Joint strategy for the Ministry of the Interior’s administrative branch

We all have the right to feel safe — Finland is the safest country in the world

The joint strategy for the Ministry of the Interior’s administrative branch is based on four priorities that also support the implementation of the new Government Programme.

The four priorities are:

  1. Maintaining a strong general sense of security
  2. Keeping people, the environment and property safe
  3. Countering threats to national security
  4. Ensuring that immigration is well-managed and socially sustainable

The strategy will be implemented over the 2019–2022 government term.

Skilled and committed staff who thrive in their work are our chief asset to enable this strategy. Every day of the year, the police, border guards, emergency response centre officers, rescue services personnel and immigration officials help make sure that society remains safe and secure.

Making sure the authorities are accessible in people's everyday lives

The strategy helps maintain a strong general sense of security and safety. The Ministry of the Interior’s administrative branch ensures high-quality services are provided, so that our authorities are visible and easily accessible. The authorities communicate openly and provide fact-based information on security issues, which helps people feel a sense of security.

The task of the Ministry of the Interior’s administrative branch is to keep people, the environment and property safe. For this reason, the authorities need to be able to prevent as many crimes and accidents as possible and provide assistance in emergencies quickly and effectively. At the same time, it is essential to encourage individuals and communities to act independently and to take responsibility for their own safety and for that of their nearest and dearest.

Preventing and countering security threats

The Ministry of the Interior’s administrative branch must be able to counter for extended periods any threats to national security. These include serious cyber incidents, terrorist attacks, a mass influx of migrants or extreme weather phenomena caused by climate change. We safeguard the inviolability of our national borders and strengthen civil emergency preparedness.

Our aim is also to make sure that immigration is well-managed and socially sustainable. Finland needs labour migration and more migrants in employment. A well-functioning asylum and migration policy that is based on human rights is important for the future of the EU.

Our vision: We all have the right to feel safe — Finland is the safest country in the world

Joint strategy for the Ministry of the Interior’s administrative branch