Government press conferences


Briefing on the start of domestic production of personal protective equipment on 27 May

27.5.2020 14.00

On 27 May the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment held a briefing on the start of domestic production of personal protective equipment, the current personal protective equipment situation and the measures taken by the National Emergency Supply Agency to ensure a sufficient supply of protective equipment.

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä, Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen and interim CEO of the National Emergency Supply Agency Janne Känkänen were present at the event. Chairman of the Board of Directors Vesa Mäkipää also attended as a representative of Lifa Air Ltd, one of the companies that has begun/will begin production. The briefing was hosted by Director of Communications Mikko Koivumaa.

Under-Secretary of State Petri Peltonen and Senior Specialist Jyrki Alkio from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment were present as experts.

Presentation materials
Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr

Live broadcast of the press conference


Government briefing on COVID-19 for people over 70

20.5.2020 13.00

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has updated its guidelines on how older people can protect themselves against the coronavirus disease. The Government's briefing was focusing on the wellbeing of older people, especially those over 70 years of age, and on the new guidelines.

These topics were discussed by Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru, Director Päivi Topo from the Age Institute, Executive Director Sari Aalto-Matturi from MIELI Mental Health Finland and Communication and Marketing Manager Panu Könönen from Suomen Latu, the Outdoor Association of Finland.

Also present was Head of Research Minna-Liisa Luoma from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

The event was hosted by former news presenter Pirjo Nuotio.

Elderly people should avoid exposure to coronavirus – attention should be paid to wellbeing and functional capacity | MSH
Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr


Press conference on 19 May
Temporary amendment to the Communicable Diseases Act would allow restaurants, cafes and bars to be opened as of 1 June while restricting their operations

19.5.2020 14.00

On 19 May, the Government submitted to Parliament a proposal for an act on temporarily amending the Communicable Diseases Act. The proposed act would be in force between 1 June 2020 and 31 October 2020. With the emergency conditions continuing, the act would lay down provisions on necessary restrictions concerning food and beverage service businesses that would allow them to be open to customers while also preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru and Senior Ministerial Adviser Ismo Tuominen from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health were present at the press conference.

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr


Briefing by Prime Minister Marin on the Government’s hybrid strategy

15.5.2020 9.55

Prime Minister Sanna Marin held a briefing on the Government’s hybrid strategy and on the epidemiological assessment of the coronavirus outbreak.

The briefing was attended by Strategic Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Chief Physician Taneli Puumalainen from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. They provided information on the indicators and forecasts used in the assessment of the coronavirus outbreak.

Presentation materials
Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr
Assessment of the coronavirus situation published | Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 15 May


Press conference on 14 May
Government to introduce a new form of support to businesses to cover costs

14.5.2020 10.00

In negotiations held on 13 May 2020, the Government decided to introduce a new form of support to businesses in all industries to cover their costs. The support is intended for companies that have experienced a marked decrease in turnover due to the coronavirus epidemic, and have costs that are difficult to adjust. Support is allocated to companies and sectors most severely affected by the coronavirus.

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä were present at the press conference.

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr


Briefing on the dismantling of restrictions on early childhood education and care and primary and lower secondary education

12.5.2020 10.00

The Ministry of Education and Culture held a briefing on the dismantling of restrictions on early childhood education and care and primary and lower secondary education.

Minister of Education Li Andersson, Director-General Olli-Pekka Heinonen from the Finnish National Agency for Education and Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr Otto Helve from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare were present at the event.

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr


Vihriälä working group:
Major adjustment package needed for consolidating public finances after business support phase and economic stimulus

8.5.2020 13.00

The Vihriälä working group today, 8 May, submitted its report on the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Ministry of Finance.

The report presents an assessment of the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis and of the measures to reduce the damage to the economy and to restore Finland after the crisis to a path of sustainable growth, high employment and sustainable public finances.

At the press briefing, the expert assessment was presented by chair of the working group Vesa Vihriälä, Professor of Practice, Economics.

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos

 


Press conference on 6 May
Support to restaurants for re-employment and compensation for imposed restrictions on activities

6.5.2020 18.40

The Government has agreed on a model to support restaurants in employing workers and to compensate for costs that companies have not been able to find ways to adapt to due to the changes caused by the statutory restrictions. The Government will submit the proposal to Parliament in the next few days.

Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen and Director General Antti Neimala from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment were present a the press conference.

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos


Press conference on 4 May
Government decides on plan for hybrid strategy to manage coronavirus crisis and for gradual lifting of restrictions

4.5.2020 21.55

On 3 and 4 May, the Government held an informal meeting to discuss an action plan for a hybrid strategy to manage the coronavirus crisis and for ways of gradually lifting the restrictive measures. The Government’s decisions are based on the first phase of the report put together by Permanent Secretary Martti Hetemäki’s working group on the coronavirus exit and reconstruction strategy.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni, Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo and Minister of Education Li Andersson were present at the press conference. 

Report on the first phase of the working group on the coronavirus exit and reconstruction strategy: Impact of the coronavirus crisis and plan for a hybrid strategy to manage the epidemic (in Finnish)
Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos


Government decides to lift the restrictions on early childhood education and care and on primary and lower secondary education

29.4.2020 21.41

In its negotiations today, 29 April, the Government decided to lift the restrictions on early childhood education and care and those on primary and lower secondary education on the basis of an assessment by the health authorities. Contact teaching in early childhood education and care as well as primary and lower secondary education will resume on 14 May in a controlled manner and with care for safety. . At the same time, education providers have time to arrange to resume contact teaching by informing staff and making other arrangements.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister of Education Li Andersson attended the press conference.

