Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will head a Team Finland visit to India on 12‒14 February. The aim of the official visit is to strengthen relations between Finland and India and promote trade and economic cooperation.
During his visit, Prime Minister Sipilä will meet the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The meeting will focus on relations between Finland and India as well as key international and regional issues.
The EU Foreign Ministers will convene at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on 15 February. Finland's representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. The discussion points on the agenda will be Moldova, Belarus, climate diplomacy and Syria. Additionally, the situation in Lebanon, including the effects of the Syria conflict and international support to Lebanon, will be discussed.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Kiev, Ukraine, on 16–17 February. Minister Soini and Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin will hold bilateral discussions on Wednesday.
The meeting will focus on the bilateral relations between Finland and Ukraine, Ukraine's EU relations, and the current situation in Ukraine, as well as the implementation of the Minsk Agreement.
Almost 32,500 asylum seekers arrived in Finland last year. Around 30-35 per cent of them will probably be granted a residence permit, and these over 10,000 people need to be placed in municipalities. At the moment, the local authorities can provide placement for only 1,700 immigrants.
"The Finnish Immigration Service has hired a lot of new employees to process asylum applications. Pressure on us to enhance integration policies is growing. In municipalities across the country, more places are needed for those who have been granted asylum", says Minister of Justice and Employment Jari Lindström.
In the future vision of a working group for Finnish information security strategy, the most reliable corporate digital systems and services will come from Finland. The group submitted its proposal for the Information Security Strategy to Ms Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, on 10 February. The Strategy is part of a Government key project on building a growth environment for digital business.
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö will attend the Nato meeting for ministers of defence in Brussels on 10 and 11. February. In connection with this meeting, minister Niinistö will attend a working meeting which is organized for Nato and Enhanced Opportunities Partners (EOP).
In addition to the EOP meeting, minister Niinistö will attend the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (C-ISIL) which convenes on request by the United States. He will also attend the Northern Group working meeting which convenes on request by Latvia.
A thematic webpage on migration that shows for example the ministries’ press releases on migration.
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 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.