Values and ethics

The public service code of ethics refers to the general values and principles public servants should follow. Every public servant is vested with certain rights and obligations.

Governmental authorities act under the citizens’ mandate and at the citizens’ expense. When public power is exercised, compensations are awarded, taxes are levied, pre-trial investigations are carried out etc., affecting the rights and obligations of citizens.

The Government's customers are both citizens as well as communities, agencies and companies. When serving our customers, we also exercise some public power. That is why an authority, be it an agency or a public servant, must act impartially, independently and fairly in performing their duties.

Citizens appreciate services offered by the Government and the rest of the public sector, and it is important that we ensure that such services are offered in the future.

Values in government administration

Government employees share common values based on

  • productive operation
  • transparency
  • quality and strong expertise
  • trust
  • service principle
  • neutrality and independence
  • equality
  • responsibility.
Published 2014-11-12 at 12:24, updated 2018-06-19 at 15:26

Values in the daily job – Civil Servants ethics

The state of civil servants ethics and morals - citizens' survey results (Ministry of Finance publications – 2c/2017)

State of Civil Service Ethics in Finland, August 2017 (Ministry of Finance publications – 30/2017)