Rural Development in Finland is managed on a decentralised basis by the main administrative regions of the country through two Rural Development Programmes (RDPs): Mainland and Åland. The RDPs are funded under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and national contributions. The RDPs set out priority approaches and actions to meet the needs of the specific geographical area they cover.
Find relevant information on the two RDPs below;
Explore EAFRD-supported projects in Finland;
Browse through the Local Action Groups (LAGs) in Finland.
Rural development funding through the EAFRD is part of a broader framework of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), including also Regional Development, Social, Cohesion, and Fisheries Funds. These are managed nationally, by each EU Member State, on the basis of Partnership Agreements, strategic plans outlining the country’s goals and investment priorities.
NRNs operate in each EU Member State to support and enhance rural development objectives, enable and facilitate exchange and learning between all the partners involved in policy implementation.
The operation of each NRN is supported by a Network Support Unit (NSU) tasked with coordinating thematic and analytic work, facilitating networking and exchange, and communicating the work and voices of the network.
Contact the Finnish NSU
Maaseutuverkostopalvelut / Landsbygdsnätverkstjänster (Rural Network Support Unit of Finland)
PO Box 405
Telephone: 00358 40 5454016
Teemu Hauhia (Director):
Pirjo Onikki (Network Coordinator):
Sinikka Torssonen (Information Officer):
Juha-Matti Markkola (Network Expert):
Tuomas Metsäniemi (Network Expert):
Salla Pätilä (Network Expert):