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.
During each electoral period, the Government submits to Parliament a report on the future focusing on long-term perspectives.
Foresight activities are carried out in several ministries. All ministries are involved in the ministries’ joint foresight working group.
The Government Foresight Group is an expert group that supports the Government’s foresight activities and the work of the National Foresight Network.
The National Foresight Network brings together Finnish foresight data producers.
The European Commission established the EU-wide Foresight Network, which began its work in May 2021.