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The decision to approve bills passed by Parliament is taken by the President of the Republic. The proponent minister presents the bill to the President of the Republic. If the President declines to approve the bill, it is returned for the reconsideration of the Parliament. If the Parliament then passes the bill again without amending its substantive content, it enters into force without the President’s approval. If the Parliament does not pass the bill, it is deemed to have lapsed. The decisions of the President of the Republic are reported on the Government website

Approved bills (acts) are published in the Statute Book of Finland. Acts enter into force after publication on the date laid down in the Act, or a separate decree is issued on subsequent entry into force. Current legislation is available for review in the electronic database of Finnish legislation (Finlex) .


Further information

Database of Finnish legislation (Finlex)
President of the Republic of Finland