Arctic Smart Rural Community

Finland: North and East Finland
Johannes Vallivaara

Overview

Profile:
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About us

Arctic Smart Rural Community cluster's mission is to stop capital outflow from rural areas at Lapland Finland. Cluster is a modern regional development model where are combining traditional cluster ideology and regional development. Strategic choises are: food, decentralized renewable energy and coordination of regional development funding in rural areas.

Lapland is sparsely populated region where dencity is 1,8 person per sqm. Thats why the traditional clusterising is not work here. Our base for the development are villages which we are having about 300. In villages circular economy faces over the food production, renewable energy production and with other industries in a small scale, but constructs a big networked sell structure.

Food is our peak to the Europe. Lapland is having clean and rich nature what can offer new business potential to rural areas. Networking small companies from villages we are creating new value chains and looking new partners to create in co-operation new business.

Renewable energy is the biggest source for capital outflow from rural areas. Our 300 villages are using volum of 250 million euros per year to energy what coult to produce sustainable from own resources. That money is creating industrial potential and is giving a huge core competenseto other industries in rural areas.

The third part of clusters strategy is coordinate regional rural development what are implemented with ERDF, EARDF, ESF and others. Inside of cluster we create value chains also from projects to support business development.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 60
    Cluster Members
  • 50
    SME's
  • 0
    Large Companies
  • 10
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

We have created modern model for developing rural areas co-operation with regional developers and companies. Our goal on this is to be the European leading area for developing sparsely populated areas.

We have a model for developing small villages to agrocenters - balanced energy, food and business activity system where ownership is local people, farms and firms.

Management team

Johannes Vallivaara
Cluster Manager
Tanja Häyrynen
Other

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Biopharmaceuticals

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

Name & description

Several regional European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and European Regional Development Fund projects.

- for developing arctic food system, agriculture and natural product industry

- for developing self-sufficient renewable energy systems

- for developing other industries at rural area

Project name

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

China
Japan
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Italy
Romania
Spain

Transnational support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

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Document Published: 18.10.2016
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