Finland will celebrate the centenary of its independence in 2017. Coming up soon is the current generation of Finns’ most significant anniversary, which will be celebrated throughout the year all over Finland. The theme of the centenary year is ‘Together’.
The meeting of the EU heads of state or government with Turkey held on 29 November agreed on an EU–Turkey Statement, which includes the activation of a Joint Action Plan to bring order into migratory flows from Turkey to Europe.
’EU cooperation with Turkey plays a key role in the management of migration and concrete results are expected. By committing to cooperate with Turkey, the EU expects Turkey to fulfil its obligations for more effective border control and to return the people who are not in need of international protection to their countries of origin’, says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
Integration services provided by Finnish authorities must be reviewed to meet the needs of the growing number of immigrants. The action plan on integration takes account of the current situation where it is anticipated that people who need integration services will increase by 10,000 next year.
The action plan was adopted by the ministerial working group on migration on 27 November 2015.
The National Police Commissioner and Minister of the Interior gave a report on the asylum situation to the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Employment. Incidents of disturbances, unrest and violence have increased in the reception centres and their immediate vicinity.
The Finnish Government and competent authorities are taking every measure to maintain internal security and social integrity.
Minister of Justice and Employment Mr Jari Lindström will visit Tallinn, Estonia on Thursday 26 November to meet his Estonian colleagues, Minister of Justice Mr Urmas Reinsalu and Minister of Health and Labour Mr Jevgeni Ossinovski.
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.
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.