Kesäranta is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Finland. It is located in the Meilahti area of Helsinki, overlooking a bay on the north-west side of the city. The Finnish name Kesäranta means "summer shore". The residence is owned by the Finnish state through Senate Properties.
In the summertime, the Council of State holds its informal evening sessions at Kesäranta. These take place on Wednesday evenings and date back to the 1930s, when Prime Minister Aimo Cajander adopted the practice of inviting ministers to Kesäranta to discuss and prepare matters to be handled in the Government plenary session on Thursday.
A thorough renovation of the main building took place in the 1950s and again in the 1980s. The main building was restored to look as it did at the beginning of the century, including rebuilding the tower and veranda, which had been pulled down in the 1950s. The courtyard of Kesäranta includes a seaside sauna, maintenance building, guard's house, pavilion, jetty and tennis court.