NYRIS Turku: Youth Councils in Germany and Finnland


Unfortunatley he will not sing for us, but this Finnland trip will be good, too.

Today I’m off for Finland again to present my thesis about youth councils in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and Finland. I will present this at NYRIS 11 and be in the Comparative Youth Participation Session. I feel very honoured to be in a session with such important researchers and hope to have inspiring meetings there.

You will find me at Sessions 1 next Monday 13th of June at 15.30-17.00 in the EDU 244 Educarium, Assistentinkatu 5 Turku. And This is the abstract: Youth councils in BW and Fi Abstract Sebastian Müller

Here is the invitation:


Presenter: Sebastian Müller

Keywords: Youth participation, youth councils, youth parliaments, Finland, Baden-Württemberg, comparative research,

Since 1996 there have been major developments in the field of youth councils in the State of Baden-Württemberg, the number rose from 16 to over 89 today. This study is the first survey of the attitudes of youth councilors in the German state of Baden-Württemberg since 1996 and the first comparative research of the conditions, attitudes and structure of youth councils and their members in Germany and Finland. It builds on previous research by Michael C. Hermann, “Jugendgemeinderäte in Baden-Wprttemberg, eine interdisziplinäre Evaluation” and the joint publication „Youth participation in Finland and in Germany – Status analysis and data based recommendations“ by Eva Feldmann-Wojtachnia, Anu Gretschel, Vappu Helmisaari et al.

The mostly quantitative study examines the attitudes towards local politics, politics in general, the topics and gender aspects of the work of youth councils. It dwells on the relationship between local councils and local youth councils and attempts to give a comprehensive review on the issues faced by youth councils in both countries today.

A four page questionnaire was send out to all youth councils known to the respective umbrella organizations in November 2010, so far the returns have been promising. There has been interested in the research from youth workers, educators, state agencies and the councilors themselves. Both regions have codified ways of formal youth participation either in their youth laws or in their local council act, yet practices and structures of youth councils vary wildly not only from country to country but between towns in the same state. The survey was done in cooperation with the Finnish and German associations of youth councils.

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