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The opening of the 2016 parliamentary sessionhttps://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/The-opening-of-the-2016-parliamentary-session.aspxThe opening of the 2016 parliamentary session2016-02-03T13:00:00Z
Parliament re-elected its Speakershttps://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/Parliament-re-elected-its-Speakers.aspxParliament re-elected its Speakers2016-02-02T11:45:00Z
Grand Committee: Firearms Directive needs amendment or at least derogation for Finland’s national defencehttps://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/grand_committee_20151216.aspxGrand Committee: Firearms Directive needs amendment or at least derogation for Finland’s national defence2015-12-18T09:25:00Z
Parliament approves budget for next yearhttps://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/budget_2016.aspxParliament approves budget for next year2015-12-18T09:25:00Z
Grand Committee: Developing EMU must not increase the rift between euro and non-euro Member Stateshttps://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/grand_committee_EMU.aspxGrand Committee: Developing EMU must not increase the rift between euro and non-euro Member States2015-12-16T08:55:00Z
​Maija-Leena Paavola Appointed New Secretary-General of Parliament https://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/Generalsecretary.aspx​Maija-Leena Paavola Appointed New Secretary-General of Parliament 2015-12-11T11:55:00Z
Government Wins Vote of Confidence after Interpellationhttps://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/Government-Wins-Vote-of-Confidence-after-Interpellation-December.aspxGovernment Wins Vote of Confidence after Interpellation2015-12-11T11:05:00Z
Speaker Lohela and the Foreign Affairs Committee Talk with UN Secretary-General about Development Policyhttps://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/Speaker-Lohela-and-the-Foreign-Affairs-Committee-talk-with-UN-SecretaryGeneral.aspxSpeaker Lohela and the Foreign Affairs Committee Talk with UN Secretary-General about Development Policy2015-12-09T15:00:00Z
Tytti Yli-Viikari Appointed New Auditor General of the National Audit Office of Finlandhttps://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/Tytti-YliViikari-Appointed-New-Auditor-General-of-the-National-Audit-Office-of-Finland.aspxTytti Yli-Viikari Appointed New Auditor General of the National Audit Office of Finland2015-11-24T14:00:00Z
Ukraine Crisis, Migrants, Terrorism in Focus as OSCE PA President Addresses Ambassadorshttps://www.parliament.fi/EN/tiedotteet/Pages/Ukraine-crisis,-migrants,-terrorism-in-focus-as-OSCE-PA-President-addresses-ambassadors.aspxUkraine Crisis, Migrants, Terrorism in Focus as OSCE PA President Addresses Ambassadors2015-11-19T13:30:00Z

​Eduskunta, the Parliament of Finland

The supreme decision-making authority in Finland is exercised by Parliament. The 200 Members of Parliament are elected every four years using a direct proportional system. Parliament enacts legislation, approves the state budget, ratifies international treaties and oversees the Government.

Parliament has three key arenas: the plenary session makes final decisions, the committees prepare matters and the parliamentary groups shape policy. Legislation is enacted according to the Constitution and the Procedure of Parliament. The Speaker directs parliamentary work together with the Deputy Speakers and the Speaker's Council. The Parliamentary Office provides services for MPs and is headed by the Secretary General of Parliament.

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Parliament convenes in temporary facilities

The 1931 Parliament House has closed for extensive renovations. After the April 2015 parliamentary election Parliament of Finland convened in the nearby Sibelius-Academy concert hall, which has been refurbished to fit the needs of parliament. Parliament will return to its own building in time for Centenary celebrations of Finnish Independence in the fall of 2017.

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Speaker and deputy speakers

Parliament elects among its members a Speaker and two deputy speakers during the first plenary session each year.

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Visitors' Centre

At the Visitors' Centre, operating in the Little Parliament, you will find information about Parliament.

The Library of Parliament

The Library of Parliament is open to the public.

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Media work in the Parliament

Guide for visiting journalists.