The Regional Council of Päijät-Häme

Regional Council of Päijät-Häme is one of the 19 Finnish Regional Councils. According to the Law of Regional Development Regional Councils are working for an integrative and persistent development of the region, being responsible for regional development and planning as well as for other tasks in the field. The Local Government Act, the Law of Regional Development (1135/93) and the Law of Regional Planning (132/99) form the basic tasks of the Regional Councils. The field of activities also consists of the regional lobbying and other voluntary tasks.

According to the Law of Regional Development the Regional Council is the center for the regional development. It promotes the interests of the region, the interests of its municipalities and inhabitants as well as the interests of trade and business. Numerous studies, plans and reports also form a part of the Regional Council´s work. The Regional Councils are the regional cooperation organisation to mediate affairs and assist other regional actors.

The main objective of the Regional Council is independent and persistent development of the region according to the ecological aspects with the participation of all the regional managers. It strives to protect the natural resources, improve the living conditions of the population and ensure the structures necessary for economic development.

Load Vellamo Symbol


The Region of Päijät-Häme got its own coat of arms in 1997. It represents a gorgeous fishtailed woman, Vellamo. The heraldic symbols of the coat of arms refers to the two natural elements typical of the regio.

Load file (24.5 kt)

Regional Development Strategy of Päijät-Häme

The main task of the Regional Council is to define, update, maintain and implement the general Regional Development Strategy of the region. The strategy draws the guidelines for the regional future development. The strategy defines goals and measures for different development programmes (including EU Structural Funds implementation) and the Regional Plan. It also defines the division of labour between different programmes, plans and actors in the field of the regional development.

In the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme strategic planning and management has been in focus during the recent years. Our intention  is to create a continuous, iterative strategic decision process which gives us an opportunity to learn about the future and to define the strategy step by step. An essential part of the process is an open, transparent participation of different regional actors and decision makers. Our ambitious objective is to gradually connect general guidelines, individual measures, projects and acts better than before.

Regional Plan of Päijät-Häme

The Regional Plan is based on the Law of Regional Planning. The Regional Plan consists of the general plan of using land for different purposes. It is the most important plan of the regional land use and it also has direct legal effects. The Regional Plan guides the land-use planning of the municipalities as well as the land use in general. In the Regional Plan there are reserved areas for example for recreation and nature protection as well as for living and industry. Traffic, municipal engineering, agriculture and the use of the shoreline areas are among others important planning objects.

The Regional Plan is coordinative planning between central and local administration levels. It adjusts together the needs of business life and the environmental protection. The Regional Plan is approved by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment.

The latest Regional Plan of Päijät-Häme was approved by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment on the 11th of March 2008.

EU Programmes in Päijät-Häme

Due to its wide range of objectives and responsibilities, which include all aspects of life, the Regional Council´s tasks are manifold. With Finland being a member of the European Union the Regional Councils implement and supervise the programmes of the European regional politics. It is within the responsibilities of the Regional Councils to realize these tasks.

During the period of the years 2014-2020 the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme administrates ERDF Program with Uusimaa Regional Council.

Further information on the programmes of the EU structural funds implemented in Finland, please see the website of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) in Finland (link)

For more information on EU funding from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) please see (link).