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Finnish municipalities have self-government powers. According to the law, municipalities must provide certain basic services for their residents.

The most important basic services include social and healthcare services, education, and environmental and technical infrastructure. Through the basic services, municipalities provide residents the prerequisites for good living, wellbeing and basic safety.

City of Oulu administration

The highest decision-making body is the city council, which is elected every four years in local elections. The current council has 67 councillors.

The city board is responsible for city administration and finances. It also prepares matters for the decision-making process, ensures that council decisions are in accordance with the law and enforces the decisions.

Mayor is responsible for the strategic management of the city. He also acts in the best interest of the city and develop its operations in accordance with the goals and objectives of the city strategy.

Committees and boards are institutions consisting of trusted persons under which the actual City of Oulu services operate.