“We need a common language in order to integrate immigrants. Even in Finland you must speak Finnish, no matter how poorly, otherwise you will not be included in society. Other countries require a home language, e.g. Canada and Sweden. Unfortunately, sufficient money is never available for language tuition.”
Matti Anttonen 1.10.2012

What kind of Finland do we aspire to in 2030?

Finland is a good place to live for everyone

- Skilled people prefer a safe and equal society

The Finland of the future will be an equal society where trust is the key basis of a functional, efficient and prosperous society. Citizens will participate actively in decision-making characterised by agility and transparency. This country will be outstandingly successful in the face of worldwide competition for skilled people, thanks to its active immigration programme, safe living environment and good basic services. We will also have mutually beneficial educational cooperation with various countries.

Economic and political unrest in the world, and urbanisation, are increasing people’s mobility. The populations of various countries are becoming increasingly middle-class and are seeking a good framework in which to live, at home or abroad. The labour market of a networked world is worldwide. Finland cannot cope without workers. Growth in productivity is not enough – experts must be imported from elsewhere. As the population ages, immigration represents one way of improving the dependency ratio and enhancing population growth. At present, only six OECD countries – Japan, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Finland – are facing a situation in which immigration will not suffice to offset the reduction in labour.

Finland is a trust-based society that offers suitable services for everyone flexibly, based on efficient use of technological possibilities. People learn to be tolerant and show respect to one another in everyday life, both at school and in working life. This country engages in fair international labour force cooperation, with the equal position of women in working life as a special competitive asset.


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