The changes that municipalities were due to face concern the service and governance structure. The tasks, functioning and financing, the position and role of the public sector system were all due to change radically. The study consisted of a survey sent to all Finnish municipalities and their elected officials, civil servants and stakeholders. The data was deepened in focus group discussions held in six municipalities during the summer 2016. The work was concluded in August 2016 and contributed to the Municipality of the Future Reform process.