Regional Development

Regional development is multi-level activity and cooperation of administrative branches based on interaction between the state, regional councils, municipalities and others, which is founded on the different national and regional strengths and needs. (Objectives and planning of regional development – Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (tem.fi))

Priorities for development in North Karelia 2022–2025

 Development themes in North Karelia’s regional strategic programme (POKAT 2025)

The regional strategic programme (POKAT 2025) contains the goals of development based on the region’s potential, needs and special features, as well as a description of the key measures for achieving these goals. The themes of the POKAT 2025 regional strategic programme were derived from the national decision on regional development and the North Karelia 2040 strategy:

  • Accessibility – a functioning transport system
  • Growing competitiveness and the region’s strengths
  • Skilled life – education and competence
  • Wellbeing – healthy, thriving and inclusive residents
  • Climate resilience and biodiversity

Digitalisation, internationalisation and sustainable growth are cross-cutting elements in all development activities.

Development themes in North Karelia’s regional programme

Sustainable, smart and international North Karelia – smart specialisation strategy of North Karelia

The smart specialisation strategy is part of North Karelia’s regional strategic programme (POKAT 2025). In accordance with the requirements for the 2021–2027 programming period, the choices for smart specialisation have been made based on a broad thematic and phenomenon-based approach instead of a business-oriented sectoral one. The growth and internationalisation of companies continue to be at the core of development.

  • Change is the predominant feature in the current operating environment, and to prepare for it, we need broad-based development that understands the regions’ characteristics and areas of strength. The priorities of North Karelia’s smart specialisation strategy are:
  • Renewable industry and emerging technologies
  • Clean solutions and a green transition
  • Innovative and sustainably produced services
The priorities of North Karelia’s smart specialisation strategy