According to Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, essential for Finland in today’s speech by Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May was the readiness to promote and maintain the trade relations between Britain and the European Union. “Britain is an important trade partner for Finland. It is of great significance for us that these close trade relations continue. It was also positive that May emphasised the willingness of her country to continue close cooperation with the EU in security policy and the fight against terrorism.”
According to Prime Minister Sipilä, May’s speech makes it easier for the EU and Finland to prepare for the negotiations.
Foreign Minister Timo Soini will attend the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland on 18–20 January. The focus of Minister Soini’s agenda is on the future of Europe and on the Middle East in the broad sense. Minister Soini's agenda will also include a bilateral meeting with Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Mykkänen leads a Team Finland visit to the United Arab Emirates
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen will lead a Team Finland visit to the United Arab Emirates on 16-19 January. He will be accompanied by a delegation of 20 companies representing mainly the energy and construction sectors, including smart building. The United Arab Emirates is Finland’s second biggest export destination in the Middle East.
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila will attend a meeting of OECD Health Ministers and a High-Level Policy Forum in Paris on 16–17 January. The ministers will discuss the sustainability and reforming of health systems. The theme is closely linked with the Finnish health and social services reform.
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 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.