I propose an initiative

You can make an initiative by proposing a municipal or citizens’ initiative.

Anyone can influence the decisions made in their own municipality by proposing municipal initiatives. Every resident of a municipality – including you – has the right to propose initiatives to the municipal authorities regarding matters pertaining to the municipality.

The resident of a municipality has the right to know how an initiative is progressing and every initiative must be processed within the municipality in question. Municipality initiatives enable all residents of a municipality to directly participate in decision-making not only during but also between elections. More information can be found on the web pages for The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities. The web page www.aloitekanava.fi provides young people with an easy way to create an initiative and get tips on how to go about it. The web page allows you to tell others about your ideas, comment on the ideas of others and support other initiatives.

By proposing a citizens’ initiative you have a possibility to have your own initiative considered by the Parliament. At least 50 000 Finnish citizens entitled to vote has to support the initiative to get it considered by the Parliament. The statements of support has to be approved by Population Register Centre. Every Finnish citizen entitled to vote can make their own initiative or statement of support for example in www.kansalaisaloite.fi. You can find more information about citizens’ initiative in English from the web site https://www.kansalaisaloite.fi/fi/ohjeet/briefly-in-english.