Finland

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Status

Finland has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

National position

Finland has consistently abstained from voting on an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that welcomes the adoption of the TPNW and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

In 2021, the parliament adopted a policy “to continue analysing” the TPNW, and the government said that it would attend the first meeting of states parties to the treaty in 2022 as an observer. The prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, said in 2020 that her country “participate[s] in the dialogue concerning the [TPNW]”.

 

Political developments

Three of the five political parties that form the coalition government in Finland have expressed their support for joining the TPNW: the Social Democratic Party, the Green League, and the Left Alliance.

The minister of foreign affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto, is one of dozens of Finnish parliamentarians who have pledged to work for their country’s signature and ratification of the TPNW. He made this pledge in 2017, prior to assuming the office of foreign minister.

In 2020, Erkki Tuomioja, a former Finnish foreign minister, voiced his support for the TPNW, noting that one of the reasons for Finland’s reluctance to join it to date has been “the displeasure the US would show at such a step”.

The foreign affairs committee of the Finnish parliament issued a statement in 2018 recommending that the government of Finland “continue to analyse the contents of the treaty”. It also noted that the TPNW supports and complements” earlier treaties.

 

Public opinion

A public opinion poll conducted by Kantar TNS Oy in November 2019 found that 84 per cent of Finns believe that their government should sign the TPNW, with 8 per cent opposed to signing and 8 per cent undecided.

 

TPNW negotiations

Finland did not participate in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Finland abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

The president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, receives one thousand hand-folded paper cranes from Hiroshima, Japan, as part of an ICAN initiative in 2012.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

[HIGHLIGHTS]

Status

Finland has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

National position

Finland has consistently abstained from voting on an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that welcomes the adoption of the TPNW and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

In 2021, the parliament adopted a policy “to continue analysing” the TPNW, and the government said that it would attend the first meeting of states parties to the treaty in 2022 as an observer. The prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, said in 2020 that her country “participate[s] in the dialogue concerning the [TPNW]”.

 

Political developments

Three of the five political parties that form the coalition government in Finland have expressed their support for joining the TPNW: the Social Democratic Party, the Green League, and the Left Alliance.

The minister of foreign affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto, is one of dozens of Finnish parliamentarians who have pledged to work for their country’s signature and ratification of the TPNW. He made this pledge in 2017, prior to assuming the office of foreign minister.

In 2020, Erkki Tuomioja, a former Finnish foreign minister, voiced his support for the TPNW, noting that one of the reasons for Finland’s reluctance to join it to date has been “the displeasure the US would show at such a step”.

The foreign affairs committee of the Finnish parliament issued a statement in 2018 recommending that the government of Finland “continue to analyse the contents of the treaty”. It also noted that the TPNW supports and complements” earlier treaties.

 

Public opinion

A public opinion poll conducted by Kantar TNS Oy in November 2019 found that 84 per cent of Finns believe that their government should sign the TPNW, with 8 per cent opposed to signing and 8 per cent undecided.

 

TPNW negotiations

Finland did not participate in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Finland abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

The president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, receives one thousand hand-folded paper cranes from Hiroshima, Japan, as part of an ICAN initiative in 2012.

[PARTNERS]

Committee of 100 in Finland

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Finnish Peace Committee - Suomen Rauhanpuolustajat 

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Peace Union of Finland

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Physicians for Social Responsibility

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Technology for life

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Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto ry (Union of Conscientious Objectors, Finland)

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  • Committee of 100 in Finland

    website

  • Finnish Peace Committee - Suomen Rauhanpuolustajat 

    website

  • Peace Union of Finland

    website

  • Physicians for Social Responsibility

    website

  • Technology for life

    website

  • Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto ry (Union of Conscientious Objectors, Finland)

    website