Country / Region profile of: Finland

Although Finland is often considered a pioneer in gender equality, Finnish women still face high incidence of domestic violence and workplace discrimination. Even though Finland has no recent history of conflict, there are tensions around the Baltic Sea Region due to increased security threats caused by military exercises conducted by Russia. Finland has partnered up with the governments of Afghanistan, Kenya and Nepal to support their efforts in the implementation and follow-up of their WPS NAPs. Domestically and regionally, Finland works on the WPS Agenda through  diplomacy, crisis management, development cooperation and humanitarian aid and other expert work and training with EU policy measures. Finland ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1986 and is ranked 3 out of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Finland voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 3rd June 2013, and ratified on 2nd April 2014. In 2017, around $3,597,100,000 was spent by Finland on its military. In October 2015, Finland expressed its commitment to remain a top donor to UN-Women Continue to dedicate 52% of funding to fragile States remains directed towards activities with a gender focus. In 2017, at the UNSC Open Debate, Finland restated its support for WPS. Although gender equality standards are relatively high in Finland, women rights activists continue to advocate for global peace and security and the implementation of relevant national and international legislation. 

“Increasing the amount of women also in the highest positions can wait no longer.” - Anne Holmlund


$ 3,597,100,000
Military expenditure
Finland spends USD$3,597,100,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Funding a National Action Plan
This amount could generously fund implementation of the country's National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, which does not specify a budget
NAP 1325
The Finland NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments