The Constitution is the cornerstone of all legislation and exercise of public power. It contains provisions on state organisation, checks and balances between the top government branches and fundamental civil rights.
The new Constitution of Finland entered into force on 1 March 2000. The booklet In Finland Sovereign Power Rests with the People contains an introduction to the contents of the Constitution.
The Constitution of Finland is also available in PDF-format in
A paper version of the translation into Russian is available (email order: viestinta.om(at)om.fi ).
A look into the background of the reform and the main principles of the new Constitution (2000) is provided by Jaakko Nousiainen, Professor Emeritus in Political Science, in his article
Updated on February 22, 2007