When the date changed last night, there were 100 days to go until the start of the centenary of Finland’s independence. During 2017 tens of thousands of events and gatherings will be organised around Finland under the name Finland 100. The celebrations also reach beyond Finland’s borders: The big year is celebrated at least in 70 different countries and on five different continents.
The Heads of State or Government of the 27 EU Member States, gathering in Bratislava, reviewed the challenges of the European Union and outlined a roadmap for the future development of the Union. Concrete reforms that meet the needs of the citizens will be introduced by March 2017, which marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of the European Economic Community.
The EU must concentrate on the essential and be capable of renewal. The Union must strengthen its security and boost economic growth and employment to better respond to people's core expectations
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
A total of 342,500 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of August. This is 4,200 less than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 35,900 from the previous month. The figures are from the Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
Finland will take part in the Multi-Layer 2016 (ML16) crisis management exercise of the European Union which will be organized 13.9.–20.10.2016. Organized by the European External Action Service (EEAS), the exercise will be conducted with all Member States for the third time this year. The aim of the ML16 is to improve the EU’s capacity to respond to crises especially within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy.
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen will visit the Ukrainian cities of Kherson and Kiev on 12–14 September.
On 13 September, Mykkänen will inaugurate an energy-efficient school donated by Finland in the city of Kherson. Finland has been providing support to Ukraine since the conflict there began in 2014, including humanitarian and development cooperation aid and expertise. During the visit, Mykkänen will meet among others the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Economic Development and Trade, Stepan Kubiv.
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 Institutional Repository Valto includes the publication series of all Finnish ministries in pdf-format from the beginning of 2016 and some publications that date further back.
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.