Finland acts in a changing world Futures Review of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Julkaisusarja:Finnish government publication series 26/2018
Julkaisun pysyvä osoite on
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
This review looks at disruptive developments in international relations and the opportunities and tensions related to them. The review examines the impact of these transformations on the international position of Finland and Europe, and suggests how Finland should address the changes and their repercussions in its foreign policy in the next five years. The key drivers of change shaping international relations include major geopolitical shifts, technological development, the strengthening role of non-state actors, diversification of tools of influence, and continuing growth of global interdependence. Finland combines exercise of influence on and adaptation to changes in its foreign policy. In the rapidly changing world, the promotion of our values – human rights, democracy, rule of law – is increasingly important. Finland’s contribution to the strengthening of the international rules-based system, prevention of conflicts and mediation calls for a long-term strategy, initiatives and sufficient resources. Changes in the operating environment underline the importance of the EU for Finland’s security and well-being. Finland works to enhance the consistency and global impact of the EU’s external action. Finland strengthens trade and political relations with Africa, whose development is one of the most crucial issues shaping the global future.