Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on 14 October 2015. The Ministers will discuss in connection with the Ministerial Meeting of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) in Oulu on 14–15 October.
The topics of their meeting will be the situation in Ukraine and Syria as well as other international questions. The Ministers will also discuss bilateral matters between Finland and Russia and regional cooperation.
"Finland is in favour of enhancing EU cooperation in border management and strengthening the role of Frontex. Concrete actions, such as sending the patrol vessel Merikarhu to the area, show that we bear our share of the responsibility", Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo says.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has expressed his condolences to the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu following the lethal bomb attack in Ankara today.
"Our thoughts are in Turkey, with the relatives and friends of those deceased. Finland strongly condemns the attack," says Prime Minister Sipilä.
In September, close to 11,000 asylum seekers arrived in Finland. In relation to the population, this is almost as many as those who have applied for asylum in Germany or Sweden. The Finnish Immigration Service has revised its estimate of the total number of asylum seekers this year - the new estimate is approximately 50,000.
A thematic webpage on migration that e.g. shows ministries’ press releases on migration and related matters.
The Handbook for Ministers contains information on the activities of the government, ministers' participation in the work of Parliament, key tools of policy steering and decision-making, and the regulations and principles governing the operations of the government.
The Government Communications Department posted news on the government formation talks and the new Government on the Government website in April and May 2015. The news, photos and materials are available on the Government formation talks 2015 website.
The term ‘Government’ refers to the Government of Finland which consists of a prime minister and a required number of ministers. It also denotes a decision-making body consisting of the government plenary session and the ministries.
Government in office
On 29 May 2015, the President of the Republic appointed Finland's 74th Government, that of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. The Government has 14 ministers.
It is possible to search information on the Finnish Governments, their compositions and Government Programmes throughout Finland’s independence – as of 1917. Information is also available on the Governments' terms of office, on the types of Government and on the political parties within the Government.