National level administration

Several ministries and other public sector actors are responsible for creating favourable conditions for adapted physical activity (APA) and disability sport in Finland. The Ministry of Education and Culture has the main responsible for the overall management, coordination and development of APA. This work is carried out in cooperation with a range of different sectors and actors. This site contains information on national level sport, physical activity APA administration.

Ministry of Education and Culture

The Ministry of Education and Culture is one of the twelve ministries that together with the ministers heading them form the Finnish Government. The Ministry of Education and Culture participates in the work of the Government by planning, outlining and implementing its policies.

The Ministry prepares acts, decrees and decisions, and it is also responsible for the preparation of matters related to the use of budget funds. The Ministry is responsible for ensuring that the political decision-makers have all the necessary information at their disposal when making decisions.

The Ministry also guides the activities within its administrative branch. The appropriations for the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education and Culture are approximately EUR 6.8 billion in 2017.

The mandate of the Ministry of Education and Culture covers sports. The Ministry of is responsible for the overall management, coordination and development of the national sports policy, and for the creation of favourable conditions for engaging in physical activity. The work is carried out in cooperation with a range of different sectors.

The Ministry stresses the importance of the health and wellbeing of the population. The Ministry also emphasises the role sport and physical activity play in strengthening civil society and inclusion. The Ministry supports ethically sustainable performance sports that seek to achieve international success.

The Ministry of Education and Culture creates favourable conditions for everyday exercise, recreational sports and physical activity that promote health and wellbeing. The goal is to encourage people of all ages to stay healthy by getting enough exercise. The Ministry funds sports (for example municipalities and sport sector organisations) from the proceeds of gaming activities and budget funding.

Website: www.minedu.fi/en/sports-and-physical-activity

National Sports Council and Division for Equal Opportunities and Gender Equality

National Sports Council, a panel of experts, is assisting the Ministry of Culture and Education in sport and physical activity issues. The Council is the appointed by the Government for the duration of the parliamentary term.

The Council is called upon

  1. to address major issues of fundamental importance related to sports and physical activity
  2. evaluate the impact of government action in the field of sports and physical activity
  3. submit initiatives and make proposals to develop sports and physical activity
  4. issue opinions on the allocation of state appropriations for sports and physical activity within its purview.

The Council includes three sections responsible for the preparation of the issues to be addressed: (1) Research and Evaluation Division, (2) Division for Equal Opportunities and Gender Equality and (3) Foresight Division. Adapted physical activity issues are mainly part of the action of Division for Equal Opportunities and Gender Equality.

Website (in Finnish): www.liikuntaneuvosto.fi

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is in charge of the planning, steering and implementation of social and health policy. The goal of the Ministry is to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to lead a healthy and socially secure life.

The ministry’s job is to

  1. promote the population's good health and functional capacity
  2. promote healthy working and living environments
  3. ensure that there are sufficient social and health services
  4. ensure that people have an adequate income at various stages in life
  5. promote gender equality

The administrative sector of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is wide-ranging. Its responsibilities include:

  • promoting wellbeing and health
  • social and health services
  • social insurance (pensions, health insurance and unemployment benefits)
  • private insurance
  • occupational health and safety
  • gender equality.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Education and Culture are cooperating in promoting health-enhancing physical activity. Ministries are coordinating the steering group for physical activity promoting health that has drafted "On the move" - National strategy for physical activity promoting health and wellbeing 2020. Physical activity that promotes health and wellbeing also enhances the functional capacity of people needing special assistance due to a disability or illness.

Website: www.stm.fi/en/frontpage

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