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Existence of a national strategy to increase young people's political and civil society participation
The Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme sets goals to develop and improve listening to and dialogue with children and young people, and their opportunities to participate (for more information, visit: Youth Wiki/Finland: 1.3 National Youth Strategy).
The National Democracy Programme 2025 has been published in spring 2020 (see more information Youth Wiki/Finland 5.10 Current debates and reforms). It contains objectives of democratic policy including measures concerning young people. It highlights the role of civic/democratic education as well as the need to co-operate with children and young people during decision-making processes.
According to the National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme the objective is that: “Young people receive more opportunities for participation in decision-making and exerting influence.” And further: “Young people feel that they are being heard and have better opportunities to be involved in making decisions on issues that interest and affect them also at national level, and that every municipality has a youth council or a similar youth advocacy group available for young people. Participation and being heard have increased young people’s experiences of belonging to and being included in society, which has also reduced the attractiveness of belonging to extremist movements.”
As previously mentioned in Youth Wiki/Finland: 1.3 National Youth Strategy, according to the Youth Act the Ministry of Education and Culture is primarily responsible authority that implements the National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme in conjunction with various other ministries, such as Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and Ministry of the Environment.
As mentioned in Youth Wiki/Finland: 1.3 National Youth Strategy, the State Youth Council attached to the Ministry of Education and Culture has a statutory duty to annually review the implementation of the Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme.
Revisions and updates are described in Youth Wiki/Finland: 1.3 National Youth Strategy.