Annika Billström, former Mayor of Stockholm
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Aerial view of Stockholm
Stockholm, Swedens capital city
Stockholm, with its more than 755,000 inhabitants, is the largest municipality in Sweden. The City Council is the supreme decision-making body of the City of Stockholm. The City provides Stockholms inhabitants with a multitude of different municipal services. Most of the municipal activities in Stockholm are carried out in administrative or corporate form.
The City Council is the supreme decision making body of the City of Stockholm. The City Council consists of 101 members, who are elected by Stockholmers who are eligible to vote. Municipal elections are held every fourth year in conjunction with county council and parliamentary elections. In the most recent municipal election held in September 2002, participation was slightly more than 78 per cent.
Total number of seats: 101
The Social Democratic Party: 35
The Moderate Party: 27
The Liberal Party: 17
The Left Party: 11
The Green Party: 6
The Christian Democratic Party: 5
It is the City Council that has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the standards of municipal services are equal throughout the city, that laws and municipal by-laws are followed and that the tax revenue is used to best effect.
The City Council determines the rate of municipal tax to be levied and the level of fees to be charged, approves the budget and the returns required from each of its respective committees and corporations. As a rule, the City Council meets twice a month and all the meetings are open to the public.
The City Executive Board consists of thirteen members, who represent the parties in the City Council. Representation is in proportion to the number of seats held by the political parties in the City Council. The City Executive Board drafts or delivers its opinion on all issues before they are resolved by the City Council. The City Executive Board is also responsible for implementing the resolutions.
The parties that have the political majority in the City Council appoint the members of the Council of Mayors. Each of the Citys Divisions is headed by a member of the Council of Mayors (the Mayor and Vice Mayors), who are full-time, professional politicians elected by the City Council every fourth year. Each Division has its own special area of responsibility. The Citys corporations also fall under the Divisions. At present Stockholm has a Mayor and seven Vice Mayors, as well as four Oppositional Vice Mayors.
The Council of Mayors is responsible for expressing its opinion, and drafting all issues prior to them being taken up by the City Executive Board. In terms of seniority, the executive officer of the Finance Division takes first place, and he/she assumes the title of Mayor. The Mayor, who is also the Chairman of the Council of Mayors and the City Executive Board, keeps track of important administrative matters, and puts forward proposals on how funds should be allocated in the Citys budget. Annika Billström has been the Mayor of Stockholm since October 2002.