Silver Economy Forum

It was our true pleasure to organize the High-Level Forum on the Silver Economy on 9-10 July 2019, in the Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, as a part of the official programme of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Finnish EU Council Presidency ended at  31.12.2019.

The Forum was driven by the positive approach towards longevity and the consequent demographic change. The Forum debated ageing policies in Europe and globally; addressed a variety of pressing needs resulting from the demographic change; showcased digital and other technologies and new business models; brought together policy makers and businesses active in the Silver Economy to discuss and explore future trends; and also showcased ageing policies and action worldwide for the global audience.

The Forum brought together more than 70 high-level speakers, 600 participants and over 3000 on-line viewers . They represented national and international political decision-makers and public officials, representatives of international organisations, experts and researchers, significant business operators mainly from Europe, Asia and North America, as well as non-governmental organisations.

You can find plenty of information in these web pages, including three background papers.

The Forum contributed also to the Council Conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing, adopted in October at the EPSCO Council.

You can re-live the Forum through the high-quality web streaming.

Photos of the Forum are available here. Copyright Lehtikuva. Please credit also the photographer.

Watch the recording of the Day 1 - The New Silver Future.

Watch the recording of the Day 2 - The Silver Economy in Action.


For the first-time ever, this high-level Forum brings together business and government to illuminate the progress and challenges inherent in this global demographic change. The program features innovative, thought-provoking and action-oriented conversations with, and between, leading policy makers, NGOs, academics and the private sector operators of best-in-class commercial entities.

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Werner Baumann

Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG

Vytenis Andriukaitis

Health Commissioner of the European Commission

Jeff Huber

President and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care

Lorna Sabbia

Managing Director and Head of Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions at Bank of America

Amy Khor

Senior Minister of State for Health of Singapore

Stefano Scarpetta

Director for Employment of Labour and Social Affairs, OECD