International Organisations

The Finnish Meteorological Institute represents Finland in several international organizations.


WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with 193 Member States and Territories. It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

Established in 1950, the WMO became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1951. . Finland has been a Member of WMO from the start. The Director General of FMI, Prof. Jussi Kaurola, is the Permanent Representative of Finland to WMO,

The Organization plays a leading role in international efforts to monitor and protect the environment through its Programmes.

To decide on the Programmes, approve the general policies as well as the maximum expenditure for the financial period, The World Meteorological Congress, the supreme body of the Organization, composed of its 193 Members, meets every four year. Congress elects the President and Vice-Presidents of the Organization and members of the Executive Council and appoints the Secretary-General. An extra ordinary Congress meets every second year, but the elections take place at the ordinary Congress.

WMO has two technical commissions and a Research Board composed of experts designated by Members, to study matters within their specific areas of competence. Finland is represented in the Technical Commissions.