Finland’s goal is to develop maritime policy into one of the country’s key strengths. The Government decided on the guidelines for maritime policy in 2019 and drew up an action plan based on the guidelines in March 2022. These documents form the framework for developing maritime policy.
The key priorities for maritime policy are the protection of the seas, the maritime cluster, and marine production. The policy guidelines and action plan specify the focus areas of Finland’s maritime policy, which extends to the oceans, and determine the measures needed to reach Finland’s maritime policy objectives.
The Prime Minister’s Office has the overall responsibility for coordinating and developing maritime policy in Finland. Other ministries are responsible for various areas of maritime policy within their competence.
Finland’s National Implementation Plan for the UN Decade of Ocean Science aims to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
The key priorities for maritime policy are the protection of the seas, the maritime cluster, and marine production. Photo: Mikko Huotari/Visit Finland
Financial support may be granted to maritime policy measures on the basis of a use plan endorsed by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Government Resolution on Finland's Maritime Policy Action Plan develops, coordinates and implements Finland's maritime policy, implements the objectives of the Government Programme related to maritime policy, and promotes the implementation of the EU's maritime policy in Finland.
The policy guidelines determine the focus areas of Finland’s maritime policy concerning oceans and seas, and present measures required for reaching the set objectives. Photo: Juha Kalaoja/Visit Finland