The area of Bothnian Bay has a strong industrial history and it’s circumstances are favorable for cross-border business. The border
between Finland and Sweden has been so called soft border for centuries. It has enabled composing not only close social relations and a cross-border community but also flexible mobility of labor, goods and services.
The global pandemic and restrictions in mobility had negative effects to daily life of border communities. It also weakened the dynamics of cross-border cooperation. Bothnian Arc partnership themes aim at restarting and activating systematic co-operation and 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 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
- Taking into consideration needs of both passenger and goods transport
- Identify and promote development activities which promote use of digitalization in logistics sector aiming at reaching climate goals in travel and transport chains
- Bothnian Arc Transport Forum will be launched in 2024!
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 the 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.