Three paths of the programme

In the Rural Parliament we throw ourselves into a search for solutions and new ideas to find alternatives to the present development paths. The programme is divided into three paths. The participants can choose whether they wish to follow the content of just one path or to gather information and tools from different paths.

What we aim for is a sustainable future

In the Rural Parliament the focus is on the future. We wish to act for a better future in a way that is more sustainable. In particular, the Rural Parliament wants to give a voice to young people in the countryside and improve dialogue between people of different ages. The cross-cutting themes for 2021 are young people and sustainable development. The aim is to enhance knowledge and understanding and stimulate discussion on the future of the countryside. Together we can achieve more!

Three paths take us forward

Programme along the way:

1. Smart countryside capable of renewing itself over time. How can the rural areas renew themselves over time and create opportunities for Finland as a whole?

2. Good life and smart adaptation. How can we create more wellbeing with the diminishing resources?

3. Just transition and a carbon-smart countryside. How can we ensure a just transition to a carbon-neutral society that cherishes biodiversity?

Each path offers a comprehensive package of information.

The events will be organised virtually and in multiple locations. This will allow us to offer a participatory programme of high quality, with events ranging from exchange of information and virtual workshops to interesting policy discussions. In addition to these, there will be other multi-local programme items, briefings and other events.

What we will offer is a diverse programme full of great experiences - you can decide which opportunities you wish to grasp.

The three paths of the programme and the questions included in these have been explained in more detail below.

Path 1. Smart countryside capable of renewing itself over time

How can rural areas renew themselves over time and create opportunities for Finland as a whole?

This path seeks answers to the question how the countryside should renew itself so that there will be enough competent people of different ages in rural areas, also in the future. At the same time, we should strengthen the means to ensure that the role of viable rural areas is better understood in our nation.

The focus is to have more information on topics such as:

  • Smart rural areas, villages and communities
  • Competitive advantages of rural areas and smart specialisation.
  • New local “sex appeal” of rural areas and the importance of locality
  • Opportunities offered by multi-locality and digitalisation

Path 2. Good life and smart adaptation

How can we create more wellbeing with the diminishing resources?

In this path solutions are sought to how sustainable everyday living and a good life in general in rural areas can be ensured in an age-friendly manner, and how the ability of different locations to attract and retain residents can be increased.

In this path you may get more information on topics such as:

  • How the different dimensions and opportunities of wellbeing look in practice to people of different ages
  • Local democracy, how can we involve people in a genuine and age-friendly manner
  • How can the differences between locations and their resources be taken into account and, through this, how can their ability to attract and retain residents be increased

Path 3. Just transition and a carbon-smart countryside

How can we ensure a just transition to a carbon-neutral society that cherishes biodiversity?

The key questions in this path are how a carbon neutral-economy that preserves biodiversity can be created in rural areas and how we can support local economies and sustainable everyday living in the countryside. What is the impact of policies in different areas and do the conditions exist for a regionally just transition?

The topics in this path include:

  • Our relationship to food and the building blocks of the new food system
  • Biodiversity, our relationship to nature and forests, clean solutions and local economies
  • Sustainable everyday living in Finland with its long distances, sparsely populated areas and multi-locality