Presentation of the Region
Nature, the refining of natural resources, and strong technological expertise have created the foundation for economic development in East and North Finland (ENF). Complimentary competences such as ICT, other digital, chemical and technological expertise, support the traditional industries and are also growing business sectors themselves in East and North Finland. The area as a whole is one of EU´s Northern Sparsely Populated Areas with population of 1,3 million inhabitants covering a surface area of over 220 000 km2. Abundant natural resources and top-notch expertise are the foundation for growth in the ENF regions.
The regions of East and North Finland are working together to build an attractive operating environment where companies can work and grow. The strategy aims at strengthening the co-operation of the ENF area and promoting growth and internationalisation of enterprises. The strategy is based on common priorities that have been collected from the smart specialisation strategies of the ENF regions. The identified common growth sectors in the East and North Finland are bioeconomy and new products, sustainable mining, chemical industry, manufacturing industry, sustainable tourism and appeal and new emerging industries.
Cross-cutting competences have also been identified that the ENF regions possess speacialised expertise, technology and business activities in. The cross-cutting competencies are CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES AND LOW-CARBON SOLUTIONS, INDUSTRIAL CIRCULAR ECONOMY and DIGITALISATION, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PRODUCTION PROCESSES.