Päijät-Häme (FI1C3)

General Information

  • Lahti
  • 6.255 km2   (2015)
  • 198.565 (2022)
  • 5.290,28 (2009)
  • % of the National GDP 2,91 (2009)
  • % of Unemployment 17.2
  • Regional GERD (%) -
Urban Data Platform

S3 Thematic Platforms

S3 Priorities


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+ Sustainability New opportunities for the region can be found at the intersection of sustainability and the spearheads mentioned above. As sustainability is a cross-cutting principle, it brings the region’s Smart Specialisation Strategy close to the S4 approach. At the same time, we must ensure economic continuity as traditional industries in the region strive for renewal. In practice all development actions must support our regional goals of circular economy and climate change mitigation.
Sports The region is one of the leading organisers of international sport events in Finland. Sports and recreation activities have an adequate business base and great potential internationally. The Päijät-Häme Region and the city of Lahti strive to be the sustainability forerunner in this sector in Northern Europe by 2030. Lahti SportsHub (https://www.lahtisportshub.fi/) aims at diverse environment for sports and an attractive destination for local tourism and events. Lahti SportsHub is a partner in the ClusSport network. ClusSport is the project consortium in the thematic area of sport of the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation.
Food and beverage This spearhead includes the food and beverage industry, restaurant and café business, creative activities related to food and beverage, and some parts of the tourism sector. The related primary production and RDI activities are also a key part of this spearhead. The Päijät-Häme Grain Cluster includes the entire production chain from raw material to the latest product innovations and innovative re-use of side streams. The Grain Cluster in Päijät-Häme (https://viljaklusteri.fi/en/an-evolving-cluster/) has brought together companies, primary production and RDI actors that are vital to the industry.
Manufacturing The backbone of the region’s economic structure is a diversified industry. A strong group of family-owned, export-oriented companies and SMEs has kept the wheels of Päijät-Häme rolling. The industry in the region is undergoing structural change. Some companies have already modernised their production, but there is still room for progress, and at the same time for even more international potential. The whole value chain is developed in accordance with the green and digital transition to ensure better design, production and distribution methods. The RDI base of the manufacturing industry needs to be strengthened to gain international success in a competitive market for sustainable and innovative products.

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Design The region’s major city, Lahti, is famous for its design education and development projects centered around the Lahti Design Institute in Lahti University of Applied Sciences. The companies in the region have utilised local design skills in their product development, which has given them advantage in the market. User-centered design processes help to design better products and services. The region has specialized in classical industrial design and immaterial design in its various forms, including information design and brand.
Sports and Experiences Well-being, sport, tourism, culture and tourism experiences - wrapping all this to an interesting product raise Region’s attraction as a good place to live, travel to and make sustainable business. Päijät-Häme’s assets are high-level knowledge of sport and organizing sport and cultural events and clean and easily attainable nature and lake areas.
Circular economy The circular economy in Päijät-Häme translates into energy and resource efficiency and new solutions. The circular economy will create new business opportunities, products and services. These new services and circular economy education at different levels will develop skills and offer companies new business opportunities and knowledge in the transition to a sustainable economy. Read more about goals and actions: Päijät-Häme Road Map towards Circular Economy: https://paijat-hame.fi/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Roadmap_CE_eng.pdf and Päijät-Häme Bio-based Circular Economy Action Plan https://www.interregeurope.eu/bioregio/action-plans/

You can obtain more detail following this link: EYE@RIS3 Priorities



  • Email: Juha.Hertsi@paijat-hame.fi
  • Phone: 0035 844 3719442


  • Email: riika.kivela@paijat-hame.fi
  • Phone: 0035 844 3719454


  • Email: Elina.aakko@paijat-hame.fi
  • Phone: 0035 844 3719458