City Council

Spring meetings 2023

  • 23.01.2023 klo 18.00
  • 13.02.2023 klo 18.00
  • 13.03.2023 klo 18.00
  • 17.04.2023 klo 18.00
  • 15.05.2023 klo 18.00
  • 19.06.2023 klo 18.00

The City Council, which is elected by the city’s residents, exercises the highest authority in the city. The City Council is elected for a four-year-term in an election taking place every four years.

The Turku City Council has a total of 67 councillors during the term of 2021-2025. In accordance with the Finnish Local Government Act, the number of councillors is determined by the number of inhabitants in the city. For their work, councillors may form political groups, of which there are a total of nine in the Turku City Council.

The Chairperson of the City Council is Mika Maaskola(Social Democratic Party), the First Vice Chair is Muhis Azizi (The National Coalition Party), and the Second Vice Chair is Abdullahi Sultan (Left Alliance), the Third Vice Chair is Mikael Miikkola (Finns Party), the Fourth Vice Chair is Saara Ilvessalo  (Green League). The secretary of the City Council is Ari-Pekka Korhonen.

The City Council assembles at City Hall (Aurakatu 2). The public may observe Council meetings from the gallery, as live online broadcasts, and as video recordings published online after the meetings. Council discussions may be followed on Twitter with the identifier #tkuvaltuusto.

Tasks of the City Council  

According to the Local Government Act the tasks of the Council are:

  • decide the main objectives for the activities and finances
  • determine the principles for administration
  • determine the financial principles, and the principles for funding and for investment activities, and approve the budget
  • determine the general principles concerning payments charged for the municipality’s services and for other tasks performed by the municipality
  • decide on the operating and financial objectives set for municipal companies
  • decide on granting a guarantor’s undertaking or other security for another party’s debt
  • elect members to the municipal decision-making bodies
  • decide on the principles concerning the financial benefits of elected officials
  • appoint the auditors
  • approve the financial statements and decide on granting discharge from liability
  • decide on other matters that are laid down for the decision of the local council


Seminar 23.1.2023 at 12:00 pm
Seminar 15.5.2023 at 12:00 pm