Participate and Exert Influence

It is important for us to be included in the society and to have the ability to influence things that are important to us. Therefore, opportunities to  influence the decision-making should be actively provided. Finnish social and health policy helps bolster the participation and quality of life of different groups in the population. The municipalities and regions have been working to develop inclusion and participation for decades. On this page, we have compiled information on the channels you may use to influence things in Kainuu region. Dive in, get involved and leave your mark!

Advisory Board on Association Affairs

The advisory board aims to promote co-operation in the field of association activities; to draw up a regional strategy, to compile together the viewpoints of the organizations involved and to be a multidisciplinary co-operation body of associations and organizations, representing the field of organizations at the various partnerships. The advisory board shall maintain and ensure dialogue between associations and public sector actors, strengthen the associations role in regional planning and development work, as well as in providing services.

Active Villages

The village activities in Kainuu are coordinated by the Kainuun Nuotta association, established by associations of rural village communities and residents ’associations operating in the urban areas of Kainuu region. There are altogether 120–150 villages in Kainuu, depending on the calculation method.



The PRH (Finnish Patent and Registration Office) keeps the Finnish Register of Associations, containing many kinds of details of registered associations. Using the advanced association search function, you’ll be able to search the database also by the municipality the association is registered in.


Youth Councils

According to Finnish law, young people must be given the opportunity to participate in matters concerning local and regional youth work and policies. In addition, young people need to be consulted on matters that concern them. One way to achieve this goal has been through youth advocacy groups that work in slightly different ways from each other and may also be called by different names. Youth councils are non-political groups of young people who work in their own municipalities to promote the interests of local young people. There is an active youth council (NuVa) in each of the Kainuu municipalities, and also a regional youth council (MaNu) in Kainuu.