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 four 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. 

Partnership Agreement

RDP information

National Rural Network

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
FI-60101, Seinäjoki
Finland
Telephone: 00358 40 5454016

Email: info@maaseutu.fi

Contact persons:

Teemu Hauhia (Director): teemu.hauhia@maaseutu.fi
Pirjo Onikki (Network Coordinator): 
pirjo.onikki@maaseutu.fi​
Sinikka Torssonen (Information Officer): sinikka.torssonen@maaseutu.fi
Juha-Matti Markkola (Network Expert): juha-matti.markkola@maaseutu.fi
Joel Karlsson (Network Expert): joel.karlsson@maaseutu.fi
Lauri Hyttinen (Network Expert): lauri.hyttinen@maaseutu.fi

RDP information

RDP documents
Managing Authority

Maa- ja metsätalousministeriö /Jord- och skogsbrukministeriet (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
Hallituskatu 3 A, Helsinki
PL 30, 00023 Valtioneuvosto
Finland
Telephone: 00358 295 16 001
Fax: 00358 9 160 54202

Email: kirjaamo@mmm.fi

Websitewww.mmm.fi

Paying Agency

Maaseutuvirasto / Landsbygdsverket (Agency for Rural Affairs)
PO Box 405
FI-60101, Seinäjoki
Finland
Telephone: 00358 295 31 2000
Fax: 00358 295 31 2201

Email: info@mavi.fi

Websitewww.mavi.fi

RDP information

RDP documents
Managing Authority

Ahvenanmaan maakuntahallitus / Ålands Landskapsregeringen (Government of Åland)
Självstyrelsegården
Strandgatan 37
Mariehamn
Finland
Telephone: 00358 18 25000
Fax: 00358 18 19155

Email: registrator@regeringen.ax

Websitewww.regeringen.ax

Paying Agency

Maaseutuvirasto / Landsbygdsverket (Agency for Rural Affairs)
PO Box 405
FI-60101, Seinäjoki
Finland
Telephone: 00358 295 31 2000
Fax: 00358 295 31 2201

Email: info@mavi.fi

Websitewww.mavi.fi