Argyll and Bute Council welcomed a delegation from the Finnish Regional Board of Pohjois-Savon Liito to Helensburgh.
The group from the North Savonia region were in Scotland on a fact-finding visit to find out more about local authority governance - as their country’s own local governance goes through manor changes.
The fifteen elected members and officials explored common goals of economic and population growth, with their Argyll and Bute counterparts, as well as the mutual challenges faced by both organisations.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said:
“We were delighted to host the delegation to Helensburgh. They contacted us as they were particularly interested in visiting a rural local authority similar to their own during their visit to Scotland. It was an ideal opportunity to share experiences and discuss our approach to our common goals of economic and population growth as well as the challenges of rural living.”
After a series of informative presentations, on technology and industry, integrated health and social care and e-services in rural areas, the delegation joined council leader Aileen Morton, the Chief Executive and others on a tour of Helensburgh’s regenerated town centre.
Pekka Leskinen, the First Vice-Chairman of the Regional Board, added:
“In Finland the structure of local government is going through changes in areas which Argyll and Bute has already experienced. The visit provided us with some great advice and best practice which we will be able to implement in our own region in Finland.
“We are grateful to the Council Leader, Chief Executive and others for being so helpful and accommodating. We have developed really useful contact with colleagues in Argyll and Bute Council and plan future co-operation.”