Thousands of Finns and friends of Finland will be dining together on the weekend of 25–27 August to celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence. Finnish Your Dinner events will be organised around the globe in public places and private homes.
The Heads of Finland's diplomatic and consular missions abroad gather to their annual meeting in Helsinki on 21 to 24 August. The keynote speakers will include Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Minister for Finance Petteri Orpo, and President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö. The meeting will be opened by Peter Stenlund, Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The Finnish Government convened on Saturday 19 August due to the Turku incident. The Government will monitor the situation closely and the authorities are keeping it updated of further developments.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä reminds that the Finns must now stand together. The way to respond to hatred is not hatred.
I very strongly condemn the act. It is shocking and touches us all. The attack in Turku must not lead to stigmatising other foreign citizens in Finland. There were both Finns and foreigners among the victims and those who came to help.
— Prime Minister Juha Sipilä
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 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.