Finland’s Arctic Policy
The objectives of Finland’s Arctic policy are defined in the Government Programme. In addition to the Government Programme the principles and objectives of Finland’s Arctic policies are described in Finland’s Strategy for the Arctic Region published in 2013 and updated in October 2016.
The guiding principle of Finland’s Strategy for the Arctic Region is to make the Arctic region in Finland a forerunner for sustainable development in the Arctic region. The strategy examines how to strengthen Finland’s position in the Arctic region, the new business opportunities, the environment, security and stability, the position of the northernmost regions in the country, international cooperation and Arctic expertise from a broader perspective. The strategy also outlines Finland’s role in the Arctic region that consists of four components: 1) Finland is an Arctic country, 2) Finland has Arctic expertise, 3) Sustainable development and environmental considerations will be taken into account in all Arctic activities and 4) International cooperation will be promoted and Finland’s position strengthened. In international operations Finland emphasizes the role of the Arctic Council as the primary forum for Arctic issues and supports the strengthening of the institutional role of the Council.
The mandate of the Arctic Advisory Board appointed by the Prime Minister’s Office is to monitor and coordinate Finland’s activities in the Arctic and the implementation of Finland’s Strategy for the Arctic Region.
Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017–2019. You can read Finland’s program for the chairmanship on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
You can find more information about the Arctic region and about the way it is defined on the website of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland.