Sisältöön Sivun ylälaitaan Sivukartta Palaute Tulosta

Lapland SWOT

The SWOT analysis for Lapland is a condensed compilation of Lapland’s current strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats until 2020 that arose in the operating environment description.


  • Diverse, beautiful and clean nature
  • Developing industries that are based on rich natural resources
  • Continuously growing and developing diverse tourism
  • Companies' turnover develops faster than the rest of the country
  • Comprehensive road network and functional transport
  • Mostly good availability of basic services in municipalities
  • Relatively comprehensive provision of education
  • Co-operation between higher education institutes, specialised competence areas, research fields that support growing industries
  • Rich Lapland culture and Sámi culture
  • Diverse opportunities for sports, exercise and recreation
  • Good co-operation within the region and beyond its borders


  • The operating environment has good development potential for industries and companies
  • Renewable energy, sustainable use of natural resources and the circular economy are strengthening business areas
  • Clusters and strengthening networks support business operations
  • Increasing demand for ecologically and ethically produced foodstuffs and products
  • The strengthening shared goal of developing Lapland
  • Wide-scale utilisation of the Lapland brand and awareness of Lapland
  • Co-operation between educational and research institutes, business life and the public sector in research, development and innovation activities
  • Leveraging the opportunities offered by Arctic Europe
  • Increasing the Nordic mobility of companies and labour
  • Digitalisation and independence of location in service development and business activities


  • Companies lack preparedness to operate internationally
  • Insufficient co-operation between fields and some conflicts
  • Distorted population structure and emigration of young people
  • High and long-term unemployment
  • Differences in service availability and quality between municipalities
  • Lack of comprehensive telecommunications connections and poor performance of connections
  • Accessibility is a bottleneck for development of industry and commerce
  • The municipalities in Lapland have weak finances
  • Weakened development resources due to public sector rationalisation measures


  • Extended recession in Finland and the resulting extreme rationalisation measures and reduced resources
  • Failure at reconciling trades
  • Lack of success of Lapland-based companies in international competition
  • Increasingly difficult labour incidence issues
  • Weakened availability and accessibility of education and training
  • Centralisation of research activities and education at a few centres nationwide
  • Worsening road conditions