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Finland

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Parliament

Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
The complete budget
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Notes
See Constitution, Section 50, subsection 1: "The plenary sessions of the Parliament are open to the public, unless the Parliament for a very weighty reason decides otherwise for a given matter."
Committee meetings are open to the public
Notes
See Constitution, section 50, subsection 2 (" ...a committee may open its meeting to the public during the time when it is gathering information for the preparation of a matter.")
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
Media used for the dedicated channel
Webcast
Meetings broadcast on the dedicated channel
Plenary sittings

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
No
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
See Rules of Procedure, section 43a: "Committee documents shall be secret if access to their contents would cause significant damage to the international relations of Finland or to the capital or financial markets. Likewise, documents shall be secret if they contain information on a business or professional secret or the state of health or financial status of a person, if access to that information would cause significant harm or damage and unless there is a pressing public interest requiring that the documents be public. A committee may decide, for a comparable compelling reason, that a given document is to be secret. Documents covered by the scope of discretion, as exercised by the Committee on the basis of section 50(3) of the Constitution, shall also be secret." In addition, Section 24 of the Act on the Openness of Government Activities lists secret official documents (unfortunately, the translation of this act is not up to date).

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
There is a register of accredited lobbyists