Finland will grant EUR 500,000 to the Finnish Red Cross for humanitarian aid activities in Iraq. The Finnish Red Cross will use the Foreign Ministry’s support for sending both aid workers and supplies to hospitals in which persons wounded in battle in Mosul are treated. Mosul, which is a city of over a million residents, became a scene of fighting in October 2016. Since then, tens of thousands of people have become wounded, half of the injured being civilians. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó will visit Finland and meet Foreign Minister Timo Soini in Helsinki on 22 February. The Ministers will discuss topical EU questions, the bilateral relations between their countries, Russia and Ukraine, the transatlantic relations, and also matters related to the Finno-Ugric communities.
Permanent Secretary Jukka Juusti from the Ministry of Defence signed on 16 February in Brussels a political framework agreement on cyber defence between Finland and Nato. The cooperation with Nato to develop cyber defence capabilities contributes to developing national defence and to achieving the goals of cyber defence in the Defence Forces.
A working group at the Ministry of Education and Culture proposes over 40 new measures to respond to the education needs created by the growth in the number of asylum seekers and immigrants. The final report of the working group was submitted to Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.
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 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.