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.
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.
Postponed 10th Session to be held 10.-11.6.2021
The Finland Society board decided on March 18th that due to the COVID-19 situation the Finnish Expatriate Parliament 10th Session in Helsinki at Finlandia Hall in June 2020 will be postponed to year 2021. The new date is Thu-Fri 10.-11.6.2021. New Session invitations will be mailed to all FEP organisations by 9.12.2020. Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all Finnish organisations abroad for registering to the 10th Session and for submitting initiatives to it! Altogether 141 Finnish organisations abroad registered by the deadline date 11.3. and 69 initiatives were received. Submitted initiatives remain valid to the postponed 10. Session. Rescheduling allows to make initiatives until three months before the Session. The possibility of Session participation raised the number of FEP organisations to 544, in 37 countries.
PREVENTING SPREAD OF COVID-19 VIRUS: Finnish citizens living abroad should not attempt to return in Finland, announced Finland Society (18.3.2020). Finland Society staff work presently long-distance from home. Meetings and visits to our office at Mariankatu must be agreed in advance. Our office 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. 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).