The funeral service for former President of the Republic Mauno Koivisto was held on Thursday 25 May at Helsinki Cathedral. Mauno Koivisto was laid to rest at Hietaniemi Cemetery with full military honours in the same location where the gravestones of former presidents Urho Kekkonen and Risto Ryti are located.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Member of the Cabinet, Minister of State, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber of the United Arab Emirates met at Kesäranta
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Member of the Cabinet, Minister of State, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber of the United Arab Emirates met at Kesäranta, the Prime Minister's official residence, on Tuesday, 23 May. The ministers noted the bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries were very good and broadbased. Scope for current and future cooperation has been identified in sectors such as clean energy, health and education. Minister Al Jaber also shed light on the preparations of the UAE for the EXPO2020 in Dubai, and the plans to amibitiously rethink the concept of world expositions in the same context.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will attend a Nordic foreign ministerial meeting in Oslo on 23–24 May. The discussions will focus on the future challenges of Europe, including Turkey and migration, development of the transatlantic relations, Russia, Ukraine and Syria, questions that are topical at the UN and Nordic cooperation in Asia.
On 18 May 2017, Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä appointed a steering group to prepare a proposal for Finland’s artificial intelligence programme. The Minister states that artificial intelligence has become a core element of digitalisation, and Finland intends to be at the forefront of this development in line with its Government Programme.
In 2017, Finland will have been an independent state for a hundred years. The main theme of the centenary celebrations is Together.
With its five strategic priorities in the Government Programme, Sipilä’s Government is taking steps to follow through with essential reforms. The strategic objectives are materialised in the form of 26 key projects.
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 17 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.