Pohjois-Pohjanmaa (FI1D9)

General Information

  • Oulu
  • -
  • 415.603 (2022)
  • 11.622,75 (2009)
  • % of the National GDP 6,40 (2009)
  • % of Unemployment -
  • Regional GERD (%) -
Urban Data Platform

S3 Thematic Platforms

S3 Priorities


Name Description
International, high skilled, creative industries The Oulu Region is an international, attractive and networked region that invests in know-how, competitiveness and sustainability. A high level of expertise, sustainable values, active innovation ecosystems and efficient data transfer strengthen the regional economy and reform the business community. Internationalisation and networking are ways of increasing the Oulu Region’s competence and competitiveness and promoting the development of the priority areas selected in the smart specialisation strategy. The RDI environments in the Oulu Region are maintained and developed to meet the needs of the business community, and actors are encour aged to participate in international projects and networks. The attractiveness of the region has a significant impact on the location of companies, investments, skilled labour and students in the area. From the point of view of the tourism industry, the attractiveness of the region is a key success factor, to which the northern dimension and the location at the Arctic add value. Creative industries support the development of the region’s attractiveness.
Renewable and healthy The Oulu Region is known for its strong ICT expertise and company base. The strongest industrial sectors are the metal and metal products industry and the further pro cessing of wood, including both biorefining and mechanical processing. New emerging industries include applications and equipment related to health and well-being, as well as various applications of printed electronics, for example. New innovations and industrial solutions are emerging at the interfaces of sectors, where digitalisation and climate chance control are often crucial. The activities of the Digi tal Innovation Hub support the digitalisation of business life and the accumulation of digital skills.
Climate-smart The strategy of smart specialisation aims to have a reducing effect on the region’s greenhouse gas emissions through measures agreed in the Oulu Region’s climate roadmap. The total climate emissions of the Oulu Region’s municipal ities were 3.30 million tonnes of CO2 in 2018. The largest emissions came from agriculture (29%), road transport (22%), district heating (14%) and electricity consumption (heating and consumer electricity combined, 11%). Since 2007, the per capita emissions of municipalities in the Oulu Region have decreased by 23%. (Source: Finnish Environ ment Institute). The figures do not include industrial process emissions. The largest emissions from industrial processes are at the Raahe steel plant: 3.31 million tonnes of CO2 in 2019 (Source: Energy Agency).

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


*Former Region: Northern Ostrobothnia (FI1D6 in 2010)

Name Description
Mining, Steel and Processing Industries, and Wood Processing
Clean Technologies, including Energy
Health and Wellness Technology
ICT and Software Applications for Industry

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



  • Email: paivi.keisanen@pohjois-pohjanmaa.fi
  • Phone: 00358-504310 605


  • Email: mikko.vaisanen@pohjois-pohjanmaa.fi
  • Phone: 00358-503366 524