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Creative industries

The creative economy refers to the economic added value generated by creative expertise and creative industries for the entire national economy. Creativity and the ability to attract creative people have become a key factor in societal development, innovation activity and competition between regions.

Creativity entails the ability to integrate imagination with existing knowledge and competence, in order to develop products and services. Design of demand-driven products and services, mainstreaming of digitalisation in business, and the growing role of design and conceptualisation in business, are increasing the need for creative expertise in all lines of business and industry. Creative expertise and business based on trade in copyright serve as the drivers of the creative economy.

Challenges to developing the creative economy can be found in the operating environment and the skills and employment of individuals. A dispersed field of actors makes the issue even more challenging. To meet these challenges, the public business service system and legislation involving the operations of businesses and individuals, must be developed.

Government Programme spearhead projects

The Government Programme (2011 – 2015) includes a number of objectives and measures aimed at developing business and entrepreneurship in the creative industries. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy either bears first-hand responsibility for implementing these, or shares such responsibility with the Ministry of Education and Culture. MEE Corporate actors promote the creative economy as part of their normal everyday activities.

Spearhead projects, listed below, promote the business and competence of creative industry firms, and their employment-related effects. They focus on improving the supply and availability of public business services. Another key sector is the development of a business operating environment based on intellectual property rights. A simultaneous aim involves creating functional structures to enable cooperation between actors responsible for development, within the MEE Corporate and between ministries.

  • Revision of the national design programme (2013)
  • Creative economy at work project involves the development of operating models to enhance the employment of people active in the creative industries
  • Product and service development, which are helping to support cultural entrepreneurship and job creation in the creative industries
  • Report on creative industry for developing activity and coordination between ministries (2012)
  • Promotion of cultural exports and marketing expertise in the creative industries
  • Report on a capital investment fund for businesses in the creative industries
  • To improve the status of creative industry actors, the need to reform employment, social security and tax legislation will be examined horizontally within administrative functions.

Page last updated: 03.01.2014

Further information

Petra Tarjanne