The Government aims to find a place for those who have been granted a residence permit more swiftly in the municipalities, in education and in employment. The purpose is to make integration more flexible and efficient. The Government published its action plan on integration on 3 May.
Finland will host the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) event for journalists and media professionals in Helsinki on 3–4 May. More than 1,100 participants from over a hundred countries are expected to attend the event, which is now organised for the 25th time and for the first time in a Nordic country.
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö is the patron of the event. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Mayor of Helsinki Jussi Pajunen will speak at the opening ceremony.
According to the Government Programme, the Government will prepare a Report on Finnish Foreign and Security Policy and, in connection with its preparation, assess the effects of Finland's possible NATO membership. The assessment of the effects of Finland's possible NATO membership was submitted to Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini on 29 April .
The assessment will be available as reference material for the Government when it finalises the Report on Finnish Foreign and Security Policy.
Finland to facilitate granting of residence permits to foreign investors, entrepreneurs and leading experts
The Ministry of the Interior has launched a project to reform the residence permit system for investors, entrepreneurs and experts coming from third countries. The reform is necessary because the Finnish and European business world has changed.
New growth companies operate in a fast-moving environment with severe international competition for capital and experts. We must not fall behind other countries. This is also about us being competitive.
— Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will host a Nordic foreign ministers' meeting in Porvoo on 2–3 May. The foreign ministers of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland will discuss, among other things, migration, the security policy situation in Europe, and the relations between the United States and the Nordic countries.
The Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian will visit Finland on 2–3 May on the invitation of Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. During the visit, he will also hold discussions with President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and Speaker of Parliament Maria Lohela.The topics of discussion during the visit will be the relations between Finland and Armenia, the situation in the South Caucasus, the relations between the EU and Armenia as well as other topical international issues.
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.