Rural development programmes

The website is a website for rural Finland and a window into rural development in this unique country. It features key organisations working in rural development, and provides information about work being done to maintain the vitality of the Finnish countryside.

This work is based on two parallel programmes: the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland and the Rural Development Programme for the Åland Islands. The programme for the mainland is run by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, who also run the website. The programme for Åland is administered by the Åland's autonomous regional government.

These wide-ranging programmes provide a variety of tools that can be used by all kinds of stakeholders to promote rural development. This work involves farmers, rural enterprises, rural residents and their organisations, as well as Leader Local Action Groups (LAGs) and ultimately everyone interested in the future of the Finnish countryside.

Rural development work is based on the principle that the well-being of rural Finland is vital and beneficial for the whole country.