Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will be visiting Oulu on Friday 9 December by invitation of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. The prime ministers will discuss bilateral relations between the two countries, among other things. Other matters on the agenda include topical international questions. This is their second bilateral meeting.
World’s most comprehensive country brand survey: Finland’s country brand has remained both stable and good
Finland’s country brand is still the 17th strongest in a comparison of 50 nations. Finland is most valued for good governance. The survey indicates that Finland’s country brand has room for growth especially in the dimensions of culture and tourism.
The focus in the OECD’s PISA 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment was on scientific literacy. In the triennial survey, Finnish 15-year-olds ranked in third place among the OECD countries in scientific literacy. Finnish students were still among the best in reading literacy, and mathematical literacy has remained unchanged.
Michel Barnier, who is in charge of the Brexit negotiations in the European Commission, visits Helsinki on Wednesday, 7 December. He met Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo. The meetings focused on the preparations for the negotiations on Britain's exit from the EU.
The last meetings of the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers will be held in Tornio on 7–8 December. The meetings in Tornio will focus on the future of the removal of cross-border barriers to free movement. Removal of cross-border barriers to free movement is one of the central themes of the Finnish Presidency.
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.