Press Releases 2011

22.06.2011 17:25

Katainen’s Government appointed

Government Communications Unit
22.6.2011 17.25

On Wednesday 22 June, the President of the Republic appointed Finland’s 72nd Government. At the same time, the President of the Republic released the ministers of Mari Kiviniemi’s Government from their duties.

The Government headed by Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen consists of 19 ministers. The National Coalition Party and the Social Democratic Party have six ministerial posts each. The Left Alliance, the Swedish People's Party and the Green League each have two ministers. The Christian Democrats have one minister.

In its first plenary session on Wednesday 22 June, the Government made decisions on the division of responsibilities among the ministers, the members of the statutory Cabinet Committees and the deputies for the ministers. Minister of Finance Jutta Urpilainen was appointed as the minister deputising for the Prime Minister. At the start of the session, seven ministers took an oath of office and a judicial oath and three ministers made equivalent affirmations.

The Katainen Government:

Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (National Coalition Party)
Minister deputising for the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance Jutta Urpilainen (Social Democratic Party)
Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja (Social Democratic Party)
Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb (National Coalition Party)
Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala (Green League)
Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (Swedish People’s Party)
Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen (Christian Democrats)
Minister of Defence Stefan Wallin (Swedish People’s Party)
Minister of Public Administration and Local Government Henna Virkkunen (National Coalition Party)
Minister of Education and Science Jukka Gustafsson (Social Democratic Party)
Minister of Culture and Sport Paavo Arhinmäki (Left Alliance)
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Koskinen (National Coalition Party)
Minister of Transport Merja Kyllönen (Left Alliance)
Minister of Economic Affairs Jyri Häkämies (National Coalition Party)
Minister of Labour Lauri Ihalainen (Social Democratic Party)
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Paula Risikko (National Coalition Party)
Minister of Health and Social Services Maria Guzenina-Richardson (Social Democratic Party)
Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö (Green League)
Minister of Housing and Communications Krista Kiuru (Social Democratic Party)

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