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The 1998 Finnish Government Programme for Sustainable Development was assessed during 2000–2002 by a sub-committee, which included various stakeholders, of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development. The Ministry of the Environment published the assessment report, describing the progress made towards sustainable development during the previous two decades, in June 2003. The English summary of the report was published in August 2003. The report also served as a basis for a five-year work plan of the National Commission (2003–2007).

Finland decided to link the progress report on the National Strategy for Sustainable Development with the implementation report on the renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy. As a result, a progress report about the implementation of the National Strategy objectives was drawn up in autumn 2007, and the National Commission was informed of the progress in December 2007. The National Commission then reported on the results of the assessment to the Government. The next national progress report was prepared in 2009, according to the EU schedule.

Finland was one of the peer countries included in the Dutch peer review process in 2007.

A comprehensive national assessment of sustainable development was completed in December 2009. The main objective of the assessment was to evaluate the implementation of the 2006 National Strategy for Sustainable Development and assess the importance and impacts of sustainable development in Finnish policies and administrative practices, as well as give a picture of the state of sustainable development in Finland. The assessment was conducted as an external evaluation (undertaken by Ramboll Management Consulting) and discussed in the meeting of the Finnish National Commission in December 2009. The report has been translated into English and is available on the internet.

 An assessment of the national model and work of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development was carried out in 2012 by Gaia Consulting, an external consultant. Based on this assessment and the work of the National Commission, a new strategy process was launched in 2012. The report on the assessment is available: 

After the 2012 assessment some changes were made to sustainable development processes. The Sustainable Development Expert Panel was established (hosted by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra) and communication was improved. The major change was the preparation of the strategy document Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, with its measures for putting sustainable development into practice.



Government Report on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD


The aim of this report is to address a carbon-neutral, resource-wise and competent Finland where non-discrimination and equality is secured. In line with the Government priorities, the implementation of Agenda 2030 in Finland builds on two themes: To achieve a carbon-neutral and resource-wise Finland. The focus should be on improving the energy, resource and material efficiency and sustainably increase the share of renewable forms of energy. Finland must produce environmentally friendly services and innovations, promote their exports, and develop low-emission economic sectors and transport models.




To secure non-discrimination, equality and a high level of competence in Finland, Finland must prevent youth and long-term unemployment, exclusion of various population groups, polarization of labor markets, and segregation of living and residential areas. Finland must also reduce health disparities, promote gender equality, support lifelong learning, and raise the level of education and competence of the population. Non-discrimination includes equal access to services at the different stages of ageing.



This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 30 October 2017

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