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Arctic Smartness
Regional Council of Lapland
S3 and cluster development:

Kristiina Jokelainen
tel. +358 40 501 9856


Arctic Smartness

Arctic Smart Rural Community

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Johannes Vallivaara



Big visions of rural Lapland - still down to earth

Rural Lapland is more than a wilderness. The multiple alternatives utilising the forests and hundreds of lakescould upgrade and safeguard livelihood in the peripheral rural communities. Openminded development and smart utilisation of the potential will provide new breeding ground for the emerging industries and plays a focal role in breaking the tendency of declining economies in peripheral rural communities.

"We live in the midst of nature's own treasure trove. If we combine the expertise of those operating
in different sectors in Lapland, we will have the knowledge and skills to develop the products and services that are already high in quality into worldclass success stories," says Johannes Vallivaara from ProAgria Lapland, who has followed the matter on company level for years.

"We just need to dismiss our notions of a dying countryside and trace a new smartly specialised,
living rural Lapland
of opportunities," Vallivaara says.


  Arctic Rural infograph


Specialisation key to make Lapland's rural cluster top in Europe

By working together, companies and communities learn from each other and build trust, the basis of successful co-operation.

"The purpose of the smart rural cluster that we have put together this autumn is to be an easily approachable network of experts, and with its joint efforts we aspire to raise rural Lapland from amateur level straight to top European class. You cannot succeed in European funding arenas as an individual organisation, you need to have a more extensive group of participants from Lapland," says Vallivaara, who coordinates the cluster.

In addition to ProAgria Lapland, participants involved in designing the Arctic smart rural cluster include the Natural Resources Institute Finland, the Lapland University of Applied Sciences, the City of Kemijärvi, the Sodankylä municipality, Rovaniemi Development Ltd., the University of Lapland, Digipolis and many others in the region.

Energy-independent village in Lapland

Xylitol, resin salve, berries, fish and functional plants. Wood construction, advanced biofuels, biodegradable packaging materials and wood composite products. Bioeconomy is all of this and more. Sustainable processing of natural raw materials with modern technology.

The potential of the bioeconomy springs from realneeds. Traditionally forest in Lapland is seen as a
source of one product mainly used by the large fores industry. By thinking small, we can actually develop something big - new generation SME development brings hope for the future. For example, people around the world are interested in fresh food from Lapland and the new generation wood processing business is growing. Substitutes are sought for non-renewable raw materials. When we decrease our dependence on fossil fuels, we create new jobs in sparsely populated areas at the same time.

"With modern technology, an individual farm can utilise a reasonable amount of waste energy and bioenergy. On the other hand, a whole village can be transformed almost energy-independent with moderate investments," says senior rural business developer Keijo Siitonen from ProAgria Lapland.

Based on recent research by ProAgria and the Natural Resources Institute Finland, such an energy renovation would bring annual savings of approximately €800,000 to a village of 65 houses. That will have a direct cumulative impact on to economic development and generation of new business.


Cluster Manager Johannes Vallivaara,