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Temporary preparatory body

An interim preparatory body  will be responsible for organising and directing the preparatory work of  the wellbeing services county, which will take up its duties on 1 January 2023. It prepares the organisation and decision-making of the administration in the wellbeing services county.

The temporary preparatory body is responsible for preparing for the operation and administration of the wellbeing services county until the county council has been elected and the county government  appointed by the county council has become operational.

County council

A county council is the highest decision-making body in the wellbeing services county. The county council decides what kind of services will be provided in the area, from the first moment to the last stages of our lives. The county council is responsible for introducing the best and most effective practices in the wellbeing services county, which will benefit the entire wellbeing services county.

The objectives of the county council are, among other things, to decide:

  • the strategies of the wellbeing services county and the social welfare and healthcare       services
  • the level of service in the rescue services
  • the budget and financial plan of the wellbeing services county
  • operational and financial objectives
  • service and customer charges and their general basis

The county council also elects the members of the county government. The county council manages the operations, administration and finances of the wellbeing services county.

In the first county elections, 59 delegates will be elected for Ostrobothnia. The council’s term of office is four years.

County government

The county council elects the members of the county government. The county government manages the operations, administration and finances of the wellbeing services county. In addition, the county government must set up the advocacy bodies for the wellbeing services county, which are the youth council, the disability council and the elderly council.

National Language Board

A bilingual wellbeing services county has a national language board. In the Wellbeing Services County of Ostrobothnia the Board is Finnish-speaking and people of the Finnish-speaking minority are elected as its members. The objective of the National Language Board is, among other things, to assess the need for and availability of services in the minority language.