The phenomenon and the notion of social capital are not new, but they are being approached and discussed in the context of new concepts of sustainable development of rural areas. The authoressess present the main conclusions and observations from an international Summer Academy devoted to the issue of social capital of rural areas that was organized in Finland . For more information about the organizer of workshops, about its forms and methodology see the previous abstract of the same authoresses' article.They also present, using the examples of Finish villages, the process and effects of the strengthening of the social capital of rural communities.
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