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

Updated Occupational Barometer to include more data on short-term labour and skills needs

12.4.2023 11.23
Ihmisiä tietokoneen ääressä
At the end of 2023, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment will publish its first Labour Force Barometer, which will contain data on the need for labour and skills by occupation and sector. Previously, information on labour needs has been published in the Occupational Barometer, which will now be renamed. The aim is to create a better situation picture of the labour market in Finland as a whole and in the regions.

EU pledges to better protect its citizens

6.10.2023 18.10
Prime Minister Orpo and Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez in Granada 6. October 2023
In connection with their meeting in Granada, Spain on 6 October, the EU leaders issued a joint declaration on the Union’s priorities for the coming years. It emphasises the need to safeguard the security of EU citizens and guarantee their economic and social wellbeing.

Contact details

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