According to the Provincial population forecast, mainland Finland will have only three growing provinces by 2040

According to our province-specific population forecast, the provinces that will continue to grow up to 2040 in mainland Finland are Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa and Varsinais-Suomi. The biggest relative winner in the comparison is Åland. The MDI forecast shows a regional development trend based on assumptions derived from developments during the 2015-2018 period.

According to the MDI forecast, the population of Uusimaa will increase by 293 000 during the forecast period. The combined populations of Pirkanmaa, Southwest Finland and Åland will also grow by some 35 500 inhabitants. Thus, the provinces of the three largest urban districts show the most favourable results, with the smallest provincial counties increasingly challenged by their age structures.

Future demographic trends will increase regional segregation between the different parts of the country and even between the provinces. Positive demographic trends will in the future be predominantly focused on the growth triangle (e.g. Kanta-Häme) and Åland. International migration is the main contributor to regional population growth. The number of people over the age of 65 is increasing in all provinces while the number of children in all provinces is decreasing with the exception of Åland.

For more details see www.mdi.fi/ennuste2040.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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