Social inequality

Inequality is a global problem and a challenge in Finland as well. Growing inequality is a particular challenge to socially sustainable development, but it also impacts other dimensions of sustainability.

Equality is manifested in many ways in the society: income disparities, health, social exclusion, wellbeing and life satisfaction experiences, education, and faith in the future. The factors behind inequality may be an outcome of long-term trends or caused by unexpected, sudden events. The dimensions of inequality are also closely linked to each other and impact on matters such as peace in society, as well as human wellbeing, economy and employment. 

Indicators chosen by the network of experts

  1. Income disparities (Gini coefficient, low income rate, income development in the lowest and highest 10th percentile)
  2. Numbers and regional distribution of beneficiaries of basic social assistance
  3. Satisfaction with life among young adults (aged 18 to 25)
  4. Numbers of quota refugees and asylum seekers/positive decisions on asylum applications

Linkage to the objectives of Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development

Equal prospects for well-being
A participatory society for citizens
Sustainable employment
Sustainable society and local communities