Rural and island policy

Rural policy

The aim of the rural policy is to ensure that the Finnish countryside remains vibrant and is able to make use of its own resources. In accordance with the vision laid out for Finland’s rural policy

  • the countryside is an inseparable part of prosperous Finland
  • the countryside is a good living environment supporting entrepreneurship and creativity
  • the material, social, cultural and ecological basis of the countryside
  • is important to Finland

Finland can only make use of these strengths if it has vibrant rural communities with well-functioning infrastructure and services.

From 1 January 2016, the rural policy has been the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for integrating the rural policy with overall regional development.

Further information: hanna-mari.kuhmonen(at)tem.fi
In the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: Christell Åström, Senior Specialist, christell.astrom(at)mmm.fi

Island policy

Island policy is one of the oldest elements of regional policy in Finland. The Government appointed a long-term committee to address issues relating to islands as early as in 1949. The provisions on the Island Committee were laid down by decree in 1961 and the Island Development Act entered into force in 1981. The Island Development Programme, approved by the Government or a ministry, has been the main tool in the implementation of the island policy.

From 1 January 2016, the island policy has been the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for integrating the island policy with overall regional development.

Further information: hanna-mari.kuhmonen(at)tem.fi
In the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: Jorma Leppänen, Ministerial Adviser, jorma.leppanen(at)mmm.fi