Juha Sipilä’s government becomes Finland’s longest-serving administration*

The current Centre Party leader says that networking is a key skill when trying to promote Finland's goals in the EU.

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Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels, 29th May 2019 / Credit: EC media service

The outgoing government of caretaker Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is set to become Finland’s longest-serving administration. With a caveat!

On Saturday, Sipilä’s government will have clocked up 1465 days in office, meaning he’ll be the longest-serving PM who heads up one government.

Other Finnish Prime Ministers like Matti Vanhanen (Centre) and Paavo Lipponen (SDP) have been PMs for longer than 1465 days, but spread across several different governments, with general elections punctuating their different administrations.

This week, Sipilä attending his final Brussels summit with other EU leaders, and wrote about the advice he would give his successor, likely Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne.

“Networking. It is the most important from the point of view of influencing and promoting Finland’s goals” wrote Sipilä on Facebook.

“Over four years, friendships have formed, which will continue after I am Prime Minister” he added.