As part of the Government, and the leading authority in the area of national defence, the Ministry of Defence is in charge of national defence policy, national security and international cooperation in defence policy matters.

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for providing resources for military national defence and creating preconditions for the Defence Forces to operate. It is responsible for Finland’s participation in international crisis management and contribution to the European security structures to secure national interests.

In addition, the Ministry of Defence is in charge of coordinating the comprehensive defence approach and promoting the will to defend the country. At request, it provides assistance to other authorities.

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