Instructions to providers of education and early childhood education and care, updated 4th May 2020
QA: The impact of coronavirus  on education and culture
Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos

 


Coronavirus info session for children on Friday 24 April

24.4.2020 12.00

Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Education Li Andersson and Minister of Science and Culture Hanna Kosonen answered questions about the coronavirus outbreak

The info session for children was the first-ever organised by the Government. Children asked about school attendance and matters relating to everyday life during the coronavirus outbreak. They wanted to know when they can go back to school, what happens to the end-of-term festivities, how serious the disease is right now in Finland, and what they are allowed to do during summer holiday. 

The questions were read aloud via a video connection by children aged 7–12, who were selected by the cooperation partners. 

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr


Press conference on 22 April
Government updates Finland’s coronavirus strategy: Possible to dismantle restrictive measures in a gradual and controlled manner

22.4.2020 19.30

The Government met 22 April to update Finland’s coronavirus strategy for preventing the spread of COVID-19, after having consulted experts for their assessments of the situation.

The efforts to curb the progress of the epidemic in Finland have been successful so far. The Government considers that Finland can transfer gradually and in a controlled way from a situation in which there are extensive restrictive measures in society to one in which the epidemic is managed through enhanced measures, in line with the Communicable Diseases Act. However, the restrictive measures cannot all be lifted at once, because the situation is still serious.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin were present at the press conference.

Recording of the press conference | Youtube
Photos of the press conference | Flickr


Press conference on 17 April
Prime Minister Marin: By helping and supporting each other, we can get through difficult times

17.4.2020 15.00

The state of emergency affects all of us. For many of us, concerns about our own and our loved ones’ health, wellbeing, livelihoods and ability to cope are a constant presence in our everyday lives. The aim of the new Finland Forward communication campaign to get people involved and give visibility to the great everyday work being done by various actors in society. 

The campaign was launched on 17 April 2020 at Prime Minister Sanna Marin's press conference, which was attended by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö via a video link. Also speaking at the event were Secretary-General Kristiina Kumpula from the Finnish Red Cross, Director Outi Ruishalme from MIELI Mental Health Finland and Secretary-General Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta from Save the Children Finland.

finlandforward.fi
Recording of the press conference | Youtube
Photos of the press conference | Flickr


Press conference on 16 April
Finnish economy hit hard by coronavirus

16.4.2020 12.00

The Finnish economy will shrink by 5.5% this year according to the forecast of the Ministry of Finance in its latest Economic Survey, published on 16 April.

Director General Mikko Spolander, Senior Ministerial Adviser Jukka Railavo and Senior Ministerial Adviser Marja Paavonen from the Ministry of Finance were present at the press conference. 

Press conference photos | Flickr
Recording of the press conference | Youtube


Press conference on 15 April
Government issues decree repealing restrictions on movement to and from Uusimaa

15.4.2020 14.00

At its plenary session on 15 April at 13.00, the Government adopted a decree repealing the restrictions on movement to and from the Region of Uusimaa. The decree entered into force immediately after the session.

However, the Government continues to recommend that all unnecessary travel, such as leisure travel, be avoided also within Finland. Other measures and restrictions to limit the epidemic and protect the population must also be continued and followed.

Recording of the press conference | Youtube
Press conference photos | Flickr
Government decided to lift the restrictions on movement in Uusimaa | Prime Minister's Office 15 April


Briefing on the coronavirus situation on 8 April
Briefing on the acquisition of protective equipment in the coronavirus situation

8.4.2020 15.15

Permanent Secretary Kirsi Varhila, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health; Managing Director Tomi Lounema, National Emergency Supply Agency; State Under-Secretary Petri Peltonen, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment; and State Under-Secretary Nina Vaskunlahti, Ministry for Foreign Affairs told about measures to acquire protective equipment.

Photos of the briefing | Flickr
Recording of the briefing | YouTube


Press conference on 8 April
Government reaches agreement on second supplementary budget proposal for 2020 and the General Government Fiscal Plan for 2021–2024

8.4.2020 14.10

The Government is committed to protecting people’s wellbeing and the ability of businesses to cope during the coronavirus crisis in Finland, with as few detrimental human and economic consequences as possible. With the agreement reached here, the Government is supporting people’s health and livelihoods, improvements in the situation for municipalities, business activity, rural businesses, culture and sports. Besides the decisions already made, the Government is also preparing measures to support the rapid recovery of the economy after the crisis, and these will be presented in a supplementary budget proposal in May.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni, Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo and Minister of Education Li Andersson were present at the press conference.

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr


Briefing on the coronavirus situation on 7 April
Government decided on tightening restrictions on border traffic

7.4.2020 8.00

On 7 April 2020, the Government decided at an extraordinary Government session to prolong the validity of the decision on the temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders and the restrictions on traffic. The validity period was extended from 14 April 2020 to 13 May 2020.

Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson and Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka attended the briefing.

Photos of the briefing | Flickr
Recordings of briefings | YouTube
Government decided on tightening restrictions on border traffic along the border with Sweden and Norway and on steps to secure medical care in Åland | Prime Minister's Office 7 April
New restrictions on border crossings | Ministry of the Interior 7 April


Briefing on the coronavirus situation on 3 April
Support for entrepreneurs and funding for enterprises

3.4.2020 11.30

The Government held a briefing on the coronavirus situation on Friday 3 April. The topics of the briefing were support for entrepreneurs and funding for enterprises as well as measures that will be used to help private persons and companies in financial distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson and Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä were present at the briefing.

Presentation materials
Briefing photos | Flickr
Recordings of the press conferences | YouTube