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The phone numbers of the Ministry of the Environment, SYKE and ARA are changing

The telephone numbers of the environmental administration will change on 29-30 October 2013, as part of the state administration’s shared Hansel framework agreement. The service numbers of the organiz...

Large lakes OK, coastal water quality poor

A new assessment of the ecological status of Finland’s waters shows that 85% of the surface area of our lakes and 65% of our rivers are in a good or very good state. However, three-quarters of the sur...

Changes in legislation to promote wind power

The Finnish Government is proposing to simplify the permit procedures related to the construction of wind power plants by introducing changes to the Land Use and Building Act. The matter was discu...

Results of water samples taken in Poland indicate significant phosphorous leakages from phosphogypsum stacks

The analyses of the water samples taken in Police and Gdansk are now complete.

Minister Viitanen at the Housing Fair: Smart construction must be developed through understanding everyday life

Today on 12 July, Minister of Housing and Communications Piia Viitanen opened the Housing Fair in Hyvinkää by highlighting the importance of digitalisation and technology to the future of construction...

Hannele Pokka appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment

The Finnish Government appointed Doctor of Laws Hannele Pokka to serve as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment from 1 September 2013 until 31 May 2020 on 8 May. A total of 11 ind...

RELEASE FOR MEDIA ON UPCOMING CHANGES: Changes in the Ministry of the Environment’s press release service

The new website of the Ministry of the Environment is open at In this context, the press release service of the Ministry of the Environment was reformed. All journalists and editorial staff...

Finnish Marina von Weissenberg becomes IUCN Vice-President

Counsellor Marina von Weissenberg from the Ministry of the Environment has been elected as Vice-President of IUCN-the International Union for Conservation of Nature for the period 2013-2016.

Krista Kiuru, Minister of Housing and Communications, will visit India from 15 to 19 January

Information from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Transport and Communications Krista Kiuru, Minister of Housing and Communications, to visit India from 15 to 19 January.

Finland introduces ambitious biodiversity strategy

On 20 December 2012, the Government adopted a resolution on the 2012–20...

Three Journalists Share Finland’s Best Biodiversity Award 2011-2012

The winners in the competition seeking the Best Biodiversity Action in 2011-2012 in Finland are journalists Peter Buchert, Päivi Mäki-Petäjä and Ann-Mari Rannikko. Thanks to their long-term, po...

Finland's Best Biodiversity Input Will Be Awarded

    Ural owl. Photo: Vesa Huttunen T...

International financing to help clean Lake Onega

Press release by Ministry of the Environment, NEFCO and NIB : The Finnish and Russian governments, together with the Petrozavodsk Communal Utilities Systems (PKS) and a group of internat...

UPM and the Ministry of the Environment have agreed on peatland nature conservation in Central Finland

Ministry of the Environment, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Central Finland and UPM  ...

Finland's Ministry of the Environment to contribute EUR 4.6 million to equipment deliveries for St. Petersburg’s waste water tunnel

The Ministry of the Environment has made a decision to contribute EUR 4.57 million towards enhancing wastewater treatment in St. Petersburg, Russia. The allocation will go to equipmen...

Nordic Climate Festival @ Aalto in search of sustainable solutions

The Ministry of the Environment, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Nordic Climate Festival @ Aalto inform Aalto University hosts a climate change an...

Finland enhancing support for Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP)

Press release by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Finland will grant an additional three million euros in funding to the environmental projects of th...

International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management meets in Helsinki

Kinahmi open-pit mine in Nilsiä Photo: Tapio Heikkilä The...

Target of halving long-term homelessness reached

Press release from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health The key quantitative objective of the National Programme to reduce long-term homelessness ...

New oil and chemical spill response vessel was given the name Louhi

Oil and chemical spill response vessel Louhi. Photo: Ilkka Lastumäki ...


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