Message from the President of the Republic of Finland to the 10-year anniversary of the Security Committee


I congratulate the Security Committee, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. When the Committee started its work, the world was very different. Many people still had rosy ideas about the security environment, and security was being cut back in different parts of Europe. We Finns did not, however, close our eyes to the dangers of the world. We maintained universal conscription and a strong defence capability, and developed close
partnerships with the West.

Finns know that amidst uncertainty the entire nation must be ready for anything. This principle is the basis of our overall approach to security, about which lessons have been learned all over Europe. Our strong commitment to national defence has also been widely recognised.

Our future membership of the NATO defence alliance will strengthen our overall security. Even so, it is worth remembering that ultimately we ourselves are always responsible for the security of our country. We are not only asking for help with outstretched hands; we are also bringing security to our allies – and lessons on overall security.

The authorities are constantly preparing for various disruptions. Finland’s strength lies in cooperation between different sectors and in the wide-ranging preparedness of companies, organisations and households. In crises, we all must be able to act collectively and bring together the available resources and expertise. The Security Committee plays a key role in how this comprehensive state of preparedness is maintained and developed. The Security Committee brings together different administrative sectors, business and industry on a regular basis, that share the situational picture and good practices.

I extend my thanks to the Security Committee today, on its 10th anniversary. At the same time, I thank all of you who work every day for our comprehensive security. You are the backbone of preparedness and its institutional memory.

I also wish you success in the next decade. Work to safeguard Finland’s security and wellbeing never ends. It is our common duty to our country.

Sauli Niinistö

President of the Republic of Finland