In September, close to 11,000 asylum seekers arrived in Finland. In relation to the population, this is almost as many as those who have applied for asylum in Germany or Sweden. The Finnish Immigration Service has revised its estimate of the total number of asylum seekers this year - the new estimate is approximately 50,000.
In its meeting on 2 October, the Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy decided that Finland will apply for funding in the European Union PCI application round this autumn together with Estonia for the Balticconnector gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia. The application deadline is 14 December 2015. A State-owned company will be established, whose mandate will be to implement Finland's part of Balticconnector.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will attend the annual summer meeting of the Nordic prime ministers on 2-3 October in Denmark. Meetings will take place in Helsingør and Kongens Lyngby. The prime ministers of five Nordic countries will discuss key Nordic questions and wider European and international issues such as migration.
The Government continues to prepare measures geared to improve competitiveness in line with the earlier announced guidelines. It is necessary to restore a path of economic growth in order to reverse the rapid rise in general government indebtedness and to provide a sustainable basis for the funding of the welfare society.
On Monday 28 September, the Government submitted to Parliament the budget proposal 2016 and the general government fiscal plan for 2016-2019.
The Government proposes a budget of EUR 54.1 billion for 2016. The budget proposal is EUR 5.0 billion in deficit which is proposed to be covered by borrowing. Government debt is estimated to total around EUR 106 billion by the end of 2016, which is around 50% of GDP.
Budget proposal (in Finnish)
Government implementation plan
The Government's plan for the implementation of the key projects and reforms of the Government's strategic programme was also published on Monday 28 September. The implementation plan focuses on the schedule, measures and financing of the key projects and the most important structural reforms.
In 2016-2018, EUR 1.6 billion will be invested in key government projects and to reduce the repair debt.
"Finland is an international, open and tolerant country whose vast majority of population is positive towards immigrants."
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.