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SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health is a Finnish umbrella organization of 200 social affairs and health NGO members and dozens of partner members.

SOSTE works for the health and wellbeing of all people. With our members and partners, SOSTE is building the foundation for social wealth, health, opportunities of participation and a fair, responsible society. A socially bound, healthy and genuinely participatory society creates success. This idea forms the basis of our ideology: the wellbeing economy.

Investments in wellbeing and health are long-term joint decisions, and NGO’s must have a strong role in implementing them. Our goal is to increase the impact of social and healthcare organizations in society and achieve a situation where the implementation of the preconditions for a good life are realized for all. We operate on regional, national and international level.

SOSTE was founded 2012 by the Association of Voluntary Health, Social and Welfare Organisations (YTY), Finnish Federation for Social Welfare and Health (STKL) and Finnish Centre for Health Promotion (Tekry).  SOSTE’s Secretary General is Vertti Kiukas (M.A.) and the Chairman is Jukka Tahvanainen, Managing Director of the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired.


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Flexible Basic Social Security – The principles of social and healthcare organisations in the reform of basic social security

Perusturva Selkokielellä Suomeksi På svenska Read the whole book in finnish: Flexible Basic Social Security – The principles of social and healthcare organisations in the reform of basic social security. Summary The purpose of basic social security is to give all people the right to live a good and dignified life. Securing the necessities of life is […]


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Future of Europe publication stimulates debate on social and health issues at EU level

Hyvinvointitalous The European Union is faced with an exceptional year: in addition to the European Parliament elections and the start of a new Commission, Great Britain, one of the biggest member states, might leave the Union in near future. For Finland, this year is particularly interesting, as from July till the end of the year, Finland […]

Wellbeing economy

Wellbeing economy is a term coined by SOSTE and Finnish social and health NGOs. The wellbeing economy may be perceived both as a vision of the future economic and social model and as a certain, already existing sector of our society. Read more about wellbeing economy.

The recent policy proposals and research of international organizations from the perspective of wellbeing economy is a report produced for the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health as a part of the preparation for the Finland’s EU presidency in 2019. Read the report (pdf).

SOSTEs theses for European Parliament election 2019

 1. EU policy strengthens inclusion, sustainable social development and engages everyone.

2. Free and strong civil society is a prerequisite for a democratic Europe.

Read more.

Future of Europe

Future of Europe is an article collection to stimulate debate and advocacy activities relating to social and health issues at EU level. It is published in February 2019 by SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health. Read Future of Europe – Reforming the policies of the European Union.