Successful rural policy
The Finnish model of rural policy has been quite successful in achieving coherence among sectoral policies oriented to rural areas and in tailoring specific programmes to promote rural development.This is one of the main conclusions of the OECD Rural Policy Review on Finland. Presenting the review, Mr Nicola Crosta, Head of OECDís Rural Development Unit, said Finlandís Rural Policy Committee has played a crucial role in the governance of rural policy, bringing together diverse actors and advocating for rural communities in Finland.
Key priorities for the future include the delivery of
public services to the ageing and dispersed population
more equitably and efficiently, enhancing the competitiveness of the growing number of non-farm related rural firms, and improving the business environment in rural areas by fully utilising their abundant natural amenities.
Finland is one of the most rural countries within the
OECD and it is also one of the early adopters of a multisectoral approach to rural policy. The review offers a unique look at how Finnish rural policy has evolved since the initial recommendations given in 1995.
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