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FINLAND FUTURES RESEARCH CENTRE

Turku School of Economics and

Business Administration

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Finland Futures Research Centre

  • Is jointly founded by Turku’s three universities 1992. It is an auxiliary unit of the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration. The Centre has offices in Turku, Helsinki and Tampere.
  • Personnel: 40-45 depending on project situation (2004-2005)
  • Number of different development, education and research projects is 52 (in September 2005)
  • Organization structure: Director and executive board with seven members
    • Goal is to form research groups under main themes of action
focus areas of the centre
Focus areas of the Centre
  • Foresight
  • Visionary management and strategic planning
  • Creative economy and cultural research
  • Environmental research
  • Basic research and methodology development in futures research
  • Education and training
    • Finland Futures Academy
    • Masters programme
    • Graduate School
    • Future Focus
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Committee for

the Future (Parliament of Finland)

National and

regional foresight

units

Finland Futures

Research Centre

FUTURES STUDIESAND FORESIGHTIN FINLAND

Millennium

Project: Helsinki

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Finnish Association

for the Club of

Rome

Finnish Society for

Futures Studies

Finland Futures

Academy

the features of southwest finland
The features of Southwest Finland
  • 54 municipalities and 5 sub-regions with 453 000 inhabitants (8,5 % of the whole population of Finland)
  • Strongly concentrated in every way in Turku sub-region
  • The most industrialized region in Finland; at the same time still strong agricultural production and processing
  • ICT-sector developed rapidly in the 1990’s
  • Considerable inputs in biotechnology from mid 1990’s in Turku sub-region
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The features of Southwest Finland
  • Human capital
    • 24 % of over 15 year olds have a higher education degree (in 2002)
    • 21 000 students in the universities
    • 10 000 students in the polytechnics
    • 12 500 students in secondary education units
  • Regional weakness: No technical university
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The features of Southwest Finland
  • Innovativeness
    • Expenditure in R&D in 20013 607 M€ (12 % of Finland’s whole expenditure)
    • 6 % of the Finnish patent applications has come from this region during 1998-2002
    • 18 000 jobs in the information sector in 2003 (8 % of the whole country)
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The features of Southwest Finland
  • Concentration
    • Net immigration to the region from other regions and abroad (mainly to Turku and Salo sub-regions)
    • 23 % of the jobs in secondary sector (19 % in the whole country)
    • Biggest growth industries during the last few years by employed persons have been wholesale and retail trade, hotels and restaurants and business services
    • Strong sub-regional differences (e.g. 61 % work in ICT-sector in Salo sub-region, in half of the municipalities 15-25 % of the work force work in the primary sector)
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The features of Southwest Finland
  • Infrastructure
    • Quite a good road network, investments in motorways
    • International harbors
    • International airport
    • Lots of cultural heritage sites, buildings, landscapes
    • Land use: 60 (80) % in forestry, 30 (7) % in agriculture, 7,5 % built land
    • Dependent on electricity import
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The features of Southwest Finland
  • Enterprises
    • 39 % in service sector, 22 % in wholesale and retail trade, 14 % in construction, 13 % in manufacturing and 13 % in other sectors.
    • ICT-sector diminished in terms of export value in 2002 after 10 years of growth
    • Investments in biotechnology from 1990’s especially in Turku sub-region
    • Growth is expected in business services, welfare services (especially for older people), ICT- content production and cultural production
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The features of Southwest Finland
  • Institutions
    • Three universities: University of Turku (15 000 students), Åbo Akademie University (6600) and Turku School of Economics and Business Administration (2000).
    • Two polytechnics with 10 500 students
    • Sub-regional development centres
    • Turku Science Park
    • Regional Council of Southwest Finland
    • Employment and Economic Development Centre
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The features of Southwest Finland
  • The quality of nature and living environment
  • The overall state of the nature is fairly good
  • Large archipelago as a recreation area
  • Pressures to build the shores and coast lines
  • Eutrophication has effected the quality of water system
  • City of Turku and its surroundings are a regional growth centre in which services are concentrated, small municipalities cannot guarantee same level of services
  • Municipalities differ from each other in terms of economic success, but they are more successful in southwestern Finland than in the average in the whole country
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The features of Southwest Finland
  • Development networks
    • Networking has increased during the last ten years in regional development (public-public and public-private partnerships)
    • Organizational, structural and mental rigidities hinder the optimal use of networks
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    • Several regional advantages: Recreation possibilities (especially in the Turku archipelago), international universities, human capital, cultural history heritage and historical sites etc.
contact information
Contact information
  • Dr. (Soc. Sc.), Director Juha Kaskinen
  • Finland Futures Research Centre / Finland Futures Academy
  • Turku School of Economics and Business Administration
  • Rehtorinpellonkatu 3 20500 Turku, Finland
  • Tel. +358 2 4814 599; Mob. +358 40 5439 645; Fax +358 4814 630 juha.kaskinen@tukkk.fi
  • www.tukkk.fi/tutu