Tasks and activities

As one of the Ministries of the Finnish Government and a leading authority in the area of national defence, the Ministry of Defence is in charge of the national defence policy and national security as well as international cooperation in defence policy matters.

The Ministry of Defence is in charge of the resources of military defence and operational preconditions of the Defence Forces. To ensure national interests the Ministry bears the responsibility for taking part in international crisis management and European security structures.

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for coordinating the comprehensive defence approach and the will to defend the country. It provides on request executive assistance to other authorities.

Administrative sector

In line with the Government regulations the following fall within the remit of the Ministry of Defence:

  • Defence policy
  • Military defence
  • Coordination of the comprehensive defence approach
  • Military crisis-management and peace-keeping tasks.

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