Committee members have been called in to meet during their summer recess to quickly agree on whether Finland will join in a European Union operation aimed at curtailing people smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea.
Dozens of Finnish political, religious, labour, sports and cultural leaders addressed a crowd gathered to protest hate speech.
In Finland, this summer is set to go down in the history books as perhaps the coldest on record – bucking the worldwide trend whereby this year brought the hottest June ever.
Close to 50 Finnish peacekeepers are set to begin training Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq. Operations chief Petri Hulkko says military activity in the area will not affect the security of the mission and that the Finnish troops will be in an area that has not been hit by recent air strikes.
The World Farmers' Organisation, a body that promotes farming in both developed and developing countries, has a new chief of its women's committee: the Finnish Kati Partanen. The committee says it is dedicated to improving gender equality in farming.