FINLAND - POLITICS

Finland is a member of the following organizations:

AfDB, AsDB, Australia Group, BIS, CBSS, CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, EIB, EMU, ESA, EU, FAO, G- 9, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MIGA, NAM (host), NC, NEA, NIB, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, Paris Club, PCA, PFP, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFICYP, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMEE, UNMIK, UNMIL, UNMOGIP, UNTSO, UPU, WCO, WEU (observer), WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC

The state system of Finland is a republic. The President is Tarja Halonen (since 1 March 2000). She was re-elected into her second presidential term 1 March, 2006.The Head of Goverment (State Minister)is Matti Vanhanen.

The government coalition is at the moment formed by the Central Party (8 seats), National Coalition Party (8 seats), the Green Party (2 seats) and Swedish People’s Party (2 seats). The opposition is formed by the Social Democracy, Left Alliance, Christian Democrats and Real Finnish. The coalition partners have a comfortable majority in the parliament – 125 representatives out of 200.

Last national elections: 2007

Last national elections: 2007

http://www.parties-and-elections.de/finland.html

Last European Parliament election June 2009

See:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/parliament/archive/elections2009/en/finland_en.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Parliament_election,_2009_(Finland)

Finnish Parliament building

Finnish Parliament building - source

The central authorities of the public administration are the Office of the Prime and 12 ministries. The parliament is consisted of one chamber and 200 members. Its president is at the moment Sauli Niinistö (since 24 April, 2007). The representatives have a four-year mandate. The last parliamentary elections took place on 18 March, 2007 and the next will take place in March 2011.

January 2008 the Ministry of Industry and Trade merged with the Labour Ministry and Ministry of Labour and Economy has been created. But two ministers remain active.