Right of initiative
The Constitution lays down provisions on the right of individuals to participate in and influence the development of society and their living conditions. Pursuant to the Constitution, the public authorities shall promote the opportunities for individuals to participate in societal activity and have a say in decisions that affect them. Finnish citizens entitled to vote have the right to launch an initiative for the enactment of a new act or for amending or repealing an existing act.
Under the Local Government Act, municipal residents and service users have the right to participate in and influence the activities of a municipality. Local councils must ensure that there are diverse and effective opportunities for participation available. All residents of a municipality, as well as corporate entities and foundations operating in the municipality, are entitled to submit initiatives on matters concerning the municipality’s activities. The provisions of the new Local Government Act concerning participation entered into force on 1 June 2017.
Niklas Wilhelmsson, Unit Manager
Ministry of Justice, Department for Democracy and Public Law, Democracy and Elections civic activity participatory rights democracy policy civic society Telephone:0295150348