Would you vote Jussi Pajunen (NCP) to head a city of more than 600,000 residents and an annual budget of just under 5,000 million euro? This is one of the questions that the residents of Helsinki may be mulling over in the run up to the next council elections. Politicians in Helsinki are proposing to reform the city’s local government in an overhaul that promises to be the biggest change to the system in 40 years.
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Helsinki to overhaul the way it is governed
The goal is a noble one: to increase the power of the council elected by local residents, which would serve to make voting a more meaningful and motivating exercise.