on live and can be seen here (in Finnish).
Jyväskylä City Council on Twitter: #jklvaltuusto

City Council Agendas and minutes (in Finnish)

Composition of the City Council and number of representatives in each party 2017-2021, total of 67 members:

Green League 14
The Finnish Social Democratic Party 13
National Coalition Party 12
Centre Party of Finland 11
The Left Alliance 7
The Finns Party 5
Christian Democrats in Finland 4
Pirate Party of Finland 1

Municipal Boards

Municipal boards are chosen by the city council among those persons in the municipality that are eligible. The municipal boards in the city of Jyväskylä take care of the tasks related to the following fields: education, culture and sports, youth, social and healthcare, construction and environment, city infrastructure, auditing, Central Finland emergency services, and municipal elections.

Local residents’ initiative

The residents of a municipality and the corporate entities and foundations operating in the municipality have the right to submit initiatives on matters concerning the municipality’s activities. In accordance with the administrative regulations section 115 of the City of Jyväskylä, the initiative will be examined by the authority who is authorised to make decisions in the matter referred to in the initiative.

Contact details have to be enclosed for the initiative to be processed. Email security is not ensured, thus you should not enter any sensitive information in the message, e.g. your ID code, bank account number or similar. You can call the City of Jyväskylä Registry and enquire about the progress of processing your initiative. The person who submitted the initiative will be informed about the procedures carried out on account of the initiative.

The initiative may be prepared in free form and submitted to the registry either by email or by post:

Email: kirjaamo[at]jyvaskyla.fi
Visiting address: City Hall, Vapaudenkatu 32
Mailing address: PL 193, 40101 Jyväskylän kaupunki
Phone: +358 14 266 0888

Or, the initiative may be prepared online on Kuntalaisaloite.fi service.

As of the beginning of 2019, all local resident initiatives and their responses are entered here (In Finnish).

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