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As a resident of Jyväskylä, you have many methods of influencing the operations and decision-making of the municipality. You can make your influence felt through official channels or join different participation arenas and citizen activities.

Official influencing methods

Children's parliament
Youth council
Council of the disabled
Council of senior citizens
Veterans advisory board 

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 browsed and submitted at

City council 

A council, elected by city residents, has the supreme decision-making authority in the City of Jyväskylä. The municipal election takes place every fourth year.

The meetings of the City Council are recorded on video and broadcast on the Web. Videos are available for viewing on the website. 

City Board

The City Council appoints the City Board which manages the city administration, prepares the matters to be processed by the City Council, ensures that the City Council's decisions are enforced; oversees the city's interests and represents the city.

Municipal boards, committees and working groups

Municipal boards are chosen by the city council from 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 inf-rastructure, auditing, Central Finland emergency services, and municipal elections.


The municipal elections take place every fourth year on the fourth Sunday in October. The number of elected council members in a municipality depends on the municipality's number of residents.

Elections in Jyväskylä

Elections website of the Ministry of Justice