Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will head a Team Finland visit to India on 12‒14 February 2016. The aim of the official visit is to strengthen relations between Finland and India and promote trade and economic cooperation.
During his visit, Prime Minister Sipilä will meet the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The meeting will focus on relations between Finland and India as well as key international and regional issues.
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka will travel to Oslo on 8–9 February to promote Finland's Arctic expertise and Finland's strengths as a target of investments. The Minister will meet Finnish and Norwegian Arctic actors and big Norwegian companies' leadership.
Minister Toivakka will also have a meeting with Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brenden.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä participated in the fourth International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in London on 4 February together with around 40 other Heads of State or Government. Prime Minister Sipilä informed that Finland will respond to the needs in Syria and its neighbouring countries by pledging EUR 25 million for the current year.
‘Finland wants to take part in helping the people and society of Syria and its neighbouring countries. Finland will direct its support to areas where we can make a real difference. The focus areas of our support will be education, women, innovations, and ICT,’ Sipilä said.
The requirements for granting international protection under the Aliens Act will be specified. The Government submitted its proposal for amending the Act to Parliament today.
According to the proposal, international protection would only be granted to those fulfilling the requirements laid down in EU and international law. Residence permits would no longer be issued on humanitarian grounds.
Government Report on Development Policy: Finland promotes sustainable economic growth, the status of women and the solving of challenges faced by fragile states
Finland's development policy has been defined in line with current international and national developments. Finland increases its support to the least developed countries (LDCs) and fragile states like Somalia and commits more resources to the sending, transit and receiving countries of forced migration.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä discussed with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the phone on Wednesday 3 February as was agreed when they met in St Petersburg. The discussion concerned follow-up of developments in the matters that were dealt with on Friday.
One of the topics of discussion was collaboration to prevent illegal migration. The Prime Ministers agreed that the handling of the matter will be continued in the next few days, as decided on the phone today, at political and senior official level in the next few days.
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.