Division of responsibilities between ministers and ministerial deputies
At its first plenary session, the Government decides on the division of responsibilities between ministers, for ministries with more than one minister. Ministers are of equal status within the ministry.
Each minister is responsible for international and EU matters falling within the ministry’s mandate and matters related to appointments and personnel administration. Each minister also directs financial planning as well as prepares budgets and other matters within their field of activity.
The Prime Minister coordinates the preparation and consideration of matters to be considered, under the Constitution, by the Government. The Prime Minister has a special responsibility for the overall coordination of digitalisation, deregulation and experimentation in the administrative branches of all ministries.
The Government appoints the ministers who will stand in for the prime minister and other ministers when the latter are unable to act. When the minister deputising for the Prime Minister is prevented from attending to his/her responsibilities, the most senior minister will stand in. Other ministers have usually four or five deputies.
Division of responsibilities and ministerial deputies in the Sipilä Government
The Government plenary session decides on the division of responsibilities between ministers, for ministries with more than one minister, ministerial deputies and ministers’ holidays.
Ministers deputising for Prime Minister Sipilä (in Finnish)
Other ministerial deputies (in Finnish)
Prime Minister's Office
Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms Vehviläinen is in charge of analysis, assessment and research activities and coordinating the objectives of the state’s sectoral research in support of decision-making.
Minister of Economic Affairs Lintilä is responsible for State ownership steering.
Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport Terho handles matters under the remit of the Government EU Affairs Department that are not covered by the Prime Minister.
Of the matters handled by the Government EU Affairs Department, Prime Minister Sipilä is responsible for matters relating to the European Council, amendments to the Treaties of the European Union and appointments related to the European Union. He is also responsible for other matters that fall within the mandate of the Prime Minister’s Office apart from issues that are handled by the Minister of Local Government and Reform and the Minister of Economic Affairs.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Virolainen is responsible for matters related to trade policy and development cooperation.
Minister of Transport and Communications Berner is responsible for matters related to Nordic cooperation.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini is responsible for all other matters covered by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs including Arctic issues.
Ministry of Justice
Minister of Transport and Communications Berner is responsible for matters relating to the autonomy of the Åland Islands.
Minister of Justice Häkkänen is responsible for all other matters under the mandate of the Ministry of Justice.
Ministry of Finance
Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms Vehviläinen is responsible for matters related to the following: local government and regional administration; employer, personnel and governance policy, but excluding Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra; public sector ICT functions, the government financial controller's function and statistical services.
Minister of Finance Orpo is responsible for all other matters covered by the Ministry of Finance.
Ministry of Education and Culture
Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport Terho is responsible for matters related to the Department of Art and Culture Policy and the Department of Youth and Sport Policy apart from religious affairs.
Minister of Education Grahn-Laasonen is responsible for all other matters under the mandate of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Minister of Employment Lindström is responsible for matters related to the Employment and Entrepreneurship Department and matters concerning public labour and business services, employment service and integration of immigrants.
Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Tiilikainen is responsible for matters belonging to the Energy Department.
Minister of Economic Affairs Lintilä is responsible for all other matters covered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Saarikko is responsible for matters related to the Department for Steering of Healthcare and Social Welfare and the Department for Wellbeing and Services apart from matters related to pharmaceutical services, preparedness coordination and distribution of gambling revenue. She is also responsible for matters related to gender equality, occupational healthcare, farm relief, housing allowance, conscript’s allowances, child benefit, home care allowance, compensations for military injuries, services for disabled war veterans, rehabilitation for war veterans, and the Advisory Board on Veterans' Affairs in Finland.
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Mattila is responsible for all other matters covered by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.