Rural development within the context of agricultural and socio-economic trends – the case of Finland

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Rural development within the context of agricultural and socio-economic trends – the case of Finland

The aim of this article is to explore the relationship between agricultural and socio-economic development in Finnish rural areas (later expressed as rural development) since 1995. The statistical analyses being employed are mainly based on municipal (i.e. LAU-2 level) income, employment and population indicators. The results show that agricultural and rural development and the relationship between them vary remarkably between regions. In addition, the regional structures and developments of agriculture and their links to rural development are multidimensional. In general, it can be stated that there is no significant correlation between agricultural and rural development. The results of this study support the demand for tailor-made agricultural and rural development policy for different rural regions.

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