Vanhanen II - now with more ministers than ever before!

We have an agreement: the next government's program (fi, PDF) and the Cabinet's party division (fi, PDF) are out and proud. I'll comment on the program - nauseatingly titled Responsible, caring, and supportive Finland - later, but for now, the big news is that the number of ministers is going up, up, up from 18 to 20. (I hope they didn't raise the number just to give every party an even number of seats, because that would be enough to drive one to despair.)

Instead of a Minister of Transport and Communication, the new government will have a Minister of Transport and a Minister of Communication. The Minister of EU and Immigration is a new title, as is the Minister of Housing. On the other hand, there won't be a separate Co-ordinate Minister of Finance; that job will be handled by the Minister of Municipal and Administrative Affairs. In addition to the ministerial reshuffle, the ministries themselves will undergo some changes. Notably, the Ministry of Trade and Industry will swallow the the Ministry of Labour to create one super ministry with two ministers, the Ministry of Labour and Commerce.

In any case, here's what party gets what:

Centre Party:

  • Prime Minister
  • Minister for Foreign Trade and Development
  • Minister of Municipal and Administrative Affairs
  • Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Minister of Transport
  • Minister of Trade and Industry
  • Minister of Social Affairs and Health
  • Minister of the Environment
National Coalition Party:
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs (ooh! controversial!)
  • Minister of the Interior
  • Minister of Defense
  • Minister of Finance
  • Minister of Education
  • Minister of Communications
  • Minister of Health and Social Services
  • Minister of Housing
The Coalition is also reputed to get the post of Speaker of Parliament, so they've done quite well for themselves.

Green League:
  • Minister of Justice
  • Minister of Labour
Swedish People's Party:
  • Minister of EU and Immigration
  • Minister of Culture
The Swedish PP should also be pretty pleased with themselves to get two ministers.

Names of ministers will start to dribble out tomorrow and the last ones should be known by Wednesday, I believe.

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