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Civic Space Scan of Finland

At the global level, civic space is narrowing and thus efforts to protect and promote it are more important than ever. The OECD defines Civic Space as the set of legal, policy, institutional, and practical conditions necessary for non-governmental actors to access information, express themselves, associate, organise, and participate in public life. This document presents the Civic Space Scan of Finland, which was undertaken at the request of the Finnish government and is the first OECD report of its kind. OECD Civic Space Scans in particular assess how governments protect and promote civic space in each national context and propose ways to strengthen existing frameworks and practices. The Scan assesses four key dimensions of civic space: civic freedoms and rights, media freedoms and digital rights, the enabling environment for civil society organisations, and civic participation in policy and decision making. Each respective chapter of the report contains actionable recommendations for the Government of Finland. As part of the scan process, a citizens’ panel – also overseen by the OECD – was held in February 2021 and generated a wide range of recommendations for the government from a representative microcosm of Finnish society.

Published on June 16, 2021

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Executive summary
Introduction to civic space in Finland
The OECD approach to civic space
Civic freedoms and rights in Finland
Media freedoms and digital rights in Finland
The enabling environment for civil society organisations in Finland
Civic participation in Finland
Recommendations
List of interviewees and substantive inputs
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