Government report on the future

The Government submits a Report on the Future during each electoral term. The Government Report on the Future aims to identify issues that will be important for decision-making and require particular attention in the future. It also serves to open discussion for the coming years. The Government issued its first report in 1993.

The Report on the Future is drawn up in two parts. The first part deals with the ministries’ joint foresight activities, the purpose of which is to create an understanding of future developments. The second part focuses on certain key issues identified in the ministries’ foresight activities and explores possible solutions.

The report is discussed jointly by Parliament and the Government, and it also provides material for broader public debate. The report procedure makes it possible for Parliament to express its opinion on both the ministries’ foresight activities and the key themes selected by the Government.

Government Report on the Future 2019–2023

The Government began preparing its next Report on the Future in the spring of 2020. A steering group chaired by Henrik Haapajärvi, State Secretary to Prime Minister Sanna Marin, was appointed to prepare the report.

The aim is to strengthen the impact of the Report on the Future and link it to the ministries’ joint foresight activities.

The Report on the Future will be presented in two parts in order to promote dialogue and engagement.

  1. The first part consists of the Finland for Future Generations scenario work, which seeks to provide an overall picture of future developments. The scenario work identifies social, technological, economic, environmental and political changes, explores the uncertainties associated with these changes and considers their possible paths of development in the future. The first part of the Report on the Future is due to be submitted to Parliament in autumn 2021.
  2. In the second part, the Government will focus on one or more key issues identified in the scenario work and reflect on possible directions for solutions. The second part of the report will be submitted to Parliament in autumn 2022.

The ministries’ joint foresight working group plays a key role in drawing up the first part of the Government Report on the Future. The Prime Minister's Office is responsible for coordinating this work. Ministries’ representatives, for their part, work together with experts in their administrative branches and networks. There is also close cooperation between the National Foresight Network, the Government Foresight Group and a variety of national and international experts.

Fifty dialogues on the future of Finland to support the preparation of the report

In its Programme, the Government pledges to develop and test out new ways of interacting in order to encourage people to participate more effectively and extensively in reforming society. 
As part of the Government Report on the Future, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Timeout Foundation have teamed up to organise 50 dialogues on the future of Finland. These discussions were held in different parts of Finland in cooperation with regional and local operators using the Timeout method.

Representatives of different generations (especially young people) and genders and people from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life were invited to participate. The goal was that people who, for one reason or another, do not usually take part in discussions on the future would get involved in reflecting on the future of Finland.

Photo: Jussi Silvennoinen / Visit Finland 

Previous reports on the future

Government Report on the Future 2018: The transformation of work 

Government Report on the Future 2013: Sustainable growth and wellbeing

Government Foresight Report on Long-term Climate and Energy Policy 2009