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Central Government Communications Guidelines

Freedom of speech, openness and impartiality are among the core values in Finland’s central government. The media environment in Finland is rated one of the most free in the world.

The fifth edition of the Central Government Communications Guidelines explains the values governing communications, outlines the duties and describes the changes in the field of communications and how these changes impact public authorities. It serves as a basis for different government organisations to draw up their own more detailed communications guidelines. 

Foreword 

 Communications Guidelines 28.11.2016

1 Openness

1 Openness

The objectives and policies in central government communications are based on fundamental rights.

Chapter 1

2 Values

2 Values

The core values in central government communications are openness, reliability, impartiality, intelligibility, interactivity and service-mindedness.

Chapter 2

3 Management, planning and assessment

3 Management, planning and assessment

Communications and media relations are an integral part of management.

Chapter 3

4 Changes and expectations

4 Changes and expectations

The voice of citizens must be heard. Public authorities must understand citizens’ expectations when changes are made in public administration and its services.

Chapter 4

5 Regulations, instructions and recommendations related to communications

5 Regulations, instructions and recommendations related to communications

Central government communications are guided by various regulations, instructions and recommendations.

Chapter 5

Communications material

Communications material

Material

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