Openess, trust and ethics

Openness of administration

The Ministry of Finance promotes open government together with other actors such as agencies and municipalities, because everyone has the right to receive information and participate in the activities and development of our society. The open government work is carried out under the Open Government project based on a national action plan.

Open government work areas include:

  • Public access: The principle of public access to official documents refers to the right to obtain information about the activity of authorities.
  • Understandability: Government texts, services and reforms are clear and understandable.
  • Trust: Trust is a central goal for open government; this also includes the aim of increasing the knowledge base on how trust can be advanced and assessed.
  • Communication: Communication is two-directional and a key part of all work in the areas of open government.
  • Participation: All interested parties have the opportunity to participate in the preparatory work and development of matters. Government is receptive to new ideas, requirements and needs.
  • Open activity: Government develops its activities to be more open in all of its areas.
  • Government as enabler: Government supports civil society's opportunities for action and removes obstacles to its activities.
  • Open data: Data is available in an open and machine-readable format.

Avoinhallinto.fi-pages

Opengovpartnership.org -pages

OECD Open government work

Ministry of Justice's Fundamental Rights and Democracy page

Act on the Openness of Government Activities

Contact details

Katju Holkeri
Senior Ministerial Adviser
tel. +358 2955 30087
[email protected]

Ethics

The content can be found on the page Ethics.

Trust

Trust is an important theme in governance policy. Trust capital is an important asset in the implementation of changes. Changes can be implemented only if the administration trusts the citizens, the citizens trust the administration, and the public administration actors trust each other, businesses and third-sector actors. Building trust is possible by opening up administration: areas to be developed are understandable structures and processes, customer-oriented services, clear administrative language, citizens’ participation and open data.

Finland has commissioned a confidence assessment from the OECD. It will be completed in spring 2021. The purpose of the assessment is to:

  • expand and strengthen the knowledge base of confidence in administrative institutions in Finland and provide international comparative data
  • explore citizens' trust in administration
  • provide an analysis of which issues strengthen or weaken confidence in administrative institutions in Finland. In this way, it will be possible to formulate a strategy to determine where we should invest and in what measures to achieve the desired effects of the work to build trust.

Contact details

Katju Holkeri
Senior Ministerial Adviser
tel. +358 2955 30087
[email protected]