In Sweden we have three democratically elected levels of government; the Parliament at national level, the county council at regional level and the municipality at local level.
There are 290 municipalities in Sweden. They have large powers of self-determination and are responsible for local issues in the immediate environment of citizens.
The highest decision-making body in the municipality of Arvika is the Municipal Council - 49 locally elected councillors, representing all shades of political opinion. Arvika is governed by the Social Democrats (20 seats).
Subordinate to the municipal political boards and committees are the administrative departments with approximately 2,400 employees.
More information concerning Sweden and Sweden's public sector can be found at Sweden.se and The Swedish Institute.