Current issues


Government strategy day

Led by Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, the Finnish Government will hold a meeting to discuss Finland's current and long-term economic and social challenges. The strategy day will take place on Friday 22 August on the island of Lonna in Helsinki. The theme of the meeting will be Finland onto a new path of recovery: growth and employment. No formal decisions will be made.



Programme for Open Finland 2014 finalised

Did you know that all weather information broadcast on television is freely available? Anyone can access the weather data on the Finnish Meteorological Institute's website to set up an own weather service. The sharing of data resources that were earlier accessible only to authorities and public administration is called "open data". It is one of the Government Programme's key projects which are to be fostered within a short space of time.

These services will be exhibited at the Open Finland 2014 event on 15 and 16 September in the Wanha Satama conference centre, Helsinki. The event programme has just been finalised. The keynote speakers are Beth Simone Noveck, who has assisted in a number of government projects both in the United States and in Britain, and Birgitta Jónsdóttir, who is an MP for the Movement in Iceland. Jónsdóttir is one of the Movement's founders.



The EU Foreign Affairs Council to hold extraordinary meeting

The EU Foreign Affairs Council convenes in an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on 15 August. Finland¿s representative in the meeting will be Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto. The topics of the Foreign Affairs Council will be Iraq, the Middle East, Libya, and the situation in Ukraine. The meeting will address particularly the humanitarian situation and the need for assistance in these regions.

As regards Iraq, the meeting will highlight the recent changes in the country¿s domestic policy and security situation, the increasing violence practiced by the ISIS organisation in particular. The discussion on the situation in the Middle East will focus specifically on the Gaza issue.



Big data applications have export potential

Big data provides Finland with many opportunities, but its utilization requires extensive cooperation. This is pointed out by the working group on data utilization in its report handed to Krista Kiuru, Minister of Education and Science. Big data refers to diverse collections of data, the utilization of which requires advanced data processing and analysis methods.

"To maintain Finland's competitive edge in the face of digitalization, more extensive and modern utilization of data is needed in all industries," Krista Kiuru, Minister of Education and Science, says.