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. It convenes to its 20th anniversary Session in June 2017. Finland Society which itself turn 90 years next year, 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. 506 Finnish expatriate organizations in 38 countries have ratified its by-laws. 

New! Suomi 100 Maailmalla - Finland 100 i Världen - Finland 100 Worldwide

Finland 100 Worldwide homepage is open!

Finland 100 Worldwide is the joint project of the Finland Society (the secretariat of the Finnish Expatriate Parliament), Ministry to Finns Abroad (National Church Council, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland) and the Institute of Migration. Our project is also supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Finnish Seamen's Mission.It is part of the official Finland 100 programme, which is centenary celebration of Finland’s independence in 2017 for Finns and friends of Finland.

The aim of Finland 100 Worldwide is to encourage and support expatriate Finnish organisations and communities to organise in their own countries events related to the centenary of Finland’s independence and to provide information on Finland. The project gathers events worldwide (outside Finland) related to the centenary into a joint calendar of events. It also provides support and ideas to expatriate Finns for the centenary celebration. Likewise, information and moods about 100-year celebrations worldwide are passed both to those living in Finland and to expatriate Finns.
* Welcome also to Finland 100 Worldwide Facebook page.

* Moreover, our Finland 100 Worldwide project is accepted as part of the state's official Finland100-programme, under theme "Together".

The 9th Session of the Finnish Expatriate Parliament on 16.-17. June 2017 at the University of Helsinki old main building is also its 20th Jubilee Session, and linked to Finland's centenary celebrations: on the evening prior to the parliament session on Thursday 15. June 2017 at 5.30-8 pm, Finland 100 Years Worldwide organizes in the university Festive Hall a Fete of Finnish Culture Abroad

Outside of Finland... 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. 

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 here: Istunto 2015 (link also on the left). There you can read more about the 2015 Session and you find there also the Session's meeting minutes which contain as attachments the speeches, participant list, and short decisions of the adopted resolutions.

These and the resolutions of all preceding Sessions are here: Ulkosuomalaisparlamentin päätöslauselmat. The Secretariat is also pleased to assist (contact details below).

The resolutions form a powerful oice of expatriate Finns to Finland's decision makers. 

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.

* Top of the page

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

Päivitetty: 21.9.16 Webmaster