Ministry of the Interior aims to make Finland the safest country in the world

The Ministry of the Interior is responsible for internal security and migration. Its role and duties have rapidly become more and more relevant given the trend towards greater instability in our security environment. The Ministry’s key tasks include legislative drafting, and strategic planning and steering within its branch of government.

Safety – backbone of a stable and thriving society

Safety is the backbone of a stable and thriving society and our whole way of life is built on it. A sense of security is a basic human need and thus an essential part of wellbeing. Internal security means that in a society everyone, whether an individual, a business or an organisation, can enjoy the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the legal system without fear or insecurity caused by crime, disorder, accidents or any other phenomena.

Internal security covers a large number of issues. Many agencies are responsible for contributing to public safety, but agencies in the Ministry of the Interior’s branch of government are responsible for key parts of this work during times of peace. The Ministry’s most important responsibility is to assure internal security at all times, under all conditions, because without this fundamental component the civil society cannot function.

The Ministry of the Interior is responsible for internal security throughout all of central government.

Aiming to be the safest country in the world

It is the aim of the Ministry of the Interior for Finland to be the safest country in the world.

This is an ambitious vision, but it can be achieved. Finland already ranks among the safest countries in the world in many respects. The sense of security is high in Finland when compared with other countries. This is partly explained by strong social cohesion, low corruption, confidence in the authorities and trust in one’s own family and friends. Statistically speaking, Finland is very safe in many respects. For instance, the incidence of crime is low when compared with other countries and the rate has fallen ever since the 1990s.

However, regarding internal security, Finland is at a crossroads in a number of ways.

The threats in our region are becoming more complex and are evolving rapidly. External and internal threats are intertwined and it is harder to predict what is going to happen.

The new security situation places greater emphasis on the role played by the Ministry of the Interior. The authorities in the Ministry’s branch of government prevent threats and secure the supply of aid in emergencies. All authorities safeguarding internal security have the capacity to act quickly with clear chains of command on every day of the week around the clock.

Values

The Ministry’s activities are guided by four values. These are

  • Reliability
  • Adaptability
  • Cooperativeness
  • Openness

The Ministry of the Interior prepares legislation and guides its branch of government

The Ministry prepares acts and decrees dealing with

  • public order and security
  • migration, international protection and reception of asylum seekers
  • rescue services and emergency response centre operations
  • border management and maritime search and rescue
  • Finland’s national capability for civilian crisis management
  • Finnish citizenship and
  • joint preparedness of regional authorities for incidents and emergencies

The Ministry is also responsible for

  • legislative drafting
  • strategic planning
  • providing guidance and allocating resources.

The strategic priorities, legislative initiatives and other key projects of the Ministry’s branch of government are included in its multiannual operational and financial plan and the yearly performance plan.