International Cooperation 

International cooperation enables us to develop our regional strategy, to learn from other experienced regions and other actors, and to share our knowledge to create new ideas and innovations. We are eager to cooperate, and willing to use our regional networks for project development.

On European territorial cooperation level, our region is a part of Interreg Baltic Sea region and Northern Periphery and Arctic programme. We have also experience on Interreg Europe  programme and Life programme (integrated projects, IP).


Our ongoing projects:

Three T (Thematic Trail Trigger) is triggering the performance of regional policy instruments to enhance the protection, accessibility, visibility and eco-tourism potential of natural and cultural heritage. The aim is to create thematic trails or valorise those already existing and to search possibilities for human-powered, green and soft mobility. (2018 - 2022)


CREADIS3 integrates culture and creative economy with economic policy instruments, including regional strategies. (2017-2019)

CIRCWASTE promotes circular economy and efficient use of material flows. One of the key focus areas in Central Finland is promotion of biogas production and use. (2016-2023)

RDI2CluB improves the understanding of the bioeconomy in the region and encourages bioeconomy-related innovations especially in SMEs. (2017-2020)

BalticForbio focuses on forest related bioeconomy, especially on distributing the best practices to end users and showing the potential of forest-based bioeconomy. (2017-2020)

Contact persons:

Dept. Development Manager/Bioeconomy
Outi Pakarinen
+358 40 595 0018

Education export, TCI, direct regional partnerships
Development Manager Kari Pirinen
Mobile +358 40 595 0008

Creative economy
Development Manager Raija Partanen
Mobile +358 40 595 0139

Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce
Development Manager Veli-Pekka Päivänen
Mobile +358 40 595 0005


In Brussels, we are represented by the West Finland European Office