Democracy policy

The goal of the Government's democracy policy is to address topical democracy-related challenges and ensure that citizens are provided with opportunities for participating and exerting influence in society.

The Government Programme of Prime Minister Antti Rinne for 2019–2023 states that the Government will launch a cross-administrative democracy programme extending until 2025. The democracy programme will function as an umbrella for democracy-related projects to be carried out by different ministries. The Government’s Democracy Network, appointed by the Ministry of Justice, is responsible for coordinating the Government’s democracy policy and the upcoming democracy programme.

The Action Plan on Democracy Policy for 2017–2019 was drawn up based on the Government Report on Democracy Policy submitted to Parliament in 2014. Participatory rights are also dealt with in the National Action Plan on Fundamental and Human Rights. As for these action plans, the work has been reconciled with the objectives of democracy policy.

Contact information

Niklas Wilhelmsson, Unit Manager 
Ministry of Justice, Department for Democracy and Public Law, Democracy and Elections kansalaisvaikuttaminen  osallistumisoikeudet  demokratiapolitiikka  civic society  0295150348  


Maria Wakeham-Hartonen, Senior Specialist 
Ministry of Justice, Department for Democracy and Public Law, Democracy and Elections KANE  kansalaisvaikuttaminen  civic society  sustainable development  demokratiapolitiikka  0295150416