MDI’s own municipal survey 2020: Ostrobothnia is number one in terms of vitality while faith in the future can be found all across Finland

In October-November, we conducted a nationwide municipal survey for the sixth time. With the survey, we gathered the views of municipal decision-makers and senior officials on their municipality’s future.

In the summary, we compiled the ratings in respect of municipal vitality policy for all of mainland Finland as well as ratings relating to their development prospects. We will publish the entire results package and interactive Tableau visualisations in early 2021. A summary and reports from previous years (in Finnish) can be found at mdi.fi/kuntakysely.

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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