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A star in the firmament of Nordic innovation capitals, Oulu attracts much attention from all over Europe and beyond for its buzzing start-up environment, technological progress, and history of recovery. This places Oulu at the heart of a network of international projects working for greener and smarter communities.

Join us and discover how cooperation between key innovation actors in Oulu, Northern Europe, and Russia makes a difference for the future of this region. Read more about the exhibition here.


The exhibition will open with a message from Ms Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister of European Affairs of Finland, at 19:00 on 21st September 2020 at Business Oulu.

The evening will be moderated by Marko Ruokangas, Programme Director of Karelia ENI CBC Programme.

19:00 – Welcome and introduction
19:10 – Message from Ms Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister of European Affairs, Finland
19:30 – Mr Juha Ala-Mursula, Director of BusinessOulu

The opening ceremony will be followed by refreshments. The event will be conducted mainly in Finnish. The exhibition will remain open until 25th September 2020.

 Registrations are closed as we reached maximum capacity



Start: 21 September 2020
End: 25 September 2020
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

BusinessOulu, Hallituskatu, Oulu, Finland

Hallituskatu 36 A
90100 Oulu


This exhibition is the joint effort of 5 cooperation programmes and local partners in Oulu.

Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic

The NPA programme forms a cooperation between 9 partner countries: the EU Member States of Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom and Sweden and Non-EU Member States Norway, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland.
  • Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic
    Despite geographical differences, the large programme area shares a number of joint challenges and opportunities that can best be overcome and realised by transnational cooperation.
    It is the programme’s vision is to help to generate vibrant, competitive and sustainable communities, by harnessing innovation, expanding the capacity for entrepreneurship and seizing the unique growth initiatives and opportunities of the Northern and Arctic regions in a resource efficient way.
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Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Partners from countries around the Baltic Sea work together in transnational projects on common key challenges and opportunities.
  • Interreg Baltic Sea Region
    The Programme is an agreement between EU member states Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and the northern parts of Germany as well as partner countries Norway, Belarus and the northwest regions of Russia.

    The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 supports integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region.
    Partners from countries around the Baltic Sea work together in trans

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Interreg NORD

Interreg V A Nord supports cross-border cooperation between north Norway, north Finland, north Sweden and Sápmi, which spreads across the three countries.
  • Interreg NORD
    The overall goal Interreg NORD is to strengthen the competitiveness and attractiveness of the program area. To accomplish this, the region needs to be developed in an economic, social and environmental sustainable way.

    It is desirable that the cross-border cooperation takes place between all three countries, Norway, Sweden and Finland, as far as possible, and that they aim to identify common challenges and opportunities.
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Kolarctic ENI CBC

Kolarctic ENI CBC 2014-2020 is a financing programme for supporting cooperation between the countries in the North Calotte (Finland, Sweden, Norway) and northwest Russia.
  • Kolarctic ENI CBC
    Overall objecitve of the Kolarctic ENI CBC is to promote a viable economy and the attractiveness of the region, where inhabitants and visitors are able to enjoy the arctic nature and where the natural resources are used in a sustainable way.
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Karelia ENI CBC

Cross-border cooperation (CBC) is an integral component of EU-Russia cooperation. CBC Programmes operate for the benefit of both sides of the border.
  • Karelia ENI CBC
    The Karelia CBC Programme shall enhance the practical cooperation between the Finnish and Russian regions with the support of the Russian Federation, Finland and the European Union.
    The Programme shall complement the regional development programmes with its specific cross-border nature. At the same time it shall contribute to the European level strategic and thematic objectives defined for cross-border cooperation under the European Neighbourhood Policy.
    As for the Russian side, according to the Concept for the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation the development of regional and cross-border co-operation is an important component of bilateral relations with the relevant countries and regions in the commercial and economic, humanitarian and other fields. Cross-border co-operation is important for strengthening the trust and mutual understanding of the Russian Federation and the European Union.

    The programme core region consists of the regions of Kainuu, North Karelia and Oulu in Finland and the Republic of Karelia in Russia.

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Regional Council of Oulu

Northern Ostrobothnia stretches across the whole of Finland from west to east, from the shores of the Baltic Sea all the way to the eastern border of Finland, and thus the eastern border of the European Union.
  • Regional Council of Oulu
    Northern Ostrobothnia´s nature, economy and networks form a combination offering great possibilities of living, travel and professional life.
    Thanks to the excellent transport connections and international networks of expertise, the region now occupies an established position as a gateway between east and west, including an emphasis on the Arctic region through Barents cooperation.
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City of Oulu

The City of Oulu is the capital of northern Finland. The Oulu Region has about 250,000 inhabitants and it is the fastest-growing region in Finland.
  • City of Oulu
    Nowadays the Oulu Region is well known for its technology, the hi-tech growth having started after the establishment of Oulu University in 1958. There are two science parks in the region: Technopolis Plc, Scandinavia's first science park, and Medipolis Ltd., as well as a technology centre, Ii Micropolis Ltd. The region is home to many hi-tech companies, such as Nokia, and the sector currently employs over 10,000 people.
    There are several research institutes, including VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University Hospital. There is also the multidisciplinary Oulu University of Applied Sciences.
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BusinessOulu is responsible for implementing the city's industry policies and providing companies with development services according to the principles outlined by the City Council and City Board.
  • BusinessOulu
    BusinessOulu aims at creating a business climate that supports entrepreneurship and boosts the creation, operation, growth and competitiveness of businesses, which will, consequently, enhance the employment situation. BusinessOulu promotes the internationalisation of local companies and handles the international business marketing of Oulu.
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Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland

The MEAE (TEM in Finnish) is the incumbent Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
    The Monitoring Committee (MC) is in charge of supervising the programme. Its overall task is to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the programme's implementation. The MC is also responsible for the assessment and selection of project applications.
    Each programme partner country is represented on the committee and decisions are made by consensus.

    The Ministry is responsible for regional development and cooperation areas of the regional councils.
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