Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will attend the European Council in Brussels on 22 and 23 June and the European Council (Article 50) meeting to be held in conjunction with this, where the EU 27 will review the latest developments in the negotiations on the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will visit the cities of Beijing and Dalian in China on 25–30 June. He will meet China’s Premier Li Keqiang to discuss bilateral relations between the counties and topical international questions. The purpose of the visit is to further strengthen the Finnish-Chinese relations and promote economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, especially after the state visit by the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping to Finland in April.
On Wednesday 21 June, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä met Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. They discussed topical EU matters such as the swift deepening of EU defence cooperation and development of the Economic and Monetary Union.
We are of the same view as Germany that concrete decisions on deepening the EU’s common defence cooperation should be taken now, without delay
—Prime Minister Sipilä
Minister for Nordic Cooperation Anne Berner will attend a meeting of Ministers for Nordic Cooperation in Tromsø, Norway, on 22 June 2017. The Ministers will discuss the main theme of the Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, which is Economy and climate – green transition.
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.