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Arctic Smartness
Regional Council of Lapland
S3 and cluster development:

Kristiina Jokelainen
tel. +358 40 501 9856


Arctic Smartness

Arctic Industry and Circular Economy

Arctic Smart Rural Community

Arctic Design

Arctic Safety and Security

Arctic Development Environments


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Arctic Smartness - The story of smart specialisation in Lapland

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The European Commission introduced the Smart Specialisation 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.

Key objective is to develop Arctic fields of business

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 latest 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.

Proposals for action for the period 2014-2020 

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.


Lapland's Arctic Specialisation Programme

Summary of the Lapland's Arctic Specialisation Programme


Projects as support actions

Arctic Bioeconomy

Project targets to deeper cooperation among regional development dedicated organisations and companies operating in bioeconomy. Project supports regional Arctic Smart Rural Communities cluster, national and EU-level brand of bioeconomy and focuses e.g. on agro-food, forest based refining, decentralised renewable energy solutions, bio-components, wood/CLT construction and blue bioeconomy. As an output project will produce a development programme for bioeconomy in Lapland.


Mining industry is a significant economic sector in both Lapland and North Karelia. The full benefit from mining industry may be gained only if sustainable development and environmental and social constraints are taken into account in the planning and execution of the mining projects. One of the development cornerstones of Lapland's Arctic Specialisation Programme is the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and the spearhead sector "New sustainable arctic industry and mining". To promote the Arctic Specialisation Programme, new regional clusters were created in Lapland to promote multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary cooperation between regional actors in the RDI and SME sectors. Mining industry is a global sector, integrating Lapland into an international network of mining regions and as a part in the EU industrial policy. The regional programme of North Karelia also promotes the development of natural stone and mining sector through e.g. the Mining industry development project, which aims to enhance the SME-sector and promote their inclusion into national and international consortia and networks.

The Arctic Smart Mining Cluster AMIC is built to integrate the RDI-sector and industrial partners working in the mining industry into a multi-regional cluster in Lapland and North Karelia. The AMIC cluster also promotes the networking and integration of the cluster members in international level to other mining regions in Europe. The RDI partners (GTK, LapinAMK, LaY) and regional consulting services (Kemin Digipolis Oy, Josek Oy) collect the regional mining industry knowhow in Lapland and North Karelia into a larger network that enhances the mining sector and improves the partners' chance to participate into international consortia. The AMIC project is divided into four working packages: (1) Enhancing the RDI sector, (2) Social licensing of the mining sector, (3) EU level collaboration and (4) Communication and image building. The AMIC cluster aims at strong networking of mining industry in Lapland and North Karelia in national and international level and promoting the social licensing of the mining sector by increasing the knowledge of the sector in the society.

Future: Arctic Smartness Excellence

Arctic Smartness Exellence (ASE) -project carries out activities related to the Regional Smart Specialistation Strategy of Lapland. The Arctic Smart Specialisation Programme* is by definition supporting growth and empowerment through entrepreneurship linkages that have been executed in two previous ERDF** projects led by the Regional Council of Lapland with core actors present also in this project. This Arctic Smartness Exellence (ASE) -project will carry out actions that are concentrated on developing and supporting the consolidation and development of five modern Clusters with Entrepreneurial thinking driving them forward. The clusters are called Arctic Smartness Clusters and the five are called Arctic Design, Arctic Safety, Arctic Industry, Arctic Smart Rural network and Arctic Development Environments. The core actors in the clusters and also in this Project are University of Lapland (Project leader), Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Geological survey of Finland, Rovaniemi Regional Development Agency, Regional Council of Lapland, Digipolis Ltd and Natural Resources Institute Finland.

Work is divided between four integrated Work Packages. First WP is coordinating the Cluster development, second WP will be creating methods for R&D support for clusters and also creation of a new Lappish Innovation platform Center of Arctic Smartness Excellence, Third WP is devoted to Internationalisation actions, in particular aiding the clusters by creating funding and consortium building roadmaps and also acquiring expertise in preparing and submitting more successful application to EU funding instruments. The fourth WP is taking care of the overall management and communications and proactive evaluation of the project.

Main results of the project will be improved and more internationalised Cluster cooperation and impact, and also support clusters' ambitions toward internationalisation and tapping into Direct EU funding, Horizon 2020 in particular. The new Lappish Innovation platform - Center of Arctic Smartness Excellence will be created to support cluster's needs and also feed innovations and ideas and work as a booster for innovations using UE's TRL (technological readiness level) classification implementation, in particular in development, testing and service design laboratories and facilities.

**The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)



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