Local Government in the Nordic and Baltic countries aims to give readers an overview of the key features of local government in eight Nordic and Baltic countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden. Although Poland is strictly speaking neither a Nordic nor a Baltic country, it is included because the post-1989 system of strong local self-governance has much in common with other countries in the region. While each country has a distinct history and tradition of local government there is a number of common features. At the same time, the countries have varying traits and diverse solutions.
Manuscript: David Young, 2016 and revised version 2020
Editorial support: 2016 Suzanne Krook, Erik Faxgård
Editorial support: 2020 Lena Falcon, Ieva Kalnina
Graphic design and maps: Viera Larsson, Ordbildarna AB
This publication is published through the project “Support to Decentralization in Ukraine” (DSP). In April 2014 the Government of Ukraine (GoU) committed to a process of comprehensive decentralization reforms. By expanding the powers of local government bodies, the GoU intends to promote democracy, improve service delivery to citizens, and better coordinate national and local interests.
The Swedish Government has committed to support the GoU in these reform efforts. Sweden and the Nordic countries have a long history of decentralized government, public service systems and relevant experiences of local self-governance. Through the project “Support to Decentralization in Ukraine” (DSP), the Swedish Government will support the GoU in the decentralization reforms and assist the local government sector to take on more powers and responsibilities.