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

Report: Four scenarios depicting the direction of regional development in Finland in 2040

8.12.2021 13.02
In a report commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, likely future outlooks for regional development in Finland have been examined through four different scenarios. According to these scenarios which extend to 2040, regional development may be globally selective, concentrated on raw materials and tourism, patchwork-like or balanced.

“We Are Europe” tour to visit Tampere

7.12.2021 14.24
Kuvituskuva: Eurooppa olemme me -kiertue
The Prime Minister’s Office, the European Studies programme at Tampereen lyseon lukio high school and the Tampere Region EU Office will hold a panel discussion at Wivi Lönn hall in the Monitoimitalo 13 community centre on Saturday 11 December at 14.00. Prime Minister Sanna Marin will give the opening speech at the event.

Photo: Julia Kivelä / Visit Finland

Contact details

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