Foreign policy and security policy

02.04.2019

Finland’s foreign and security policy aims at preserving its independence and the democratic core values of society and promoting the well-being and security of its citizens.


Finland’s foreign and security policy aims at preserving its independence and the democratic core values of society and promoting the well-being and security of its citizens.

As a Member State of the European Union and a member of the international community, Finland exercises foreign policy with a view to securing its national interests and endeavors to contribute to world peace.

Foreign and security policy is based on good bilateral and international relations, a strong role in the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU, effective multilateral cooperation and credible national defence.

EU foreign affairs ministers discuss China and Asia relations

EU foreign affairs ministers discuss China and Asia relations

EU foreign affairs ministers will hold an informal video conference on Friday 29 May. Finland’s representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. The main topic on the agenda will be China.

Foreign ministers will focus on the preparation of future EU–China summits. The next EU–China summits are expected to produce concrete progress in matters relating to climate and environmental cooperation and in questions pertaining to the rules-based multilateral international system.

Finland is concerned about the possible escalation of the situation in Hong Kong. For the stability and prosperity of the region, it is essential that the ‘one country, two systems’ policy is observed and the autonomy of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) is respected.

Foreign ministers will also exchange views on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Asia and Pacific region. Finland considers that the EU must strengthen its economic and political partnerships and continue efforts to expand the EU's network of free trade agreements in the region. Finland supports the EU’s efforts to develop its relations in the region making use of the European green growth programme, the Green Deal.

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