Photo: Jan Ekebom
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.
In 2017, the UN General Assembly designated 2021–2030 as the UN Decade of Ocean Science to support marine research in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Finland’s objectives – clean, healthy and resilient oceans and seas – are in line with the global priorities for the decade. Further objectives include maintaining a sustainable blue economy, improving preparedness for changes in marine environments and ocean-related hazards, and increasing people’s understanding of oceans and seas.
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.
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
According to the vision, a healthy Baltic Sea with its vital marine life is a well-protected and sustainably used resource. The Baltic Sea Region actively develops its know-how and uses its resources as a forerunner in sustainable development.
The objective is to achieve clean, healthy and productive oceans and seas by the end of the decade.