Rural and island policy

Rural policy

A boy in a gypsum field with another boy in his backpack.

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. According to the vision for rural policy, diverse rural areas are a national success factor. They offer a foundation and solutions for a good life, innovation, entrepreneurship and a sustainable society. Finland will be developed as a whole by strengthening local opportunities.

To make use of the opportunities offered by rural areas we must have vibrant rural communities with 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)gov.fi
In the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: Antonia Husberg, antonia.husberg(at)gov.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)gov.fi and
In the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: elina.auri(at)gov.fi