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Voluntary work in rural areas

Updated 2.2.2023

Voluntary work is a Finnish tradition, particularly in rural areas. It is often a crucial factor when organising various events and maintaining different recreational activities.

Voluntary work related to non-profit investment projects can be supported by means of agricultural project funding.

In 2015-2021 voluntary work in projects has been done 2 931 839 hours.

Below this page is a table showing the number of voluntary work hours of supported development projects by ELY centres (situation on 31st December).

Supported voluntary work

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Description of the indicator

This indicator measures an increase in social capital and communal aspects in rural areas. 

Information about the amount of supported voluntary work in rural areas during the ongoing EU programme period can be obtained from the project database of the Finnish Food Authority.

This is one of the national impact indicators of the 2014–2020 Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland.

The indicator will next be updated in spring 2023.