The decision-making system that forms the basis for local government is divided into two, a system of municipal officials and a system of elected officials. Finnish local authorities enjoy a strong self-governing status and have the right to levy taxes.
Local self-government is written down in the Finnish constitution.
Every four years residents, elect a local council, which is the decision-making authority in local affairs. The council's responsibilities include municipal finances and decision-making.
The Finnish local authorities provide basic public services for their residents, e.g. related to education, social welfare and health and the maintenance of the technical infrastructure.