Report: Diverse research on Russian security and comprehensive understanding of Russian security policy needed in Finland
The research project carried out by the Aleksanteri Institute was divided into two parts, one concerned with the state of the Finnish research on Russian security policy and the other with the development trends in Russian security policy and their implications for the choices made in Finland. The project analysed peer-reviewed basic studies conducted in Finland that can be considered to fall within the scope of research on Russian security policy.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini visited Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan on 24–26 October. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the effectiveness of civil and military crisis management operations and meet Finnish actors and Afghan political leaders.
The presence of Finnish troops in the country is important. Even if the situation has improved and the Afghan Security Forces bear a great deal of responsibility for the country's security, international support is still needed. Finland is committed to the principle ‘in together – out together’. As yet, this is not the time to leave.
–Foreign Minister Soini
On Tuesday 25 October, the European Commission requested further information on Finland’s draft budgetary plan for 2017. Finland is treating the request with due seriousness. The European Commission sent a letter on the matter to Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo. The Ministry of Finance will provide an official reply to the Commission’s letter on Thursday 27 October and will issue a further press release accordingly.
In its strategy session on Monday 24 October, the Government of Finland outlined that electronic voting will be introduced in Finland as an alternative to the traditional voting in all elections.
Finland and Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the energy sector in connection with President Sauli Niinistö's official visit to the country. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, authorised by Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn.
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 Institutional Repository Valto includes the publication series of all Finnish ministries in pdf-format from the beginning of 2016 and some publications that date further back.
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.