Active ageing: Results from Western Finland


  • Fredrica Nyqvist Åbo Akademi
  • Mikael Nygård Åbo Akademi
  • Fredrik Snellman Umeå University


active ageing, linguistic groups, gender, municipality


The Active Ageing Index (AAI) can be applied across countries to compare active aging outcomes, evaluate the current situation regarding ageing, and identify the most desired directions for policy action. While the AAI-EU is addressed on a national level, it can also be used for assessing active ageing policies on the municipal level, which is the case in this study. The aim of this article was to assess active ageing amongst older people in western parts of Finland by adapting the methodology used for the AAI-EU. We used GERDA data (n=5,011) collected from people aged 66, 71, 76, 81 and 86 for our descriptive analyses. The results showed that the municipalities differed in their active ageing outcomes, and that men and Swedish speakers generally scored higher on the index, which is something that warrants further investigation. Based on the results, we argue that AAI could potentially be used as a tool to monitor various dimensions of active ageing on a regional level and that gender and ethno-linguistic characteristics should be a central concern for a discussion on ageing in our study region.

Descriptive findings



How to Cite

Nyqvist, F., Nygård, M., & Snellman, F. (2019). Active ageing: Results from Western Finland. Finnish Journal of Social Research, 12, 55–66.