The Finnish Expatriate Parliament (FEP) was established in 1997 as a (1) cooperative forum of expatriate and other Finnish organisations abroad, to decide jointly about matters important to them. Activities are primarily focused on decision-makers in Finland, whom the parliament informs about conditions and views of Finns abroad. The FEP offers expatriate Finnish and other Finnish organisations abroad a (2) discussion and information channel, both towards Finns abroad as well as towards Finland. As an (3) opinion maker, the FEP sees to that adopted resolutions are passed on to decision-makers. This way Finnish officials, legislators and other societal parties can better observe the views and proposed improvements of Finns abroad.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE (19.3.2020): The board of Finland Society decided on March 18th that due to the COVID-19 situation the Finnish Expatriate Parliament 10th Session in Helsinki at Finlandia Hall on June 11. – 12., 2020 will be postponed to year 2021. The new Session date will be announced soon. We thank all active Finnish organizations abroad which already registered and submitted initiatives to the Session. Submitted initiatives remain valid to the postponed 10th Session. Registration fees have been returned. New Session invitations will be sent to all FEP organisations six months before the Session. Prior to that, all will be sent more information about the postponed Session. Enquiries: email@example.com
THANK YOU! Despite of the uncertain world situation 141 Finnish organisations abroad registered by the deadline date 11.3. to the 10th Session. Initiatives received for the Session’s processing are being registered to the Received initiatives list and remain valid to the postponed Session. Rescheduling allows organisations to complete their submitted Initiatives, if necessary. FEP By-laws allow submission of initiatives until three months before the Session. The possibility of Session participation raised the number of Finnish organisations which ratified FEP By-laws to 544, in 37 countries.
CURRENT NEWS: Finland Society announcement (18.3.2020): Finnish citizens living abroad should not attempt to return in Finland! To prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus, Finland Society staff work presently long-distance from home. Meetings and visits to our must be agreed in advance. Our office at Mariankatu is open on weekdays 9am – 3pm. Please contact directly the person you wish to reach: our staff contact details.
Expatriate Finns are a resource to Finland. Of them ca. 300 000 are citizens and over 254 000 are eligible to vote. Along with people of Finnish descent identifying themselves as such there are ca. 2 million Finns abroad. They make Finland and Finnish-ness known world over, and bring to Finland their know-how learned abroad. This dialogue is important to Finland; that the ties of Finns to their country of origin do not break and that a living connection to Finnish society remains. Listening to them happens through the Finnish Expatriate Parliament.
Finnish Expatriate Parliament activities are based on motions submitted by Finnish organisations abroad and on the resolutions their representatives pass at the plenary session. All Finnish organisations abroad which accept FEP By-laws can join. There are no financial gains nor economic duties related to FEP activities. The Finnish Expatriate Parliament meets every 2-3 years. The FEP Session is the largest expatriate Finnish event of its year in Finland.
Finland Society (Suomi-Seura ry) founded the FEP together with Finnish organisations abroad. The FEP is part of Finland Society which advances resolutions adopted by the Sessions together with FEP Speakers’ Council. These 8 regional FEP representatives support maintenance of dialogue between Finns abroad and Finland. The work of Speakers’ council is led by the Speaker who is the current Finland Society chairman. In this manner, advocacy is part of the task of Finland Society as an expertise and service center for Finns living overseas, promoting their cause. This FEP home page usp.fi (https://usp.fi) is part of the Finland Society website.
WELCOME NEW YEAR AND NEW DECADE! In year 2020, Finnish Expatriate Parliament turns 23 years (founding date 5.8.1997).