Regional development priorities

The objectives for regional development are laid down in the Act on Regional Development. The Government will approve the national regional development priorities (regional development decision) for its term of office. The decision on regional development priorities sets out the central government objectives that the ministries are committed to and that are taken into account in the steering of each administrative branch. The development resources and the performance and effectiveness indicators are also described in the decision. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is responsible for overall coordination of regional development at national level.

Regional development decision 2020-2023

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is preparing a new regional development decision for 2020–2023. We will report on the progress made on this page.

The Ministry invited a group of experts with diverse and extensive research-based experience on regional development to present their ideas and views to broaden the spectrum of the Ministry’s preparatory work. The expert group was asked to produce a working paper to support the preparation of the regional development decision. It was completed in August 2019. The working paper is in Finnish.

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Regional development decision 2016-2019

In February 2016, the Government approved the national regional development priorities for its term of office. The regional development priorities are as follows:

  1. Growth through renewal
  2. Vitality through regional networks
  3. Wellbeing through partnerships.

In the vision for 2025

  • regions will create growth based on high-quality competence and sustainable development.
  • Finland, relying on a network of regions, will be able to make effective and sustainable use of its resources.
  • the public, private and the third sector will successfully promote the development of regions and services as a joint effort.

The priorities were prepared in an open process in cooperation with ministries, regional councils and other major actors. All interested parties were invited to put forward ideas for the priorities in an online brainstorming session. More than 800 persons took part in the session and they presented 1,350 ideas.

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