Jyväskylä City Council

Local residents’ initiatives

Residents of a municipality have the right to submit initiatives on matters concerning the municipality’s activities. Initiatives related to the operations of the City of Jyväskylä can be submitted at Kuntalaisaloite.fi or by using the printable form. Browse local residents’ initiatives and submit an initiative online (in Finnish): www.kuntalaisaloite.fi

Printable form: PDF, can be filled out by hand. The filled-in form should be submitted to the Registry Office of the City of Jyväskylä:

Email: kirjaamo[at]jyvaskyla.fi
Visiting address: City Hall, Vapaudenkatu 32
Mailing address: PL 193, 40101 Jyväskylän kaupunki

The initiatives are forwarded to the relevant authorities for processing and any further measures. The security of email messages cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, please do not include sensitive information – such as your social security number or bank account number – in your message. The items marked with an asterisk (*) are obligatory. You can ask the Registry Office about the progress of your initiative.

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’ initiatives

Residents of a municipality have the right to submit initiatives on matters concerning the municipality’s activities. Initiatives related to the operations of the City of Jyväskylä can be submitted at Kuntalaisaloite.fi or by using the printable form. Browse local residents’ initiatives and submit an initiative online (in Finnish): www.kuntalaisaloite.fi

Printable form: PDF, can be filled out by hand. The filled-in form should be submitted to the Registry Office of the City of Jyväskylä:

Email: kirjaamo[at]jyvaskyla.fi
Visiting address: City Hall, Vapaudenkatu 32
Mailing address: PL 193, 40101 Jyväskylän kaupunki

The initiatives are forwarded to the relevant authorities for processing and any further measures. The security of email messages cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, please do not include sensitive information – such as your social security number or bank account number – in your message. The items marked with an asterisk (*) are obligatory. You can ask the Registry Office about the progress of your initiative.

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