Reducing differences in wellbeing by 2030

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
22.4.2021 13.57
Press release 106/2021

On 22 April, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health published an implementation plan with the primary objective of reducing inequalities On 22 April, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health published an implementation plan with the primary objective of reducing inequalities related to the wellbeing, health and safety of people in different population and age groups in Finland. The plan includes a total of 144 measures due to be implemented by 2030.

The idea in the plan is to move the focus of activities to promoting people's wellbeing, health and safety and to support their ability to work and study as well as their functional capacity. It is essential to be able to prevent problems in advance.

In practice, this means that, in the coming years, the public, private and third sectors will increasingly work in cooperation to improve social inclusion, residents will be given better opportunities to have a say in matters concerning their living environment and leisure time activities, effective operating models will be introduced to outreach work aimed at older people, and new ways of improving the opportunities of civil society to exert influence will be developed.

Measures are required in all areas of society

The strategy has been prepared in broad cooperation with stakeholders. The implementation will also require the participation of all administrative branches and national, regional and local actors promoting wellbeing, health and safety.

The measures focus on four areas.

The measures will help to increase social inclusion and equality. At the same time, everyday environments will be developed from the point of view of wellbeing, health and safety. Likewise, people’s opportunities to engage in activities that promote wellbeing, health and safety will be increased, which also means they will have the right and opportunities to receive equal and high-quality services. The measures are also aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of decision-making. 

Advisory Board for Public Health will monitor the implementation

The implementation and monitoring of the implementation plan will be coordinated by the Advisory Board for Public Health. The plan will be updated together with stakeholders every year. At the beginning of the new government term, a more thorough update will be carried out in accordance with the priorities of the Government Programme.

The plan is related to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Finland.

Cross-administrative and broad-based preparation has been conducted to ensure that the measures included in the plan support the strategic goals of the Government Programme, ministries and different administrative branches. At the same time, the idea of the economy of wellbeing will be strengthened.

The implementation plan was published on 22 April in the webinar Kaikille lisää hyvinvointia, terveyttä ja turvallisuutta vuoteen 2030! on providing wellbeing, health and safety for everyone, organised by the Advisory Board for Public Health. Participants also heard examples of what the different administrative branches and stakeholders will do to promote wellbeing, health and safety.

Inquiries: 

Heli Hätönen, Ministerial Adviser, [email protected], tel. 029 51 63326
Mari Miettinen, Specialist, [email protected], tel. 029 51 63644