Sustainable development indicators

Sustainable development is a globally, regionally and locally ongoing process of continuous and targeted change in society. It aims at safeguarding the current and future generations with opportunities for a good life.This requires that the environment, people and the economy are equally taken into account in decision-making and activities.

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In Finland, sustainable development is promoted through society's commitment to sustainability. The commitment is part of the national implementation of the UN RIO+20 process. Different actors commit themselves to action in line with the objectives agreed on in society's commitment.

The state of sustainable development is followed by indicators. Finland has a long tradition in using indicators: the first set of sustainable development indicators was published in 2000. Finland has also participated actively in the development of international indicators and taken part in related projects carried out by the UN, the EU and the Nordic countries.

For indicators relating to the RIO+20 commitments, go to

Sustainable development indicators

Equal opportunities for well-being

Society of participating citizens

Sustainable work

Sustainable communities and local communities

Carbon-neutral society

Resource wise economy

Sustainable lifestyles

Respect for nature in decision-making