Finnish Expatriate Parliament

The Finnish Expatriate Parliament (the FEP)

- promotes the interest of all expatriate Finns, being their direct link to the Finnish society

Expatriate Finns are a resource for Finland. They contribute to make Finland and Finnish culture known abroad. They also bring with them knowledge and skills which they have acquired home to Finland. It is important for Finland that the link between expatriate Finns and Finland stays strong and that expat Finns remain involved with the Finnish society.

The FEP was established in 1997. Finland Society provides for it its permanent secretariat.

The Finnish Expatriate Parliament is a cooperative forum, where Finns living around the world collectively decide on issues they deem important. FEP is also a medium through which the collective decisions of Finnish expatriates are transmitted to the Finnish Government and non-governmental organisations. Moreover FEP is a lobbying organ which ensures the views of expatriates receive adequate attention in Finnish public policy decision making.

The FEP's activities are based on the initiatives or motions for resolutions made by the Finnish expatriate organisations, and on the subsequent resolutions adopted by their representatives at the parliament assembly session in Helsinki. It convenes approx. every 2½ years. All Finnish expatriate organizations can participate in the work of the parliament. All that is needed is a ratification of the FEP by-laws. All expatriate Finns whether they are holders of Finnish passport or not, can participate. Membership does not entail any financial responsibilities or privileges. The FEP is politically non-aligned. 512 Finnish expatriate organizations in 38 countries have ratified its by-laws.

Outside of Finland

live approximately 300 000 Finnish citizens, with some over 242 000 of them with voting rights. There are about 600 000 first and second generation expatriate Finns who live abroad. In case we take into account the third and subsequent generations, their number rises to well over 1,6 million.

This careful, that is, with certainty under-estimated figure of Finns living abroad is based on country specific statistics from 28 example countries. The statistics mostly date from years 2010-2014 and differ mutually from each others; for example in US statistics several generations can announce Finn as their ethnic background (2011: 650 000), and in Sweden statistics calculate 1.-3. generations (2013: 711 000), while instead figures in Great Britain only feature Finnish nationals (2014: 14 000). These estimates are hence safe to use since they are based on official statistics.

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The 2015 Session was a success!

Thank you to all the 125 expatriate Finnish organisations from 21 countries which participated in the 8. assembly session of the Finnish Expatriate Parliament on 22.-23. May 2015, at the University of Helsinki old main building. They sent 140 representatives and 47 official observers.

The complete resolution compilation or all the 41 resolutions adopted by the Session, together with Introduction by Speakers' Council, were on 27. October 2015 handed to State Secretary Ms Paula Lehtomäki who stood in for Primer Minister Mr Juha Sipilä. From the PM's office, the resolutions are sent a round of commentary in the Government. You can read and download for printing the resolution compilation in English, Finnish or Swedish under: Session 2015. This and the resolutions of all previous sessions are here: Activity > Resolutions. The Secretariat is also pleased to assist (contact details below).

A fine number of initiatives, that is 54 motions for resolutions were handed in following rules. Thank you to all the expatriate Finnish organisations who submitted them! After combining, a total of 41 initiatives with secretariat provided backgrounds were processed by the committees of the session. All were adopted after plenary session debate and voiting. The resolutions form a powerful expatriate Finnish voice to Finland's decision makers.

More about the 2015 session is found here on left under title 'Session 2015'. There you find for example the session's meeting minutes which contain as attachments the speeches, participant list, and short decisions of the adopted resolutions.

Were you prevented from the joining the Finnish Expatriate Parliament session in Helsinki? The solution is a local Helsinki radio station Radio Rapu which made a full recording of day two of the plenary. Thus you can now listen to the interesting pre-voting discussions over the 41 motions for resolutions and all the day's speeches. Click open and listen here the high quality recording: Recording

Finnish Expatriate Parliament Member Survey

How does the FEP function in its present work for expatriate Finnish organisations, in advancing interests of expatriate Finns? What wishes for the future? Which matters are important for expatriate Finns? How do the parliamentary plenary sessions function? Feedback was asked also about information and communication. Your can read about the results of the FEP Member Survey 2014 in What's new section.

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Ulkosuomalaisparlamentin pysyvä sihteeristö / Utlandsfinländarparlamentets permanenta sekretariat
/ Permanent Secretariat of the Finnish Expatriate Parliament
Mariankatu 8, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358-(0)9-684 1210, Fax: +358-(0)9-684 121 40

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