The Finnish Expatriate Parliament was established in year 1997 by Finland Society together with Finnish organisations abroad, as a joint forum of societies. Consulting Finns abroad is possible through the Finnish Expatriate Parliament.
The Finnish Expatriate Parliament is 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 to Finnish organisations abroad a (2) discussion and information channel, both towards Finns abroad as well as towards Finland. The FEP is an (3) opinion maker whose adopted resolutions are passed on to Finnish officials, legislators and other societal parties, allowing to better observe improvements proposed by Finns abroad.
Finnish Expatriate Parliament 10. Session will be a digital Session in June 2021!
(2.10.2020) The Finnish Expatriate Parliament 10. Session will for the first time convene digitally in June 2021! A historical long-distance Session offers as equal rights of participation, speech and vote as possible to all the Finnish organisations abroad participating in FEP activities – 543 in 37 countries. The global digital session is organised to overcome health security risks and travel restrictions caused by Covid-19. We have already begun to prepare the digital Session. Session invitations to all Finnish organisations abroad which have joined FEP activities will be posted by December 9. More information: parliament secretary firstname.lastname@example.org and +358 44 7109387.
Dual citizenship is our greatest joint achievement
Finland Society asked Finns abroad, what they consider as the greatest achievement of the Finnish Expatriate Parliament. For a clear majority of respondents (70 %) it is dual citizenship (2003). One-fifth (20 %) of respondents take as the most significant achievement the right to postal voting for those residing abroad during elections (2017, in use since 2019). Six per cent (6 %) of respondents lift to number one place support for language skills and culture of Finnish expatriate children. This work continues. More in the Finland Society magazine Finland Bridge 2-2020: page 3.
The 10th Session postponed to 2021
(2.10.2020) As explained above, the postponed 10. FEP Session will be held digitally. We remember, that the first big change was made on March 18 2020, when the Finland Society board decided that due to the COVID-19 situation the Finnish Expatriate Parliament 10. Session had to be postponed by one year. However, a session that meets physically in Helsinki is not possible. We thank all the 144 Finnish organisations abroad which prior to postponement had already registered to the Session and all who by then had submitted a total of 69 initiatives. They go to the June 2021 digital Session, to which all FEP organisations will be invited again.
FINLAND SOCIETY OFFICE IS CLOSED DURING RENOVATION The property housing Finland Society office (at Mariankatu 8, Helsinki) is closed due to water pipe renovation, estimated to end by start of year 2021. Our staff works long-distance from homes. You reach us best by e-mail or by phone. We serve on weekdays 9am – 3pm. Due get in touch directly with 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. The FEP maintains a living connection to Finnish society.
FEP 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. FEP Session convenes every 2-3 years and is a large expatriate Finnish event in Finland. The FEP is part of Finland Society (Suomi-Seura) 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. Speakers’ council is led by the Speaker who is the current Finland Society chairman. In this manner, advocacy is part of Finland Society tasks as an expertise and service center for Finns living overseas, promoting their cause. This homepage 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).