A pioneer in climate and the environment
We want Finland to be a pioneer in questions related to the climate and the environment. Finland strives to be climate neutral in 2035. To curb climate change and preserve biodiversity, we must adopt a wide range of measures on many different levels. Many municipalities are frontrunners in finding climate solutions that are adapted to regional conditions and support sustainable trade and industry as well as climate-smart jobs in the municipality.
We want to promote climate-smart development. Municipalities play a crucial role in Finland’s climate targets and their achievement. The use of renewable energy must be encouraged and that of fossil fuels phased out, especially in heating.
Sustainability must be promoted in zoning and construction, as concerns construction material as well as energy consumption. We must build with the future in mind and ensure that there are adequate resources for maintenance. We want to see more wood construction in municipalities in order to reduce our climate stress.
Municipal procurement is an important tool in climate efforts, for example, to promote climate-smart solutions and local production.
We want traffic emissions to be halved by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. We want to increase the number of charging stations for electric cars and refuelling stations for biogas cars, as well as promote a parking policy that supports climate-friendly cars.
We want more and more people to use sustainable means of transport. We want to ensure good connections, good traffic planning and vehicle-free areas.
We promote well-functioning public transport and a variety of mobility services – life without a car must be easy, especially in cities.
Well-functioning public transport means routes connecting suburbs to the city centre as well as cross-city routes. Regional traffic linking central cities and smaller municipalities further away must be developed. Stops must provide cover from the weather.
Fast and reliable network connections improve conditions for remote work and support the digital competitiveness of the whole country. This also applies to the archipelago and rural areas. Good network connections call for cooperation between the state, municipalities and various network operators.
The Baltic Sea is threatened by eutrophication and climate change. We strive to reduce the load on it, for example by enhancing wastewater treatment and increasing the recycling of nutrients.
We want municipalities to address the decline in biodiversity by targeting adequate resources for spreading information and supporting voluntary environment protection measures.
As part of persistent climate efforts, we want municipalities to focus on reducing unnecessary waste in their operations. This calls for well-functioning waste recovery, reuse and treatment, including an adequate number of collection points.
Well-run economy and business
Swedish-speaking basic education is one of the cornerstones of a bilingual Finland. High-quality early childhood education lays the foundation for a thriving society. Finland’s success is based on good and equal education. Schools must have access to adequate resources. The SFP works for a school environment that emphasises both learning and well-being.
All children have the right to participate in high-quality early childhood education. This right cannot depend on the home district or the parents’ employment. We want language learning in the other national language to begin in early childhood education.
All children and young people have the right to a safe school free of bullying. We must continue our efforts against bullying and increase resources targeted at preventing all forms of it.
Teaching and education must be equal and free from rigid gender norms.
Pupil welfare is growing in importance, and we want to ensure that schools can offer support in the form of school psychologists, pupil welfare officers and adequate resources for pupil and study guidance.
We need well-functioning morning and afternoon care that provides diverse activities both indoors and outdoors.
We want children to have access to hobbies in connection with their school day.
The school must be based on contact teaching. Distance education can function as a complement, on special grounds. Both contact and distance education must be provided sustainably and equally. Every child must have access to good teaching materials – whether traditional or digital.
Diverse language education must begin in preschool. We want more and more children to have access to language immersion and language showers.
The school environment and the way to school must be safe to all. We promote healthy school buildings that offer cosy, enjoyable and engaging environments for learning.
Cooperation between vocational education and workplaces is important, but a good balance between on-the-job learning and theoretical teaching must be ensured.
We will continue to invest in high-quality upper secondary education in Swedish and Finnish.
We will allocate more resources to vocational education in order to raise its quality and attractiveness in all our regions.
The best school
The economies of municipalities are strained, and the coronavirus pandemic has further exacerbated the situation. We wish to emphasise the importance of our values under these difficult economic conditions. A well-managed municipal economy provides the best possible conditions for smooth daily operations in the municipality. Municipalities play a key role in the health and social services reform but also in the creation of the foremost operating conditions for local businesses and industry.
We want cooperation between municipalities and trade and industry to be smooth to ensure the best possible conditions for investment and entrepreneurial activities. Robust primary industries create employment and generate added value both locally and nationally. Municipalities led by the Swedish People’s Party of Finland often enjoy a better employment situation than many others. The good work put in so far must have the chance to continue.
To boost employment, we must adopt measures on various levels. Municipal employment services must work effectively so that job-seekers get job offers as quickly as possible.
As concerns municipal and real estate tax, we support a moderate tax policy that prevents the levels of taxation from rising too high.
We believe that zoning and land use should support the founding of companies and the development of trade and industry.
We strive for smarter and more sustainable procurement. Procurement must increasingly emphasise quality criteria, take climate stress into account and allow partial tenders. It should be natural that our food is produced responsibly.
Municipalities must be good employers. Municipal employees are an important resource. We must look after their well-being and occupational health.
We wish to secure municipalities’ ability to make considerable investments in growth.
We want to promote smart cities and municipalities. Municipalities must open doors for innovation.
We want to strengthen cooperation between companies in municipalities and ideally in entire regions.
We want municipalities to actively promote work-related immigration.
We want to ensure that higher education policies take into account the municipalities’ and regions’ long-term needs for competence and workforce.