Departments and units

Police Department

The Police Department drafts legislation concerning the police. The Department is responsible for the performance management of the National Police Board and the Finnish Security intelligence Service.

The Police Department deals with matters concerning the police administration, public order and security, combating crime, licencing, gambling policy, the private security sector and international affairs that concern the police. The Police Department is also responsible for coordinating action against human trafficking taken within the Ministry's branch of government.

The Police Department is headed by Director General Risto Lammi.

Departmental units:

  • Legislative Affairs
  • International and Legal Affairs
  • Planning

Department for Rescue Services

The Department for Rescue Services guides and directs rescue services and maintains oversight of their coverage and quality, has charge of the organisation of rescue services at national level, and coordinates the activities of various ministries and sectors in the field of rescue services and their development. The Department also decides on providing international assistance in this field.

Additionally, it drafts legislation on rescue services and emergency response centre operations.

The Department is responsible for the performance management of the Emergency Services College, and is jointly responsible for the performance management of the Emergency Response Centre Administration together with the Police Department and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

The Fire Protection Fund operating under the auspices of the Department for Rescue Services grants assistance for projects to improve fire prevention and rescue operations.

The Department for Rescue Services is headed by Director General Esko Koskinen.

Departmental units:

  • Legislative Affairs and Steering
  • Rescue Services and Resilience
  • Emergency Response Centre Affairs
  • International Affairs

Border Guard Department

The Border Guard Headquarters operates as the Ministry’s Border Guard Department. The Department deals with matters concerning border control, border checks, maritime search and rescue, combating crime, and participation in military defence. It also drafts related legislation.

The Department is headed by Major General Ilkka Laitinen, Deputy Chief of the Border Guard.

Divisions of the Border Guard Department:

  • Personnel Division
  • Border and Coast Guard Division
  • Technical Division
  • Legal Division

Migration Department

The Migration Department is responsible for formulating Finland’s migration policy and for drafting legislation on migration and citizenship. The Department is also responsible for the performance management of the Finnish Immigration Service and for ensuring that the Immigration Service carries out its duties effectively.

The Migration Department is headed by Director General Jorma Vuorio.

Departmental units:

  • Legal Affairs
  • Migration Policy
  • Development and Steering

Administration and Development Department

The following functions are centralised in the Administration and Development Department: strategic planning of operations and finances, research and development, guidance of procurement, improving the oversight of legality and quality in law drafting, tasks and duties concerning legal matters, and a range of other administrative duties. The Department also deals with matters concerning the flag and arms of Finland.

The Administration and Development Department is headed by Director of Finance Jukka Aalto.

Departmental units:

  • Human Resources and Administration
  • Strategic Steering and Development
  • Legal Services
  • Finance
  • Information Management

International Affairs Unit

The Ministry of the Interior is engaged in ongoing cooperation with other countries and international organisations. The Ministry's international activities are coordinated by the International Affairs Unit. In addition, the Unit develops and coordinates domestic capacity building for civilian crisis management, and manages the European Union’s Home Affairs Funds in Finland.

The International Affairs Unit is headed by Director General Laura Yli-Vakkuri.

The International Affairs Unit consists of:

  • Coordination of International and EU Affairs
  • Finland’s National Capability for Civilian Crisis Management
  • European Union Home Affairs Funds

Communications Unit

The Communications Unit manages, develops and executes communications to support the management, departments and public officials.

The Communications Unit is headed by Director Mika Mäkinen.

Internal Audit

The Internal Audit Unit provides the management with independent information on internal control and risk management at the Ministry and its branch of government, as well as information on whether their operations are consistent with the objectives.

The Internal Audit Unit is headed by Director Jyrki Pennanen.