Finland is a member of European Union. Finland acceded to the European Union (EU) in 1995. As an EU Member State, Finland promotes the Union’s development as a financial, political and security institution. The aim is to strengthen Finland’s security and welfare.
The Prime Minister's Office prepares the general guidelines of Finnish EU policy and coordinates the preparation and handling of issues relating to the European Union in the ministries.
Decisions concerning the general guidelines of Finland’s EU policy are made by the Cabinet Committee on European Union Affairs. The Committee discusses key EU issues that are politically, economically or legally important.
Since joining the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) as an associate member in 1961, Finland has participated in European integration.
Finland is a member of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and uses as the only Nordic country the single currency, the euro.
Finland has also signed the Schengen Agreement, which has eliminated border controls between the Schengen member countries.