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Lapland's Arctic Specialisation Programme

  The European Commission has introduced the Smart Specialisation1 policy concept in order to support the regions of the EU and to boost competitiveness and innovation. Smart specialisation strategies help regions integrate their development efforts through EU financing. Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme focuses on the points of departure and opportunities of Lapland’s smart specialisation and on concrete draft proposals. The key target group in the programme is financing authorities and Lapland’s development organisations.

Arctic regions are important in global terms, so they also arouse international interest from the point of view of finance, expertise, education and research. Finland’s new national Arctic strategy also relies on this approach and the fact that Finland as a whole is part of the Arctic Region. Lapland, Finland’s northernmost region, is an essential part of Finland’s Arctic character, considering that of the people living to the north of the 60th latitude, almost every third is a Finn2.

The following development cornerstones have been identified in the preparation of Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme: accessibility, the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and natural conditions, increasing value added, making more efficient use of the expertise already accumulated in Lapland, and Arctic pride. The programme recognises the role of Lapland as an Arctic living environment, in which development efforts are constantly pursued in close interaction with inhabitants and the Arctic nature. The key objective is to identify and develop Arctic fields of business whose sustainable utilisation will offer Lapland opportunities to exploit its commercial expertise in the short, medium and long term. Another aim is to offer employment to inhabitants and provide companies with preconditions for new business.

According to the vision of Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme 2030, Lapland will enjoy a leading position in exploiting and commercialising Arctic natural resources and conditions. Lapland will also be the centre of international arctic transport, information and telecommunications. From the point of view of Lapland’s future, the aspects to be highlighted are the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and natural conditions and increasing value added. The most important Arctic spearhead sectors in Lapland are the mining and metal industry, tourism and bioeconomy. Although Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme focuses on specific sectors, it also challenges others to innovate new, strong spearhead sectors. The expertise that has accumulated in Lapland will be utilised across several sectors. The unexploited draft innovations generated by companies, research institutes and educational institutions in Lapland will be investigated systematically.

Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme contains proposals for action for the period 2014-2020. The proposals  are  divided into three main  categories:  the  refining of Arctic natural resources, utilisation of Arctic natural conditions and cross-cutting development enabling Arctic growth. The programme contains some 50 specified proposals for action. The programme is linked with Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation roadmap, which sets out the phasing of the various actions for the period 2014- 2020. In addition, the programme describes  the structure of financing innovations and business in Lapland, within the framework of which the actions will be implemented. The proposals for action of the Arctic programme will be integrated with broader regional development work by means of a regional assessment and monitoring model.

More information on Lapland's Arctic Specialisation Programme


The Lapland's Arctic Specialisation Programme is available here Statistics and publications

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