The Finnish Government is to be understood, on the one hand, as the body which convenes for the general governing of the country, consisting of the Prime Minister and other ministers, and, on the other hand, the decision-making body for governmental and administrative matters consisting of the Government plenary session and the ministries.
The current Finnish Government comprises 12 ministries. Each ministry is responsible for the preparation of matters within its mandate and for the proper functioning of administration.
The Prime Minister chairs the plenary sessions of the Government and the statutory Ministerial Committees.
How does the Government work?
Prime Minister's Office
The Prime Minister's Office is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Government Programme and assists the Prime Minister in the general management of government functions. The role of the ministry is to ensure that the activities of the Prime Minister and Government flow smoothly in all circumstances.
The Prime Minister’s Office coordinates Finland's EU policy and oversees the state ownership policy and ownership steering of state-owned companies. It is responsible for government communications, situation awareness, preparedness and security services and it coordinates the management of different incidents and emergencies. The coordination of the state’s sectoral research in support of decision-making is one of the ministry's most recent responsibility areas.
Prime Minister’s Office