Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka will lead a three-day Team Finland trade mission to Norway from 2 to 4 March 2015. The purpose of the trip is to promote Finnish companies' export and internationalisation and to market Finnish expertise and potential in Norway, especially in the field of marine and construction industries. Norway's importance for Finnish export is growing all the time and the country plays a significant role also in investments in Finland.
On Thrusday 26 February, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb had a meeting with Minister of Economy for the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Al Mansouri. The meeting focused on bilateral relations between the countries and economic and trade cooperation in areas relating to innovations, education, health care and tourism. The situation in Ukraine was also discussed.
Al Mansouri is on a three-day visit in Finland on the invitation of Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori. During the visit, he will also meet Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka.
Minister Henriksson: It is important to strike a balance between the rights of an individual and measures to counter serious crime
"Serious threat of terrorist offences shall be countered with necessary, appropriate and proportional means. However, it’s crucial to carry out this work with full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. This requires balancing between measures countering serious criminality and rights of an individual", said Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson while talking at the ongoing Global Law Summit conference in London.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja to meet the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir in Helsinki
The Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkir will visit Helsinki on 25–26 February at the invitation of Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. The topics of the ministers' bilateral discussions will include, for example, Turkey's EU membership process, topical international issues and the bilateral relations between Finland and Turkey.
The aim of structural reforms is to eliminate the sustainability gap in general government finances and secure funding for public services and benefits. The Government seeks to boost the employment rate, economic growth and productivity of public service provision.
Finland has a unique system for coordinating EU affairs. It is based on outlines issued by the Cabinet Committee on European Union Affairs, effective public servant preparation and coordination, and timely informing and involvement of Parliament.
The Government annually adopts a plan for analysis, assessment and research in support of its decision making to steer studies and research towards specific priority areas selected by the Government.
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 24 June 2014, the President of the Republic appointed Finland's 73rd Government, that of Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. 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.