The area of Bothnian Bay has a strong industrial history and it’s resource is favorable cross-border business circumstances. The border
between Finland and Sweden has been so called soft border until the beginning of the pandemic. It has enabled composing not only social relations and a community cross-border but also flexible mobility of labor, goods and services cross-border.
The global pandemic and restrictions in mobility have had negative effects to daily life of border communities. It has also seriously weakened the dynamics of cross-border cooperation. This project aims to restart and activate systematic, cross-border network after the pandemic.
Concrete goals and actions are in two partnership themes:
1.Sustainable, cross-border traffic and functional logistic connections in Bothnian Arc
The aim is to:
the cross-border co-operation of transport system more effective and coordinated
- Promote the development of regional vision for the future for TEN-T core network in
- Promote cross-border logistical, sustainable transport solutions, transport and travel chains and connectivity of different modes of transports interoperability by taking into consideration both passenger and goods transport standpoint being in infrastructure and investments
- Identify and promote development activities which may help promoting use of digitalization in logistic sector for example reaching climate benefits in travel and transport chains
2. Marine- and northern based tourism development in
The aim is to:
- Strenghten internal and external networks and
partnerships in tourism industry and its sustainable development in
Bothnian Bay area
for creating common crossborder and sustainable tourism services and enhance
accessibility of services and maritime destinations
- Enhance to role of maritime culture and cultural
history in tourism content creation
- Promote the development of the area as coherent,
cross-border, safety tourism destination to meet the new global trends and
international demand and to support tourism and event industries to
recover from pandemic
Project is financed by Ministery of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland. Project is led by the city of Oulu and Business Oulu. Partners of the project are: Finnish-Swedish Bothnian Arc -association, The Council of Oulu Region, Visit Oulu and Metsähallitus.