The health, social services and regional government reform will establish the new counties and reform the structure, services and funding of health and social services as well as transfer new duties to the counties. The reform is due to come into force on 1 January 2020.
Public administration in Finland will be organised on a three-tier level as follows: central government, counties (autonomous regions) and local government. The existing regional divisions will be used as a basis for dividing the country into counties. There will be 18 counties in Finland, which will organise all public healthcare and social services in their area. Some other duties will be transferred to the new counties as well.
The Council of Oulu coordinates the reform in Northern Ostrobothnia, and will transfer its authorities and tasks to the new County of Northern Ostrobothiain the beginning of 2020
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