"Active citizens are campaigning for a multicultural Finland today at least in Helsinki and Oulu. We should welcome the passion shown in advancing the cause. It is an issue of great importance at the moment.
Finland has always been an international country and people of foreign origin have significantly enriched our culture and business life. To succeed, Finland needs such multiculturalism even now.
In the Government Programme, migration is considered a factor that strengthens Finnish innovation and competence. We welcome an open and even critical migration policy debate which, however, respects human dignity.
The Government wants Finland to be the safest country in the world for living, working and entrepreneurship. Let's build it together."
Kazakhstan's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was brought to a conclusion on 27 July 2015. Finland held the chairmanship of Kazakhstan's WTO accession process during its entire twenty-year history.
On the basis of studies made in the Ministry of Employment and the Economy as well as information received, it has not been possible to adequately verify that factual control in the company Migrit Solarna Energija is held by parties residing or domiciled in EU or EFTA countries.
Now, following these studies, the matter will be forwarded to the Minister of Economic Affairs for consideration. It will be decided next whether the project is still in accordance with the overall good of society.
Finnish Government is disappointed with Microsoft's decision to terminate the contract of 2,300 employees in Finland. The Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy had a special meeting today due to the situation. The Government is prepared to submit to Parliament, immediately when the autumn term begins in September, a supplementary budget targeted specifically on measures supporting the situation.
The Ministry of Employment and the Economy has today requested for more information on the fulfilment of the factual ownership condition in the company. The Ministry will spend the necessary amount of time reviewing the company's ownership; as long as a thorough investigation requires. It has been estimated to take a few weeks.
An independent review of the effectiveness of Finland's development cooperation has been completed. According to it, Finnish development cooperation is of a good average standard and produces positive results in developing countries. A draft of the review was published in early June.
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 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.
In January 2015, OHRA – the project to reform the Government’s steering framework – put forward a number of proposals for the following parliamentary term aimed at improving the impact and effectiveness of Government actions.
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.