A Conversation with Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland – Davos 2023, WEF, 18.01.23
- 00:14 – What does the world look like right now?
- 02:13 – What is happening in the Russian war on Ukraine?
- 04:37 – Will there have to be a negotiation between Russia & Ukraine?
- 06:20 – Will Ukraine have to become a part of NATO?
- 07:38 – If Ukraine was already a member of NATO, would there be no war?
- 09:07 – Are you seeing a new attitude toward Finland from Russia?
- 13:15 – Will Türkiye’s objections to Finland gaining NATO membership will be overcome?
- 15:30 – Can Europe sustain support for Ukraine if the war continues?
- 17:25 – Should Europe be investing more in fossil fuels over green energy in the short term?
- 19:16 – Will Europe enter into a recession?
- 21:50 – Should Europe rethink its relationships with China?
- 24:17 – Could it be said that your government has left a legacy that is hard to navigate if interest rates stay high?
- 26:39 – Do you think you have furthered certain issues as a young woman in your role? 28:46 – Questions from the audience
Understanding the war in Ukraine (2) – Finland
- STG Director Prof Alexander Stubb sheds light on the war in Ukraine in a series of four video lectures. Each lecture focuses on a different angle regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine. After a general introduction in the first lecture, this second video focuses on Finland.
Joint statement by the President of the Republic and Prime Minister of Finland on Finland’s NATO membership – President of the Republic of Finland, 12.05.22
- During this spring, an important discussion on Finland’s possible NATO membership has taken place. Time has been needed to let Parliament and the whole society establish their stands on the matter. Time has been needed for close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We have wanted to give the discussion the space it required.
- Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties. NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.
What would it mean if Finland and Sweden join Nato? – BBC News, 30.04.22
- Finland and Sweden are said to be considering a joint bid to join Nato despite fears of retaliation from Russia. Stockholm and Helsinki have long pursued policies of military neutrality to avoid conflict with regional powers.
- But, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said “everything had changed” when Russia attacked Ukraine and told reporters that Helsinki must to be “prepared for all kinds of actions from Russia”.
- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stressed that Moscow would have to “rebalance the situation” with its own measures if the Nato bid went ahead.
- What Finland Can Offer NATO – FP, 14.04.22
The end of neutrality for a famously neutral country would be a blow to Putin and enhance the alliance’s intelligence capabilities. By Elisabeth Braw, a columnist at Foreign Policy and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
- How Finland Could Tilt the Balance Against Putin – FP, 13.04.22
Helsinki joining NATO is his worst nightmare—apart from losing Ukraine. By Michael Hirsh, a senior correspondent at Foreign Policy
- Finland May Finally Want In on NATO – FP, 6.04.22
Sweden is not far behind. By Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy, and Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy
- Between Russia, Sweden, and NATO: Finland’s defence of “sovereignty equality” – Hanna Ojanen, ECFR, 10.01.22
There are three main reasons Finland could eventually join NATO. But none of them are strong enough to bring about a change – yet.
- Criza din Ucraina aprinde dezbaterea internă în Finlanda pe tema aderării la NATO / Putin ceruse Alianței nord-atlantice să oprească extinderea spre Est – g4media, 4.01.22
President Niinistö to attend JEF Leaders’ Summit in London – President of the Republic of Finland, 12.03.22
- JEF, or Joint Expeditionary Force, is a UK-led multilateral framework for defence cooperation formed by ten countries: in addition to the United Kingdom and Finland, the group includes the Netherlands, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Estonia. The aim is to develop the military capabilities of the participating countries through joint exercises, prevent various crises and, if necessary, act together in crisis situations. JEF’s main operating environment is Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region.
- President Niinistö spoke with Russian President Putin – President of the Republic of Finland, 11.03.22
- President Niinistö spoke with the President of Ukraine Zelensky – President of the Republic of Finland, 11.03.22
President Niinistö: We have secure solutions also for the future – President of the Republic of Finland, 10.03.22
Finland’s president on the Russian threat in Europe and the war in Ukraine – PBS, 4.03.22
- With Russian military forces on the offensive in Ukraine, countries in Europe are on edge. Finland is a stable and prosperous democracy that shares an 800-mile border with Russia, and while it is not a member of NATO, Finland buys military equipment from the U.S. and is a member of the European Union.
