Demographic changes challenge the sustainability of our society – and this understanding needs to guide all our policies  

The Strategic Research DEMOGRAPHY-programme information package gathers together the key facts and issues on demographic change that should be taken into consideration in decision-making.

Demographic changes challenge the sustainability of our society.

Finland is in a period of major demographic change. The population is ageing rapidly and the number of people of working age is declining. The decline in birth rates is accelerating this change even more, and regional disparities are becoming more visible.

The share of foreign-born people in the population is also growing and, as such, in the future society will be more culturally and ethnically diverse. Immigration can improve Finland’s economic dependency ratio – but only if the majority of immigrants are employed.

These are fundamental changes that will affect society as a whole as well as our daily lives, says.

Programme Director Susan Kuivalainen

Questions regarding demography affect all policy areas

Preparing for change is essential to maintain the social and economic sustainability of our societies. Demographic issues impact all policy areas and sectors. The policy implications of demographic change are however often overlooked because responsibility for this issue is diffuse with no specific institutional or organisational actor tasked, primarily, to address it. 

The Population should be the starting point for decision-making in all policies.

Susan Kuivalainen

The research projects within the DEMOGRAPHY-programme have put together an information package to help decision-makers. The package summarises the key facts on demographic change highlighting the issues that should be taken into account in future decision-making.

It is important for decision-makers to understand the causes of demographic change so that they can make the necessary decisions.

Susan Kuivalainen

Get acquainted with the information package

And follow the SRC DEMOGRAPHY-programme projects

The projects under the Strategic Research DEMOGRAPHY-programme explore demographic change and produce concrete solutions to influence and adapt to it.

Family formation in Flux – Causes, Consequences and Possible Futures (FLUX) 

Life course and economic implications of demographic change (LIFECON) 

Diversity, Trust, and Two-Way Integration (MobileFutures) 

Social networks, fertility and wellbeing in ageing populations (NetResilience)  

Economic and social sustainability across time and space in an ageing society (SustAgeable)