Investing in Youth: Finland

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The series Investing in Youth builds on the expertise of the OECD on youth employment, social support and skills. It covers both OECD countries and key emerging economies. The report on Finland presents new results from a comprehensive analysis of the situation of young people in Finland, exploiting various sources of survey-based and administrative data. It provides a detailed assessment of education, employment and social policies in Finland from an international perspective, and offers tailored recommendations to help improve the school-to-work transition. Earlier reviews in the same series have looked at youth policies in Brazil (2014), Latvia and Tunisia (2015), Australia, Lithuania and Sweden (2016), Japan (2017), Norway (2018) and Peru (2019).


Assessment and recommendations

The Finnish economy is recovering from a decade of serious economic shocks. In addition to the global economic crisis of 2008‑09, the country faced major difficulties in the electronic and forest industries and was affected by a severe recession in neighbouring Russia. A wide range of structural reforms and an ambitious competitiveness programme helped weather the impact of those shocks and the economy re-gained strong momentum in 2016, with an average GDP growth of 2.6% between 2016 and 2018.

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