Growth from health sector innovations and research

The health sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Finland is in an excellent position to become a top player in health care business, well-being and health services and the new services in the sector.

Growth and renewal in the health sector is being promoted with the national growth strategy for research and innovation announced in 2014. Its implementation is jointly steered by three ministries (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health) and the providers of funding (Academy of Finland and Business Finland).

The aim of the strategy is to systematically develop the sector’s operating environment and ensure its competitiveness, boost investments and to achieve economic growth in the sector. The health sector growth strategy will also create opportunities for better health care and a basis for a more efficient social and health sector.

On 14 June 2016, the Government published the Health Sector Growth Strategy for Research and Innovation Activities, Roadmap for 2016–2018. This gives further details about the implementation of the growth strategy published in 2014 and accords with the Government's key projects and priorities.

Government Programme supports practical implementation of the strategy

The Programme of Marin’s Government, Inclusive and competent Finland – a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable society, states that the implementation of the growth strategy continues. The updated roadmap, Sustainable growth and wellbeing 2020-2023, was published in December 2020.

The objective of the updated Roadmap is to speed up the implementation of the Growth Strategy and to ensure the completion of the measures and to specify the division of labour and cooperation related to them. The update also takes into account changes in the health sector's operating environment.

Further information:

Anni Kaukoranta - anni.kaukoranta(at)
Jaana Lappi - jaana.lappi(at)