Government formation negotiations continued at the House of the Estates on Friday. Leaders of the parties participating in the negotiations have been discussing matters related to finances and issues raised by the working groups. Early this evening, Antti Rinne commented on the talks to the media.
No negotiations will be held at the House of the Estates on Saturday, but party leaders are prepared to meet again on Sunday afternoon.
Party leaders participating in the government formation talks decide on how to proceed with the health and social services reform
The health and social services reform transfers the responsibility for organising health and social services to self-governing regions that are larger than municipalities. In total, there will be 18 autonomous counties. Provisions on the functioning, finances and governance of the counties will be laid down by a separate act. Decision-making power in the regions will rest with directly elected councillors. Rescue operations and prehospital care will be among the tasks to be transferred to counties in the first phase.
Sustainability runs through the visual identity for Finland’s Presidency and the Presidency meetings
Sustainable development principles form a common thread throughout the meeting arrangements for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. Finland wants to draw attention to the climate impacts of meetings and is keen to seek new ways of doing things. Sustainability is also evident in the visual identity for Finland’s Presidency: the design for Finland’s previous Presidency has been recycled and revitalised for the Finnish Presidency that begins on 1 July.
The main communication channels for Finland’s Presidency are now live: the eu2019.fi Presidency website and the @EU2019FI Twitter account.
Parliamentary elections were held in Finland on 14 April 2019. The process of forming a new government begins after organising of the new Parliament and the State Opening of Parliament.
We squeezed the phases of the process into a two-minute video
Read more about how the Government is appointed and how its work is organised
We have grouped together information about Brexit and the future EU-UK relationship. These pages offer information, for example, on the negotiation process and the withdrawal agreement and on how UK and Finnish citizens and businesses should prepare for a withdrawal without an agreement.
- The health, social services and regional government reform will establish the new counties and reform the structure, services and funding of health and social services as well as transfer new duties to the counties.
- The renewed thisisFINLAND website, the country brand’s main communications channel, tells about Finland’s strengths, Finnish culture and the Finnish people in seven languages.
- What does the regional government, health and social services reform mean for people in their various phases of life? Your information package on the reform and on counties' services.
- The Suomi.fi Web service offers public administration customers a single point of access to services and to the customer's own information and electronic messages.
- The Team Finland network promotes Finland and its interests abroad: Finland's external economic relations, the internationalisation of Finnish businesses, inward investments and the country's brand.
- Public Service Info directs you to the right service, provides support for e-services, and answers general questions about public services.
- The Council discusses key issues relating to the development of research and innovation policy that supports the wellbeing, growth and competitiveness.
- The Institutional Repository (Valto) includes the publication series of all Finnish ministries 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 17 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.