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

Permanent Secretaries call for swift reforms to promote the green transition and boost economic growth; measures must also ensure justice

6.2.2023 9.00
The Permanent Secretaries of the ministries have drawn up a joint outlook on key issues for Finland’s next two government terms. The report aims to shift the focus from topical themes to a longer-term perspective. The Opportunities for Finland report published on 6 February provides a knowledge base for discussions around the elections this spring and for drawing up the next government programme.

Government report examines the future of Finland’s retail sector

10.11.2022 14.28
On 10 November 2022, the Government submitted to Parliament its Report on the future of the retail sector. The report provides information on the sector and development proposals for the next ten years. The aim is for the Finnish retail trade sector to succeed nationally and internationally in the future too.

Contact details

Jaana Tapanainen-Thiess, Chief Specialist 
Prime Minister's Office, Government Strategy Department, Policy Planning Unit 0295160593