Inclusive and competent Finland – a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable society
Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government 2019
The President of the Republic appointed the new Government led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin on 10 December 2019.
Climate change, globalisation, urbanisation, the ageing of the population and technological development are all transforming Finland and the world perhaps faster than ever before. In the midst of this transformation, we need policy measures that offer people a sense of security and hope for a better future.
The aim of economic policy is to increase wellbeing and prosperity. This means ecologically and socially sustainable economic growth, high employment and sustainable public finances, as well as a level of stability in the economy would enable unforeseen impacts on people's wellbeing to be avoided.
Government has identified the strategic goals with which we will set about building a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable Finland:
Finland has an excellent opportunity to rebuild itself in line with the principles of sustainable development, as a nation with a sustainable social structure, a well-educated population and a high level of technological expertise.
Extensive, broad-based cooperation and swift measures are needed to address issues with the most far-reaching impacts, such as climate change, demographic trends, reduction of the loss of biological diversity, and preservation of a viable environment.
Finland is the safest country in the world and we want to stay that way. Finland must ensure internal and external security, respect for the rule of law, and people’s everyday safety and security.
Finland, by drawing on its many strengths, is well positioned to succeed as a global leader in skills and innovation. The key to our success as a dynamic and thriving Finland will lie in the ability to tap into the opportunities that this change provides.
The employment rate has grown in recent years, with unemployment falling in all groups. The principal factors improving productivity in economies like Finland are skills and technological progress.
People in Finland largely share the principles and values that are the building blocks of our Nordic welfare model, created together over the years as a joint effort. We have not invested in the wellbeing and inclusion of people solely because we have had the financial resources to do so; instead, we have also wanted to become a prosperous nation.
Education and training provide the best safeguard against exclusion and lack of prospects. An equal society seeks to provide opportunities for every citizen to study to their full potential.