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Lapland accessibility coordination project

suomeksi: Lapin saavutettavuuden kattohanke

logos - Lapland, EU, ERDF

The Lapland accessibility coordination project is a project carried out by the Regional Council of Lapland with ERDF funding from 1 March 2015 to 30 September 2018. The starting point of the project is a cross-border review of the accessibility of the entire Barents region, promoting an open Arctic market and competitive, evolving economy. The Arctic region will be a vibrant, developing, intelligent and ecological operating environment for businesses and residents in the region. Lapland is located at the centre of the world, accessible from different regions and markets.


Good accessibility is a strategic choice for Lapland

Logistics is one of the most significant factors determining where businesses are located. Accessibility, including good transport connections, is a prerequisite for the favourable development of businesses, people and services. Good accessibility is one of the four strategic choices of the Finnish Lapland regional strategic programme.

Logistics infrastructure can also make up the backbone of the development of a new industrial ecosystem. For the development of the region, it is essential how markets and resources are located and how the region is accessible. Connecting these themes to foresighting and assessment of future potential and opportunities, it will bring us to the core of future success factors in terms of accessibility.

Four strategic choices of Lapland

Lapland is connected to the development and grasps opportunities

Economic structure in Lapland is versatile and developing. Lapland is located at the heart of the Barents region. How to utilize the full development potential to become a centre of Arctic logistics, is a relevant question. This will support the development of a versatile industrial ecosystem. Ensuring accessibility with all modes of transport and to all directions and connectivity to developing transport corridors and development zones and corridors is of great significance.

The EU Arctic strategy emphasizes the importance and future potential of Arctic region. It is essential to expand the core network corridors into the Arctic and in thereby firmly connect the Arctic to the European transport system. This is one of the requirements to implement EU Arctic strategies in practice. In Finland and in Lapland, a common intent and message to promote is required. Furthermore, feasible development projects need to be established and promoted actively.

In the project, a future scenario of freight transport flows until 2040 is drafted. It is based on assumption that industrial structures in Lapland are developing and strengthening. Lapland is connected to several major development trends, such as European growth corridors, transport through the Northern Sea Route, the development of the New Silk Road and business growth in Northwest Russia. Finnish Lapland is an active player at the centre of the Barents and Arctic region. Cross-border growth corridors will arise through the development of transport infrastructure and industrial structures. Transport system is a booster and backbone of development.


Results and materials

There is great interest in the potential of the Arctic region, and tapping into this potential requires improved accessibility. The Lapland accessibility coordination project outlines these system-level development needs and opportunities from different perspectives. Connecting Lapland to the rest of the world is emphasized in the project.


Summary (in English and in Finnish)

lapland_accessibility_project_SUMMARY.pdf (300 kt)

lapin_saavutettavuuden_kattohanke_TIIVISTELMA.pdf (400 kt)


Project in brief, 10+ perspectives to the accessibility of Lapland (in English and in Finnish)

lapland_accessibility_project_IN_BRIEF.pdf (3 Mt)

lapin_saavutettavuuden_kattohanke_LYHYESTI.pdf (3 Mt)


Detailed report, incl. themes: approach to accessibility, operational environment, logistics and freight transport, transport infrastructure, corridor development (only in Finnish)

lappi_logistiikan_arktinen_solmupiste_euroopassa_RAPORTTI.pdf (9 Mt)


Detailed report, passenger mobility (only in Finnish)

ihmisten_liikkuminen_ja_saavutettavuustarpeet_lapissa_RAPORTTI.pdf (5 Mt)