Regional development priorities 2016-2019

In February 2016, the Government approved the national regional development priorities for its term of office.

The objectives for regional development are laid down in the Act on Regional Development. The provisions on the preparation, contents and timetable of the decision on regional development priorities are contained in the Government Decree on Regional Development.

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 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 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.

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is responsible for overall coordination of regional development at national level.

Further information: jarmo.palm(at) and hanna-maria.urjankangas(at)