- President Niinistö in Washington: Security and defence cooperation with the United States will be deepened – President of the Republic of Finland, 4.03.22
- Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with President of Finland Sauli Niinistö – White House, 4.03.22
President Niinistö: We have never seen such a united European Union – President of the Republic of Finland, 1.03.22
President Niinistö after NATO summit: there has been a very fundamental change in Europe – President of the Republic of Finland, 26.02.22
President Niinistö: Finland strongly condemns Russia’s actions and warfare – President of the Republic of Finland, 24.02.22
- Programul Helsinki Business Hub a invitat profesioniştii străini şi familiile acestora să locuiască în Finlanda timp de 90 de zile pentru a vedea dacă ar dori să se mute acolo definitiv.
- Oferta este valabilă pentru persoanele care lucrează în domeniul tehnologiei şi pentru familiile acestora.
Prime Minister Marin at Special Session of the UN General Assembly 3-4 December 2020 – 3.12.20
Sanna Marin: The feminist PM leading a coalition of women – BBC, 24.11.20
Inside Finland’s female-led government – BBC, 24.11
- Finland has a coalition government led by five women – four of them are in their 30s. Their prime minister, Sanna Marin, was the youngest world leader when she was elected. Finland’s coalition government has been praised for their quick and decisive action on the coronavirus pandemic, but a coalition can also mean compromise.
- The BBC has had world-first, exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to explore how the coalition works in practice, how representative it is of Finland’s society, and what impact the age and sex of the government’s main players has had on its policies and effectiveness.
Finland’s Sanna Marin becomes the world’s youngest Prime Minister – euronews, 9.12.19
- After the resignation of Finland’s social democrat PM Antti Rinne, the party chose transportation minister Sanna Marin to become the next head of Government, the country’s youngest ever at the age of 34.
- She has been a lawmaker since 2015 and the Minister of Transport and Communications since last June, when Rinne’s Government was formed.
- Marin started her career in politics in 2012, at the age of 27, when she was elected head of the city council of her hometown, Tampere, in southern Finland. She was chosen as second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party in 2014.
- Finland’s government will have a women-led cabinet. After Kulmini takes over, 12 out of the 18 ministers will be females.
- Currently, the leaders of four of the five parties that form the governing coalition are women as Rinne will remain the Social Democrats leader at least until he chairs the party’s conference in June.
- Green Party leader Maria Ohisalo -34 years old- was chosen interior minister in June, just like Li Andersson, head of the Left Alliance -32- and education minister, and Anna-Maja Henriksson -55-, leader of the Swedish People’s Party of Finland and justice minister.
Valtioneuvosto (29.04.19): Parliamentary elections were held in Finland on 14 April 2019. The process of forming a new government begins after the organising of the new Parliament and the State Opening of Parliament.
A representative of the parliamentary group that gained the most seats in Parliament at the election will invite the representatives of the parliamentary groups to a meeting to agree on the leader of the preliminary discussions on the formation of a new government.
The leader of the discussions will give each of the groups a list of questions to ascertain the parties’ views on the issues considered essential in the formation of the Government.
On the basis of the discussions with the parliamentary groups and the responses received by the agreed deadline, the leader of the discussions will decide which groups will start negotiating to form a new government.
In the actual government formation talks that follow this initial phase, discussions will be held to determine the Government Programme, the number of ministers, their division of responsibilities and the allocation of portfolios.
On the basis of these negotiations, and having heard the views of the Speaker of Parliament, the President of the Republic will inform Parliament of the nominee for Prime Minister to be put forward for election by Parliament. The nominee is elected Prime Minister, if his or her election is supported by more than half the votes cast in an open vote in Parliament.
The President appoints the ministers, including the Prime Minister, at a presídential session. The session will be attended by the members of the departing administration who are granted resignation.
Immediately after its appointment, the new Government will convene to its first plenary session. At the beginning of the session, the Ministers will take an oath of office or make an affirmation of office and take a judicial oath, if they have not yet done so.
At the first plenary session, the Government will decide on the division of responsibilities among the ministers working in the same Ministry, the members of the statutory ministerial committees and the deputies for the Prime Minister and other ministers. A Government statement to Parliament will also be issued concerning the incoming Government’s programme. At the end of the discussion, Parliament will hold a vote of confidence on the Government.
“The powers of the State in Finland are vested in the people, who are represented by the Parliament”
- SuomenEduskunta (2015): A short film about the Parliament of Finland presents the everyday work of the parliamentarians. The Parliament of Finland convenes in temporary premises during the renovation of the Parliament House in 2015-2017.
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