MDI analyses sub-regions of Finland

MDI carried out a statistical analysis of the vitality and attractiveness of 55 Finnish sub-regions on the basis of the sub-regional network and the SEUTU program. The group is called T55-cities. The common thread of the analysis is the position, the role and importance of sub-regions in field of Finnish regional development and urban policy. According to the analysis, there is more distinctive than connecting factors between the sub-regions. In particular, the differences in employment and business dynamics are considerable. In 12 sub-regions the employment rate exceeded 70 % already in 2016, while in the four sub-regions the employment rate was even below 60 %. The vitality of the sub-regions is eaten away by two factors: negative population and job development. Only four sub-regions had positive demographic growth between 2010-2017. The report presents the results of vitality and attraction analysis based on statistical analysis and a series of proposals for the development of sub-regions. Download the full analysis here.

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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