At the background of the programme are the many changes that have recently taken place in the Global North. Due to the warming of the climate, the geopolitical significance of the northern regions has changed, which has caused an economic race to the Arctic. The relations between Russia and the West have become tense and polarised, and migrations and refugee situations have brought new neighbours to the Finnish society.
In the programme we ask how humans, groups, states and cultures can live close to each other, communicate and create a sense of community despite the different backgrounds, languages and sets of values? How have the neighbour relations of Finland and within the Finnish society changed, as well as our conceptions of them? The programme focuses on the changing neighbournesses of Finland both on the micro and the macro level, using different approaches.
During the programme we will organise events relevant for its themes, as well as funding calls. In addition, the programme will be taken into account in the annual funding rounds of the foundation and the Saari Residence.
The first thematic call was Close Neighbours in September 2016.
The second thematic call was Neigbour dialogues in September 2017.
In September 2018, we will hold a themed application round Our vital neighbours on the neighbourliness of humans and other biological species.