Local Welfare Systems in Rural Finland as a Representation of Sustainable Development
Rantamäki, N., & Kattilakoski, M. (2017). Local Welfare Systems in Rural Finland as a Representation of Sustainable Development. In A.-L. Matthies, & K. Närhi (Eds.), The Ecosocial Transition of Societies : The Contribution of Social Work and Social Policy (pp. 174-189). Routledge.
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This chapter will discuss whether the place-based approach to welfare that is characteristic of many rural locations in Finland provides a path towards a new kind of socially, economically and ecologically sustainable welfare culture. In doing so we will review how the local welfare systems in two Finnish rural localities – the village of Ullava in western Finland and the municipality of Ilomantsi in eastern Finland – are constructed and functioning and how they meet the requirements of sustainable development.