Finnish Government's Website Has Been Renewed

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Helsinki, 14 March, 2006 — The revised Government website and the website of the Prime Minister’s Office were opened on 13 March 2006. The addresses are www.government.fi and www.vnk.fi/english. The websites were renewed as regards to their technical implementation, visual image, and contents. New functions include a press release subscription service, an event calendar and a larger image bank. The reform will continue. During spring 2006, for instance, materials of Government sessions will be made available on the website.

A website for the media, the Government media service at media.government.fi, was also revised.

The Government Communications Unit, located in the Prime Minister’s Office, is responsible for the websites and for updating the contents. Information for the media service is produced by all ministries, the Office of the President of the Republic and the Office of the Chancellor of Justice.

The graphical appearance of the websites has been designed by Digitaalinen Mainostoimisto Byroo Oy. Responsibility for technical implementation rests with Mermit Business Applications Oy, which has worked in cooperation with the Government Information Management Unit.

The websites provide service in Finnish, Swedish and English. The Finnish-language pages have the widest range of information.

www.government.fi

The key topical contents of the Government website includes press releases issued by the Government and ministries, information on Government decisions and speeches by the Prime Minister and other ministers. Approximately 19,000 topical documents have been restored from the old website.

E-mail press releases can be subscribed by subject area. Furthermore, the section for current issues includes an event calendar and recordings of the Government’s key press conferences. The image bank contains photographs of Government premises and ministers of the cabinet in office. The photographs can be used for editorial purposes and for such purposes published free of charge.

The section on the Cabinet in office provides access, for example, to ministers' CVs, contact details and information on their special advisers. It also contains information on the division of labour between the ministers, their substitutes and memberships in cabinet committees and councils. The section titled Government activities provides information on topical material regarding the work of the Government including the Government’s weekly programme, information on Government decisions plus reports, communications, statements by the Prime Minister and answers to parliamentary interpellations. Central information on the Government’s four policy programmes is also available here.

There is separate section for European Union affairs. All press releases, speeches and other topical materials concerning EU affairs, as well as materials related to the weekly EU press briefings, are available in this section. The pages also contain information on the handling of EU affairs in Finland and preparations for Finland’s EU Presidency plus the frequently visited EU jobs section.

Website of the Prime Minister’s Office

The key topical contents of the website of the Prime Minister’s Office, includes press releases issued by the Government and the Prime Minister’s Office and speeches by the Prime Minister. The current issues also include information on vacant jobs in the Prime Minister’s Office.

The website presents the organisation and management of the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as information about the personnel, finances, premises, history and the most important duties and how they are handled. The section about the Prime Minister gives information about the duties and selection of the Prime Minister. The site also provides a link to the current Prime Minister’s personal data and photos. Inquiries and feedback

Feedback and inquiries concerning the website can be addressed to the Government Communications Unit: info@vnk.fi.

Further information:
Päivi Paasikoski, Head of Information
tel. +358 9 1602 2082 or +358 40 547 6279

Päivi Mutanen-Pirttilä, Information Officer
tel. +358 9 1602 2014

Web Specialist Pilkkuniina Pääkkönen
tel. +358 9 1602 2083, Government Communications Unit

More information
http://www.vnk.fi