Minister of Defence (Finland)
|Minister of Defence of the Republic of Finland
Minister of Defence flag
|Ministry of Defence|
|Appointer||President of the Republic|
|Term length||No fixed term
up to 4 years de facto
|First holder||Wilhelm Thesleff|
The Minister of Defence (Finnish: puolustusministeri, Swedish: försvarsminister) is a member of the Finnish Council of State. As the head of the Ministry of Defence, the minister is responsible for the administration of national defence. The ministry is headquartered in Helsinki. The current Minister of Defence is Jussi Niinistö.
From June to November 1918 the post was called Chief of the War Department, and from then until 1922 the post was called the Minister of War.
Finnish Ministry of Defence Offices consists of two wings:
- South Makasiinikatu 8 since - Built by CL Engel as barracks for the Finnish Guard in 1922 and destroyed in 1944 and rebuilt by retaining the original walls from 1954-1956 and used as Defense Headquarters since 1956
- Fabiansgatan 2 - newer wing was built in 1961 by Finnish architects Viljo Revell and Heikki Castrén.
Previous Ministry Offices
- Eteläesplanadi 10 - 1918-1921 it was located here and now home to Ministry of Justice
- Korkeavuorenkatu 21 (Ohrana House) - relocated in 1921 and here until beginning of World War II; now Finnish Border Guard Headquarters
- Snellmaninkatu 4-6 - moved here 1941 to 1956 which now home to Finnish Financial Supervision Authority