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The highest decision-making body in the City of Vaasa is the City Council with its 59 members. Vaasa residents elect the members of the Council every four years. The City Council makes decisions concerning Vaasa and is in charge of the City’s finances and activities.

The City Council appoints the members of the City Board, which is responsible for the practicalities of the City’s administration and management of finances. The City Board runs the City’s administration and prepares all issues to be discussed by the City Council. It supervises and represents the City and its interests.

Tomas Häyry is the Mayor of Vaasa. He serves under the City Board and manages the City’s administration and finances.

The City also has several committees and boards, which supervise and run the activities of their respective fields. For example, the Youth Council is in charge of youth issues and the Council for the Disabled for issues concerning people with disabilities in Vaasa.