President Niinistö appoints the new Government: Unity and cooperation are the resources that sustain us

Presidentti Niinistö kättelee pääministeri Orpoa.

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö appointed the new Finnish Government on Tuesday 20 June 2023. The Government, led by Prime Minister Petteri Orpo, is the 77th Government in the history of independent Finland.

“Your Government begins its term of office at a very difficult time. The war in Ukraine has shifted to a new, more intensive phase. The future and security of Europe are being put to the test”, President Niinistö said to the members of the new government during their complimentary visit to the Presidential Palace.

The President said that Finland must be able to continue its strong support for Ukraine as part of the common Western front, while taking good care of our own national defence. “As a new NATO member, we have a major task in integrating our defence with the collective NATO defence and deterrence.”

“You have also other challenges ahead of you: The state of the Finnish economy is weak. We need to seek new growth and keep up with the latest technological development. Know-how and unhindered access to global markets are the lifeline of a small nation.”

The President pointed out that the Government’s collegiality will certainly be put to the test, when difficult decisions are being made. “Especially in difficult times, unity and cooperation are the resources that carry through hardship. Therefore, I believe that our cooperation in foreign and security policy will be close.”

“Finland is a good country. One of the world’s leading countries according to many indicators. So, let us ensure together that our common homeland will remain that way also for the generations coming after us.”

The security of Finland and its people has been ensured

Outgoing Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government paid a farewell visit to the Presidential Palace before the visit of the new government. President Niinistö thanked the resigning Government for its work and for the good cooperation during the difficult years.

“When appointing your Government in December 2019, I said that the world around us is unstable and that it is becoming harder and harder to predict developments in world politics”, the President said.

“This prediction turned out to be true in many ways during your government term. First COVID-19 and then the Russian war in Ukraine showed in a tangible way how surprising the world is and what kind of instability, even dangers, this causes”, the President added. “Still, even though the circumstances have been difficult, we have succeeded in securing the most important thing: the security of Finland and its people.”