The Ministry of the Interior forms part of the Government. Its three key duties are:
- drafting of legislation concerning the police, rescue services, Emergency Response Centre operations, border guarding, maritime search and rescue, and migration
- performance management of agencies and institutions in the ministry’s branch of government, and
- dealing with international and EU affairs that fall within its remit.
The Ministry’s vision is for Finland to be the safest country in the world.
Ministry of the Interior Department for Rescue Services guides, directs and oversees rescue services
The Ministry of the Interior Department for Rescue Services directs, guides and oversees rescue services and maintains oversight of their coverage and quality, has charge of the organisation of rescue services at national level, and coordinates the activities of various ministries and sectors in the field of rescue services and their development. The Department for Rescue Services also makes decisions on providing international rescue assistance abroad.
The Department is led by Kimmo Kohvakka, Director General for Rescue Services.