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Weekly total of new COVID-19 cases 52,000 in Finland, need for intensive care declining

26.1.2022 13.58

The estimated weekly total of COVID-19 cases was 52,000 in Finland between 17 and 23 January, compared to 57,000 in the previous week.

Despite a fall in the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care, the burden on other specialised healthcare has remained unchanged at the national level. It is particularly important that people aged 60 or over and those belonging to risk groups get a third vaccine dose.

Internal border control will end, restrictions on external border traffic will continue until 14 February

27.1.2022 13.58
Internal border control, which was reinstated for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries at the end of December, will end 31.1. In contrast, restrictions on external border traffic will continue until 14.2. The Government adopted a decision on the restrictions on external border traffic on 27.1. and the decision will enter into force on 1.2.

Prime Ministers of Finland and Spain seek to strengthen cooperation

26.1.2022 17.16
Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met in Madrid on Wednesday 26 January. The two prime ministers discussed strengthening their countries’ economic relations and cooperation on a number of EU issues. The security situation in Europe also came up in the discussion.

Government proposal to amend the Aliens Act for speedier work-based residence permits now out for comments

25.1.2022 10.58
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The Government wants to speed up the residence permit processes by reforming Chapter 5 of the Aliens Act. It therefore proposes to shorten the processing time for work-based residence permits to an average of 30 days by the end of the government term. The reform would also increase the use of automation and enable the certification of employers to make the application process easier. 

275,300 unemployed jobseekers in December

25.1.2022 8.03
Animated graphics and text: 275,300 unemployed jobseekers in December  The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 82,000 from December the year before.
The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 82,000 from December the year before. The number of new vacancies reported in December totalled 90,600. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies amounted to 164,500, which is 71,600 more than a year ago.

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County elections

County elections

The first county elections will be conducted in Finland in January 2022 to elect a county council for each wellbeing services county.

The advance voting period is from 12 to 18 January 2022 in Finland and from 12 to 15 January 2022 abroad. Election day is 23 January 2022.


Government Programme

Government Programme

The Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Government "Inclusive and competent Finland – a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable society" was submitted to Parliament in the form of a Government statement on 10 December 2019.

Finnish Government

Finnish Government

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.

About the Government

Government in office

Government in office

On 10 December 2019, the President of the Republic appointed Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government, which is Finland’s 76th government. Marin’s Government is formed by the Social Democratic Party, the Centre Party, the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People's Party of Finland. The Government has 19 ministers.

Prime Minister Marin's Government

Finnish Governments

Finnish Governments

Search information on the Finnish Governments, their compositions and Government Programmes throughout Finland’s independence – as of 1917.

Governments and ministers since 1917

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