Towards a more sustainable multi-local Finland

The COVID-19 crisis brought remote work  into the everyday life of Finns at a rapid pace this spring. While some went straight to telecommuting, the initial multi-locality of others, i.e. the composition of everyday habitats from several different places and the movement between them, has been curtailed due to the government’s exceptional circumstances legislation.

Multi-locality has long been an integral part of the Finnish way of life, for example cottage life, commuting, teleworking and part-time housing. There is however little comprehensive information on multi-locality while the various available registers and statistics fail to adequately capture the phenomenon. Therefore, the Prime Minister’s Office has commissioned the Sompa research project on the current state, sustainability, future and control of multi-locality to support the Government’s decision-making. We are implementing the project together with the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute Finland.

The aim of the study is to serve, in particular, the preparation of state statute, planning and guidance of regional development in various sectors to combat the disadvantages of polarising regional development and to support sustainable rural-urban interaction. The Sompa project provides an overview of the current state of multi-locality, encourages possibilities for its future development and produces effective policy recommendations, incentives and suggestions for instruments that can be used to promote sustainable multi-locality. In addition to statistical data and previous research data, the study also utilises anonymised mobile data and participatory workshops.

A sustainable green transition is achieved by investing in the diversity of RDI activities – the AGDA project continues to work on this theme

AGDA is a Nordic development project funded by the Nordic Gender Equality Fund (NIKK). The project focuses on the opportunities that a greater focus on diversity and inclusion could create in the RDI-field, particularly in respect of green transition.

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MDI leads the co-creative process of developing, piloting and sharing practices for wellbeing in Sustainable Cities

The challenge bundle work is the cross-cutting co-development of the “Sustainable City” programme, co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, with the aim of producing and sharing information, knowledge and solutions to the challenges linking cities’ management and practice in the area of leading work towards sustainability. The work produces concrete development measures, new ways of doing things and peer learning.

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A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?

Although remote working and place-independent work have already been examined extensively from both the public administration implications and individual perspectives,…

Read more A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?