The historical regional government reform in Finland
Health, social services and regional government reform is one of the biggest ever administrative and operational overhauls in Finland. The reform impacts the jobs of hundreds of thousands of people and affects the services of every citizen in the country. In South Karelia only reform impacts more than 5000 jobs.
The aim is to transfer regional services to counties from the 1st of January 2019. The first county council elections will be held in connection with the first round of the presidential election in January 2018. The term of the county councils will begin on 1 March 2018. The new counties will begin operating on 1 January 2019.
The Government outlined the launching of preparations for the regional government reform. In South Karelia the Regional Council of South Karelia is in charge of these preparations.