Foresight activities and work on the future

Climate change, an ageing population and technological development are transforming Finland and changing its outlook for the future. Many other social, technological, economic, environmental and political changes are also affecting our operating environment.

Finland needs to prepare for the future and the uncertainty it brings. The Government’s foresight activities aim to support decision-making by creating a shared understanding of the changes that lie ahead. Cooperation and wide-ranging participation are integral to the Government’s work on the future.

Foresight is not about predicting the future – it is about exploring different possible paths for future development and identifying the opportunities and challenges they might present.


Current issues

Minister of Employment Haatainen: Young people’s voices must be heard in discussion on the EU and working life

21.9.2021 15.48
On 20 September 2021, Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen listened to the views of Vantaa upper secondary students on future working life. The discussion centred on young people’s wellbeing and equal opportunities to study and work in the EU. The event was part of the Government’s “We are Europe” tour.

Inaugural plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe to take place in Strasbourg

18.6.2021 14.59
The inaugural plenary of the European Conference on the Future will be held in Strasbourg on 19 June. The inaugural meeting will feature discussions on the purpose and expectations of the conference and on the conference timetable. The Finnish Government will be represented at the meeting by State Secretaries Vesa Vuorenkoski and Johanna Sumuvuori, who will attend remotely. Citizen representative Ninni Norra will represent Finland in person at the event in Strasbourg.

Contact details

Jaana Tapanainen-Thiess, johtava asiantuntija, tulevaisuusselonteon pääsihteeri 
Prime Minister's Office, Government Strategy Department, Policy Planning Unit 0295160593  


Hanna Ojanen, Coordinator 
Prime Minister's Office, Government Strategy Department, Policy Planning Unit 0295160448