Finland will contribute EUR 34.7 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help developing countries deal with climate change. This is the first part of Finland's EUR 80 million funding target during the GCF's Initial Resource Mobilization period in 2015–2018.
"In the recent UN Summit, we adopted the Sustainable Development Agenda, including Goals in which climate actions play a key role. We need to combat climate change in order to reduce poverty and to promote sustainable development", Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka says.
In line with the Government Programme the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland has started the process of improving legal provisions and has thus initiated a project to reform postal legislation. The goal is a postal services act that would be more flexible and better meet the needs of the changing environment.
The reform aims to reduce any barriers to market entry by potential operators and lighten the administrative burden of postal operations. It aims at reliable and versatile postal services.
Strong literacy, numeracy and IT skills provide a solid foundation for studies, employment, job search and participating in society in general. In Finland there are around 600,000 people aged between 16 and 65 whose skills in these areas are not sufficient. These foundation skills can, however, be acquired also in one's adult years.
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.
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.