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

How do we guide Finland forward in the midst of global uncertainty? Ministries’ futures review provides tools for decision-makers

12.9.2022 10.02
The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and accelerating climate change have led to a situation in Finland and globally where the future seems rather uncertain. In the midst of uncertainty, decision-making is difficult. Finland will hold parliamentary elections in spring 2023, and the new Government Programme will outline policies for the next few years.

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Work Life Forum Finland 2022 focuses on current picture of working life

31.8.2022 8.01
Finland is preparing for a challenging autumn and winter. Inflation, rising energy prices, Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and climate change challenge society as a whole at many different levels. Good working life is one of the pillars of the welfare society. What is now required from the world of work is special capacity for renewal, the anticipation of skills needs, and flexibility and agility to adapt to rapidly changing situations.

Contact details

Jaana Tapanainen-Thiess, Chief Specialist 
Prime Minister's Office, Government Strategy Department, Yhteiskuntapolitiikan suunnitteluyksikkö 0295160593