Svenskfinlands Byar (SFB), founded in 1994, under the name Svensk Byaservice, is a collaborative forum for rural development in Swedish-speaking areas of Finland. SFB is maintained by Svenska lantbrukssällskapens förbund.
SFB is working closely with the regional villages organizations and local action groups. We are working to support and assist the villages in their activities. SFB is no umbrella organization and does not aim to control the activity. The village decides, SFB spreads information and assists the villages to learn from each other.
SFB is responsible for the Swedish-speaking activities of Suomen Kylät ry whose activity includes activation activity, coordination and information.
Democracy and public participation are important issues for the SFB. One way to work for increased citizen participation is village planning.
Den finlandssvenska Landsbygdsriksdagen, a meeting for rural developers mainly from Swedish-speaking areas of Finland, is held every second year. SFB along with partner(s) organizes the meeting. The purpose is to get together rural developers, village activists and people from the local citizens' groups and organizations to debate the village and rural development, and offer opportunities for exchange of ideas.