FORWARD TOGETHER– PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION MANIFESTO 2023

The election manifesto as a PDF

Introduction

Dear reader, Freedom is the most precious thing we have. This has especially been driven home to us after Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, it is a reminder that nothing can be taken for granted. Democracy, human rights and the rule of law must be protected every day. Ultimately it comes

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Feeling safe in everyday life

We are proud of the Nordic welfare state that Finland is and to whose construction SFP has contributed. In our Finland, we want people to be able to live safely, free from fear, violence and harassment. Assistance must be available every time you need it. Finland’s internal security needs reinforcing, however. We consider it important

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Working towards a responsible economic policy

The recent years have been difficult in many ways, posing challenges for the public economy both nationally and globally. Despite this, Finland has coped well. The Swedish People’s Party has consistently worked towards a responsible economic policy. Our public economy faces significant challenges. We must address our structural deficit and stop taking on debt. To

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Welfare is generated by entrepreneurship

Measures that support entrepreneurship and business ownership, as well as creating jobs will generate the growth that we need. Companies need predictability if they are to invest. The employment rate in Finland must be raised to at least 80 per cent. For this to happen, we must ensure that our companies have a sound environment

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Taxation must incentivise work and investments

SFP wants working always to be profitable. People must be left with more in hand when they work than when they don’t. Taxation on work must be lowered and the tax progression must not steepen further. Finland must be competitive when it comes to taxation. To attract investment and business establishment in Finland, our goal

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We want to see more people at work

The labour market is undergoing constant change, and employment legislation needs to keep up with this. For this to be possible, new ways of thinking are required among labour organisations and political decision-makers. Accepting a job must always be profitable. Working after retirement should also be incentivised. We want to allow local bargaining for all

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Finland should have the best schools in the world

High-quality education is one of the cornerstones of our society. We must have sufficient, competent personnel for our schools, day cares and afternoon clubs. We want all children to receive the support they need. Our early childhood education must guarantee equal opportunities for all children and we want as many children as possible to attend

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Finland as the world’s child-friendliest country

We want Finland to be the world’s child-friendliest country. Finland must continue to be a safe place in which to grow up. Finland’s policies have been successful in many respects. Our child mortality is low and all children have the subjective right to day care. To increase child wellbeing, we also want to ensure every

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Caring for our young

The last few years have been exceptionally tough, especially for young people. More and more children and adolescents are increasingly unwell. The Covid pandemic with its remote learning and reduced social contacts left marks that must be addressed. We want to formulate a youth package with cross-sector solutions to reinstate the wellbeing and mental health

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Health and wellbeing services close to you

Finland must have high-quality health care You must be able to receive care services close to where you are, regardless of your place of residence. Our aim is to have a system of named doctors and named nurses for senior citizens and persons with continuous care needs, because the ability to visit familiar care personnel

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It must be safe to be elderly

Everyone must have opportunities for living safe and active lives in their later years. The aged must receive the assistance and care they need. Home help and home nursing services must function well, and various forms of assisted living facilities must be available at a reasonable cost for those who can no longer live at

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We want all Finns to feel well

You have the right to feel safe and well while living in Finland, regardless of your background, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age and sexual orientation. We want to see concrete measures for helping the most vulnerable members of our society. It can be difficult to find one’s way in today’s fragmented social benefits jungle. Bureaucracy can

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Finland must implement proactive foreign and security policies

Today’s security policy situation is the most tense it has been since the Second World War. The risks that this implies must be taken seriously, and yet we must not turn inwards. In our increasingly insecure international circumstances, it is important for Finland to be a proactive global participator. Our security is reinforced by our

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Our shared Nordic region

Our opportunities for developing Nordic collaboration are better than they have been for a long time. Our NATO membership will automatically lead to increased defence cooperation, and now there are possibilities for increased Nordic collaboration within other sectors, too. A strong Nordic region that acts as one generates stability and helps to reinforce the rule

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The EU is important for Finland

The world order is shifting. Russia and China are striving to create spheres of influence. It is important for Finland and other democracies to join forces. SFP knows that the best way to make Finland’s voice heard is through the European Union. Finland must be a proactive and constructive actor within the EU. We must

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We fulfill our international duties

In our aid policy, we must promote the rule of law, democracy and the development good, open government. A functioning democracy, human rights and an active civil society are prerequisites for sustainable social development. In its future aid policy, Finland must emphasise the rights of girls and women, including their right to an education. Our

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We only have one planet

We must save the climate and biodiversity now We want Finland to be climate neutral by 2035. For this to happen, it is important to continue working on ambitious climate policy nationally, at the EU level and internationally. Global warming must be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Finland must be at the forefront when it

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Our competitiveness depends on research and a knowledgeable population

To cope with global competition, Finland must invest more in research and development. We suggest investing 4 per cent of our GDP in RDI, with public funding making up at least 1.3 per cent of GDP. We must promote even better collaboration between industry and commerce, higher education and growth company environments. One issue is

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Finland as a digital pioneer

Digitalisation is one of the puzzle pieces that make up a successful Finland and must be promoted across the public and private spheres. Investment is needed to reach the global forefront when it comes to digitalisation, and to attract private investment and top-level expertise to Finland. Digitalisation implies huge changes in how people carry out

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Bilingualism is an asset for Finland

We want to see a Finland where everyone can carry out their daily lives in our two national languages: Swedish and Finnish. SFP is the best champion of a dynamic, bilingual Finland. Our bilingualism must be fostered, ensuring it also works in practice. To ensure that the availability of services in both languages is secure

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A dynamic cultural sector and diverse exercise options create wellbeing

Culture, the arts and exercise play an important role in our society, boosting wellbeing and creating jobs. After the challenging Covid years, we must work to reinstate a blossoming cultural sector in our country. A dynamic and strong cultural sector enriches our lives and supports wellbeing. We want to see accessible and equal availability of

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We need proper infrastructure and good communications

Because Finland is a large country, it is important for our infrastructure – e.g. roads, railways, ports and airports – to be in good condition. We have a significant backlog of repairs to address. Even the minor road network needs enough resources. Proper communications are a prerequisite for a successful and competitive Finland. Functioning rail

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Cities form the core of our growth centres

We need dynamic cities, as well as a lively countryside. Finland has diverse types of cities and they must be developed based on their own strengths. We want to promote liveable cities and sustainable urban policy. Access to planned building plots is crucial for a functioning real estate market, so we want to make planning

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A stronger countryside assures our security of supply

Our politics must ensure that people can continue to live, work and feel well in rural areas and the archipelago. The Covid pandemic brought a swift rise in remote work. For areas with net emigration, remote work offers opportunities for turning the migration trend. Agriculture is undergoing an entirely unprecedented profitability crisis. Measures are needed

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