The first set of national
sustainable development indicators was prepared in 2000. Since then the indicators
have been published and renewed regularly, especially when the new sustainable
development strategy was completed.
The state of and trends in
sustainable development in Finland were being monitored and reviewed with the
use of 39 national sustainable development indicators. These indicators
were identified in 2014 to measure the progress of the eight strategic
objectives of Society’s Commitment. Finland’s national follow-up system was
renewed in 2017. It consists of around 45 indicators that are grouped in ten
baskets with specific themes, such as “Resource-wise economy and carbon-neutral
society”, “Housing and communities”, “Social inequality” and “Global
responsibility and policy coherence”. Around one third of national indicators
are from the global SDG indicator set, two thirds are country specific.
National indicators were chosen in
2017 by the national follow-up network that is chaired by the Prime Minister’s
Office, and includes representatives from ministries, Statistics Finland,
research institutions and various stakeholder groups. The national follow-up
network meets 4-6 times per year.
National indicators are updated once
a year, during the second and third quarter. The annual update of data is
accompanied with the preparation of interpretative text for each of the ten
baskets. Interpretative texts are prepared by experts of different ministries
and research institutions. The purpose of interpretative texts is to describe the
current state and recent development in Finland, compared to target levels
(where they exist) and peer countries.
Indicators and interpretative texts
are published at a website hosted by the National Commission on Sustainable
Development and the Prime Minister’s Office. The Finnish website includes a
possibility to openly comment indicators and interpretative texts. You can find
the English version of the website here
In 2018, Statistics Finland
started a project to establish a national reporting platform for global SDG
indicators. The platform was published in February 2019, and is currently
publicly available at the webpage of Statistics Finland. In February 2020, the
database contained national data for 158 global indicators of the total of 244
indicators, i.e. the coverage was 65 percent of global SDG indicators.
The full list(s) of indicators as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 15 June 2020
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