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.
The 24th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was held in Helsinki, Finland on 5-9 July 2015. Eduskunta, the Parliament of Finland, hosted the Parliamentary Assembly's Annual Session in 1993 (photo). The theme for this year's Session is "Recalling the Spirit of Helsinki," a reference to the OSCE's founding document, the Helsinki Final Act, which was signed in the Finnish capital in 1975.
Read more about 2015 Helsinki Declaration.
The 1931 Parliament House has closed for extensive renovations. After the April 2015 parliamentary election Parliament of Finland will convene 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.
Parliament elects among its members a Speaker and two deputy speakers during the first plenary session each year.
At the Visitors' Centre, operating in the Little Parliament, you will find information about Parliament.
The Library of Parliament is open to the public.
Guide for visiting journalists.