The central union of Swedish-speaking agricultural producers in Finland (SLC) has 13 000 members. The farmers are located primarily along the southern and western coast of Finland (map). The Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea are essentially a monolingual Swedish area.
A sister organization, MTK with 153 000 members, is active in Finnish-speaking areas. The member associations of both organizations, side by side, promote basic production and agriculture in cooperation with consumers for the benefit of Finnish food and employment.
There are 4 provincial SLC unions for general management, information and training; ÖSP in Österbotten, NSP in Nyland, ÅSP in Åboland and ÅPF on Åland.
The premises of the Central Union are located in Helsinki. The highest decision-making power at SLC is in the hands of a delegation. The executive body is SLC´s Board of Directors, assisted by a number of committees. They plan the matters of production sectors; milk, meat and corn production, ecological production, seed production, market-garden production, entrepreneurship, social policy, pensions, financing, etc.
Own newspaper and magazine
The organisation has its own newspaper; Landsbygdens Folk (The people of the Countryside), which appears once a week. The newspaper is the only rural newspaper in Swedish in Finland.
The magazine Lantmän och Andelsfolk is published once a month as a supplement to Landsbygdens Folk.
More information about the organisation can be obtained by the information officer Mia Wikström tel. +358-9-5860 4624.
Supervision of interests in Brussels
Finland joined the European Union on 1 January 1995. SLC, its Finnish-speaking sister organisation MTK and The Pellervo Confederation of Finnish Cooperatives have a joint representative in Brussels.
The representative makes sure that the EU’s machinery, Finland’s representatives and the various interest groups have an up-to-date perception of the objectives of Finland’s agricultural and forest policies. The representative observes the operations of the Committee of Agricultural Organisations in the EU (COPA ) and the General Committee for Agricultural Cooperation in the EU (COGECA ) and when needed, represents Finnish organizations within them.