Government Palace (Finland)

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Government Palace
Valtioneuvoston linna
Valtioneuvoston linna.jpg
Former namesSenaatintalo
General information
Architectural styleNeoclassical
LocationHelsinki, Finland
AddressSnellmaninkatu 1 A
Coordinates60°10′10″N 024°57′16″E / 60.16944°N 24.95444°E / 60.16944; 24.95444Coordinates: 60°10′10″N 024°57′16″E / 60.16944°N 24.95444°E / 60.16944; 24.95444
Current tenantsFinnish Council of State
Construction started1818
OwnerSenate Properties
Design and construction
ArchitectCarl Ludvig Engel
Presidential hall in February 2020
Meeting of the Finnish Cabinet in January 2020

The Government Palace (Finnish: Valtioneuvoston linna, Swedish: Statsrådsborgen) is the executive office building of the Council of State of Finland. It overlooks the Senate Square in central Helsinki, Finland. The Government Palace houses the Prime Minister's Office, the Office of the Chancellor of Justice and most departments of the Ministry of Finance. Its former name is the Senate House (Senaatintalo).[1] The building is usually not open to the public but on occasions there are open days.[2][3]


Work on building the Senate began in 1818. The Senate moved to the palace overlooking Senate Square in 1822. The wing on the Aleksanterinkatu side was completed in 1824 followed by the Ritarinkatu wing in 1828. The Hallituskatu side was not closed off until several decades later with a courtyard annex added in 1860 to house the Senate printing press. The Ritarikatu and Hallituskatu sides were later subsequently renovated and altered. The Government Palace acquired its present appearance between 1916 and 1917 with the heightening of the Ritarikatu wing.[4]

In addition to the organs of the Senate itself, the Senate building was in the early years also home to a wide range of other important public agencies and offices, including the predecessor of the Bank of Finland, Postal Directorate, Customs Board and National Archives. The Imperial Alexander Pharmacy was also located in the Senate building before it moved to the building completed on the opposite side of Senate Square in 1832.[4]

In 1904 Eugen Schauman shot Governor-General of Finland Nikolai Bobrikov in the second floor level of the staircase of the building.[4]


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  1. ^ "Valtioneuvoston linna". Kurkistuksia Helsingin kujille. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  2. ^ Hanhivaara, Jussi (12 September 2014). "Valtioneuvoston linna avautuu yleisölle, pääministeri paikalla avoimien ovien aikana". Yle. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Valtioneuvoston linna on avoinna yleisölle OpenHouseHelsinki". Valtiovarainministeriö. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Valtioneuvoston linna". Valtioneuvosto. Retrieved 29 June 2020.

External links[edit]

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