Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will meet Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in Helsinki on Tuesday 24 November.
The topics of the Ministers' bilateral discussions will include, among other things, the bilateral relations between Finland and Sweden, security policy issues, migration, and other topical international questions.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski of the newly elected Government of Poland in Helsinki on Wednesday 25 November.
The topics of the Ministers' bilateral discussions will include, among other things, the bilateral relations between Poland and Finland, regional questions, migration, and other topical international questions.
Request by France concerning mutual assistance in a written procedure of the Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs
In a written procedure on Tuesday, 17 November, the Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs discussed a formal request submitted by France to other EU member states to express solidarity with France in the fight against Europe's common enemy. The request is based on the mutual assistance clause (article 42.7) of the Treaty of the European Union.
The Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs noted that the EU is a security community, whose importance is highlighted in a situation where Europe is facing a threat.
Paavo Lipponen represents Finland in memorial ceremony commemorating former Federal Chancellor Schmidt
A memorial ceremony commemorating former Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who died on 10 November, will be held in Hamburg on Monday 23 November. Former Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Finland's Ambassador to Germany Ritva Koukku-Ronde will represent Finland in the ceremony.
Helmut Schmidt served as the Federal Chancellor of Germany in 1974-1982.
On Saturday 14 November, the President of the Republic and the Government received updated information on the terrorist attacks in Paris and the ensuing measures undertaken in Finland. According to estimates by the Finnish authorities, the threat of a terrorist act in Finland is still at a low level. The level of preparedness has, however, been raised. Finland is in close contact with the French authorities to obtain as up-to-date and accurate information on the course of the events in Paris as possible.
A thematic webpage on migration that shows for example the ministries’ press releases on migration.
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.