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Statistics on young people

1 192 917 young people aged 13–30 lived in Finland 31.12.2007. This is 22.5 percent of the total population. Of these were 583 140 women (11.0 percent of the total population) and 609 777 men (11.5 percent of the total population ).

Actors and Structures

Public authorities - National public authorities

Ministry in charge of youth affairs is Ministry of Education (opetusministeriö).

In the Ministry of Education The Youth Policy Division prepares matters relating to young people, drafts national development plans, and coordinates youth policy in the central government. 11 people work in the youth department

Youth councils

Youth Co-operation Allianssi

Finnish Youth Co-operation Allianssi, is a national youth council – an interest organisation with some 100 member organisations, including nearly all national youth, interest, hobby and political organisations, as well as other youth work partners and professionals. Its purpose is to support the growth and civic activities of young people and to develop young people's living conditions.

National Programmes on youth

The policy programme for the well-being of children, youth and families launched by Prime Minister Vanhanen's second Cabinet is divided into three area: a child-oriented society, well-being families and prevention of social exclusion. http://www.minedu.fi/lapset_nuoret_perheet/?lang=en

The Youth Policy Development Programme 2007-2011 is a national application of the European Youth Pact.

The development programme contains the national objectives for youth policy and it provides guidelines for youth policy programme work at the provincial and local levels. According to the Youth Act a young person is anyone under the age of 29 years. In practice this implies that the youth policy programme is also concerned with small children.

The aim of the programme is to turn Finland into a friendlier place for children and young people. The Programme is based on the life-cycle approach according to which a human life-cycle is seen as continuum from early childhood to increasingly independent youth and adulthood. The aim is to cross administrative borders and to promote multi-disciplinary co-operation at a local level. One strategic focus is providing an increasingly forceful presence in various transitions, changes and crises in life. This aim is supported by the evaluation of the effects decision-making has in the lives of children and families.

Action plans i.e. official strategies

  • The Finnish Government's Child and Youth Policy Programme 2007-2011
  • Children, Youth and Families Government Policy Programme The policy programmes, as set out in the Government Programme, cover broad-based intersectoral issues to ensure the attainment of the Government’s key objectives. The policy programme for the well-being of children, youth and families launched by Prime Minister Vanhanen's second Cabinet is divided into three areas; a child-oriented society, well-being families and prevention of social exclusion. Gender equality and multicultural aspects are cross-cutting themes that are brought to force in each area and action of the policy programme.

(Source: Youth Partnership – Council of Europe, European Commission)